Domaine du Chapitre, Perle Chapitre, Methode Traditionelle, AOC Touraine, Loir et Cher, Centre-Val de Loire, France, NV
On Touraine and Cremant de Loire
I wondered why this wine was not produced under the more well-known AOP Cremant de Loire. The reason I believe, lies in permitted white grape varieties – for Cremant de Loire, chenin blanc (aka pineau de la Loire or gros pineau) and chardonnay are approved, and for Touraine it is chenin blanc, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay.
This wine: lot No. L07, an unspecified blend, likely of chenin blanc with more than a splash of sauvignon blanc, for acidity, natural mushroom cork closure,12.5% abv, ex-producer, €7.10 (05/18)
Consumer tasting note: pale golden, with aromas of apple and white peach, with touches of the bakery and nuttiness; off-dry, medium bodied, with a delicate palate of stewed apple, a hint of stone fruit, and a touch of roasted nuts. Finishes medium.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears and small bubbles.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of a hint of bread dough, fragrant dessert apple, a hint of richer white peach, a hint of nuttiness [on day 2 a delicate note of lilac appears].
Palate: off dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, with flavours of stewed apple, touch of white peach, a roasted nutty hint. A medium length, a creamy mousse, with a medium persistence, a slight bitterness on the end, and a very low-key grip.
Quality: good, well-balanced acidity with alcohol, altogether harmonious; of a modest character in all departments; created for early consumption.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing, but will hold for a year or two – well-balanced, otherwise without any characteristic to warrant ageing, it is designed for more or less immediate consumption.