Vouvray Sec 'Silex', Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau 2018
This wonderful domaine, growing exclusively Chenin Blanc on its 30 hectares and with cave-like cellars built deep into the hillside , has been producing wine since 1875. The current and fifth generation are brothers Christophe and Stephane Vigneau who have been responsible for making the estate, already certifed organic, only the second in Vouvray to become biodynamic (the other being Domaine Huet). Grapes are harvested entirely by hand and the vineyards worked by horse. The Cuvee Silex, from flint and clay soils and vinified in stainless steel (with just a small portion aged in barrel), is floral and expressive, with notes of baked apple, orange and honey with an underlying savouriness, distinctly dry but with great depth and purity.
Loire Valley, France