Château d'Amour Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clisson 2014 - 750ml
90 Points Wine Enthusiast
The 40-year-old vines of this estate give a rich style of Muscadet that can age well. Its ripe fruit, intense acidity and juicy citrus and mineral character are all balanced, fragrant and ready to drink now.
The structure of Sèvre et Maine is characterized by a great diversity of source rocks.
This diversity is rooted in a rich geological history dating back to the Precambrian period, during which various orogenies gave birth to metamorphic (micaschists, gneiss, amphibolites, etc.) and plutonic (Granite, Gabbros) rocks.
Located in the extension of the Armorican massif, the Clisson area follows the contours of a granite massif called “granite of Clisson”.
Siliceous rock, this granite overlooks the sloping slopes of our Crus, with shallow, sandy to stony, fairly poor soils that warm up well. The proximity of the geological faults ensures good fracturing of the rock, an essential condition for the vines to take deep root.
Cru Clisson is a dry white wine made exclusively from the Melon B. grape variety. In order for the wine to show intensity and concentration, only selected plots are eligible for its production and yields are limited. The appellation’s specifications, established by the producers, allow a maximum yield of 45 hectolitres per hectare. Grapes are harvested when slightly overripe, and once fermentation is complete, the wine is aged on lees (sur lie in French).
During this extended lees ageing of at least 24 months, bâtonnage or lees stirring is generally practised; this gives Cru Clisson wines complexity, aromatic subtlety and excellent ageing potential.
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