Springtime in the Vineyards

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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