Cour-Cheverny Cuvée Renaissance 2014

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François Cazin

100% Romorantin. This grape is an ancient and now rare local Loire variety, essentially saved by Cazin and a couple of other growers who fought to save their old vines as well as the variety as a whole by establishing an appellation to feature exclusively Romorantin. Cour Cheverny has only existed since 1997. Cazin's vines range widely in age, planted from 1928 up through 2003 thus far, on limestone-rich clay soils. Romorantin is naturally high in acidity and minerality; like Chenin Blanc, it can be dry, steely and zingy , though always with underlying ripe-apple or honeyed, or off-dry to sweet, but always with a solid acid-mineral core.

Cuvee Renaissance is made only Cazin's best years, when the conditions are right for botrytization, from the estate's oldest vines. The fruit is harvested by hand and fermented in stainless steel tank with native yeasts. The wine is aged on its lees in neutral barrel for a year and then bottled by gravity without filtration. In 2014, there are 18 grams/liter of residual sugar with 5 grams of acidity.

Le Petit Chambord (on every Cazin label) is the historical name of the family property.