The Vignoble des Bois Vaudons (Vineyards of the Vaudons Woods) has been run by the Mérieau Family for three generations.
The estate spreads over 35 hectares across the hillsides and on the left bank of the Cher River and benefit for the greater part from a south-southeast orientation. These rich and complex soils allow the production of a range of wines that are varied and rich in colours. Some wines stemming from older or younger vines - certain vines of the Pineau d’Aunis varietal are more than 100 years old.
Jean-François Mérieau took over the family estate in 2000. Since then, Jean-François has committed himself to rediscovering the soils of the Loir-et-Cher, working the soils, plowing, cutting heavily and harvesting by hand.
A blend of 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Chardonnay, organically grown and aged on the lees for 18-20 months. The dosage is very low at 4 grams per liter, resulting in a refreshing, crisp wine. This bubbly has a bright nose of apple and pears with hints of citrus. The palamte is creamy and rich and the finish is juicy and long. I find myself reaching for this wine often as it really hits the spot after a long day. According to Wine Spectator: "This sparkler is forward, with a prominent spicy ginger note lading the way for pear, melon and brioche flavors. Stays racy on the finish, with the ginger note lingering. Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Drink now.
Grape: Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay