2018 Domaine des Huards Cour-Cheverny Romo

2018 Domaine des Huards Cour-Cheverny Romo

Regular price $26

Region: Cour-Cheverny < Loire Valley < France

Grape: Romorantin

Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified biodynamic farming; limestone soils; stainless steel fermentation and raised in tank on its fine lees; bottled unfined with <20ppm added So2; 13% ABV

Winemaker: Alexandre Gendrier

Domaine des Huards has been in the Gendrier family since 1846, 37ha under vine. The vineyard land is surrounded by another 25ha of forest
and hayfields, so it was easy for 7th-gen Alexandre Gendrier’s father
to begin conversion to organic viticulture in 1995 and biodynamic a
decade later (now certified in both).  It’s located in the tiny
appellation of Cour-Cheverny, which currently has a vineyard surface
of a mere 130+ acres dedicated solely to the rare Romorantin
(Cheverny, the overlapping sister appellation, is reserved for the
other Loire varieties).  Thus the family’s focus is that stubborn
oddity, Romorantin, which is thought to be a descendant of Gouais
Blanc and Pinot Noir.  Legend has it that King François the 1er
introduced Romorantin to Touraine in 1519 by ordering 80,000 vines to be taken from its home in Burgundy and planted near the village of
Romorantin, where his mother often stayed. Supposedly François wanted to build a chateau there, which turned out to be Chambord.

This Romo bottling is the newer Romorantin, from 35-year-old ungrafted vines in sandy soils.  It smells beautiful, like a high-toned
Riesling, but it tastes like Chenin xx, with a dense texture, razor
sharp acidity, and layers of flavors: apricots, apples and citrus,
with a long, minerally finish. A great Loire Sauvignon Blanc
alternative, and so good for food!

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