Philippe Chevarin Le Souffle
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Region: Loire Valley, France
Grape varieties: Melon de Bourgogne
Philippe Chevarin Le Souffle is a hazzy, natty Muscadet-style white from the Loire Valley. Full of citrus, minerality, and cheesy umami notes
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About Philippe Chevarin Le Souffle
Philippe Chevarin Le Souffle is a hazzy, natty Muscadet-style white from the Loire Valley. Full of citrus, minerality, and cheesy umami notes.
About Philippe Chevarin
In a past life, Philippe Chevarin was an audio engineer. Starting as a musician, he eventually shifted his interests to the technical aspects of sound. After reading a few books on the subject, Philippe started gigging with local bands. Completely self-taught, this 23-year career would see him working with unknown noise-bands to more famous acts like Vanessa Paradis.
Originally from the Southwest, Philippe moved to Nantes after meeting his future wife. Here he met her childhood friend Cécile Argondico, who just so happens to be married to Thierry Puzelat. Meeting Thierry fueled Philippe’s already blossoming love affair with wine and coincided with an increasing disillusionment with the business side of the music industry.
Engineering gave Philippe a lot of downtime, so he began studying viticulture and enology. This eventually landed him at a two-year stage with Jacques and Agnes Carroget at Domaine de la Paonnerie. From this experience, Philippe was confident he wanted to become a vigneron and asked Jacques to help him find vines.
Starting with two hectares in 2014 (the grapes from this vintage were sold to Pierre-O Bonhomme and René Mosse), Philippe now finds himself with about five hectares of vines. Two-thirds of the production consists of Melon de Bourgogne, with Gamay, Grolleau, and a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon rounding out the lineup. The wines are bottled as Vin de France, but would fall under Muscadet-Coteaux-de-la-Loire for the whites and Coteaux d’Ancenis for the reds if under the appellation system.
The vines are worked organically and are in Ecocert conversion. Philippe is the first to admit he is completely new to winemaking and is still learning his craft. From his first vintage in 2015, he aims to make wines as simple as possible. All the wines are vinified in fiberglass tanks and go through malo. So far he has succeeded in not adding any sulfur at any point during winemaking or bottling, but is not against it if he feels the wines will benefit from it.