Mister L & Madame L are at #Levin #Winery in #Loire this week and the #SauvignonBlanc vineyards are
splendid with springtime! #nofilter From the flowering of established 13 yo Bourré vineyards – Clos Bezard and Clos Rosier – due to be harvested for #V17 – to our fledgling 12-month-old vines on silex terroir at Les Exivieres vineyard in Bourré and on smectite clay in the Oisly vineyard both just mounted on their first posts and wires and showing plenty of promise for #V22 – even the crop of tomatoes looks like it’ll be a wonderful luncheon for hungry pickers in September!
Wonderful to explore the terroir at our new Bourré vineyard Les Exivieres and see our 12-month-old Sauvignon Blanc vines developing on its #Silex flint #terroir that stores and reflects heat, producing restrained, linear, mineral (gunflint) wines with acidity and spice that gain complexity as they age. At ~65 million years old, it’s a younger geology than our #Tuffeau terroir (marine sedimentary limestone formed ~100 million years ago) mixed with loose and flinty clay, mica and sand. As the vines mature, the Silex terroir at Les Exivieres will add yet another element to the complexity of the flagship LEVIN Sauvignon Blanc. We also saw the sedimentary limestone from below, walking the Troglodyte caves 50 metres underneath our vineyards. The caves were quarried during 15th–17th centuries by the French aristocracy to build lavish châteaux like Château de Chenonceau, also used for homes, restaurants, galleries, farms for mushrooms, silkworms and snails. Our guide at @TrogloDegusto explained that it’s a labyrinthine 30 kilometres of caves, some still unexplored. It’s so special to deeply explore our unique terroir, ideally suited to producing complex, mineral, mature Sauvignon Blanc. #SauvignonBlanc #Silex #flint #terroir #Tuffeau #minerality #wine #Loire #Cher #Bourre #Touraine #Tours #France @chateau_chenonceau #chenonceau #chateau @TrogloDegusto
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