Le Chat Huant Les Grues


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Vintage: 2021
Region: Loire Valley, France
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: 100% Gamay

Le Chat Huant Les Grues is sourced from 50-year-old Gamay vines near Cheverny. Light and crunchy, with cranberry and wild strawberry aromas and flavors.

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About Le Chat Huant Les Grues

Le Chat Huant Les Grues is sourced from 50-year-old Gamay vines near Cheverny. Light and crunchy, with cranberry and wild strawberry aromas and flavors.

About Le Chat Huant

Direct from Cheverny: the wines of Blandine Floch. After working with the likes of Clos du Tue-Bœuf, Artanuli Gvino, and Domaine du Scarabée, the young couple returned to the Loire Valley and now farm 4.5 hectares of organic Sauvignon, Fie Gris, Côt, Gamay, and Pinot Noir in the communes of Cellettes and Chitenay. The guiding principle is to work in an ecologically-responsible manner in all phases of production, whether in the fields or the cellar. The vines are only treated with herbal teas and copper, and in the cellar, natural processes guide vindication and aging, with sulfur only added when necessary at bottling.

About Cheverny

Cheverny is an appellation for red and white wines in the central Loire Valley wine region of France. It was promoted from VDQS status in March 1993.

The light, fresh Cheverny reds are based on Gamay and Pinot Noir. Cabernet Franc and Côt (the local name for Malbec) can play supporting roles. They are best consumed within two years of vintage.

Pinot Noir is required to form at least 60 percent of the rosé blends. It can be complemented by Gamay and a small addition of Cabernet Franc and Côt.

The less internationally appealing Pineau d’Aunis and Grolleau Noir grape varieties were previously a component in Cheverny rosés. They have now been phased out – as has happened in several other Loire appellations.

White Cheverny wines are based on a majority component of ‘Sauvignon’. This can be a combination of Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris. Lesser proportions of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Arbois (spelled Orbois here) are permitted.

They are not dissimilar in style to the wines of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. However, they do lack the distinctive minerality and searing Sauvignon acidity which defines the eastern Loire’s two most-famous appellations.

Around 40 wine growers produce around 2.7 million liters of red, white, and rosé wines each year. These are made from about 574 hectares (1,418 acres) of vineyards located in Cheverny itself and in 23 nearby parishes on the southern banks of the Loire.

The white wines made from Romorantin in the Cour-Cheverny appellation are quite distinct. However, they are produced from an area with the wider Cheverny catchment area.

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