Château de Montfort is a stunning historic estate located on the limestone plateau above the Loire River in the Touraine region. Originally a fortified farmhouse dating back to the 14th Century, this historic property covers approximately 75 acres of premium quality land across Vouvray AOC and Touraine AOC.
The vineyards of Château de Montfort, based in clay and limestone soils on a bedrock of chalky limestone tufo, are predominantly planted to Chenin Blanc. The estate is somewhat unique in that most of its vines are located surrounding the winemaking facility in one large parcel. Average vine age is over 50 years, limiting yields and providing great concentration and depth in the wine.
Because the winery is literally within the vineyards, grapes are picked quickly and transferred immediately to the sorting table at the chais, followed by pneumatic pressing into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Fermentation begins slowly, with temperatures rarely above 16°C, so that it is approximately 60 days before the desired level of residual sugar in balance with the hallmark acidity of Vouvray is accomplished. The wine is aged on its lees for approximately 6 months following a cold stabilization and then bottled.
The estate is most famous for its demi-sec Vouvray – one of the great wines of the Loire Valley. Château de Montfort Vouvray is an elegant, fine wine characterized by brilliant fruit aromas and excellent structure. Aromas of Granny Smith apples and Anjou pear dominate, with a hint of wet stone minerality. The initial fruit sweetness is perfectly complimented by a true zing of bracing acidity and minerality. The finish is long and satisfying, and the overall impression is of a tremendously refreshing wine, quaffable as an aperitif, but also a great accompaniment to sushi, fish, chicken, or pork in oriental preparations.
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