Cremant de Loire Alain Marcadet

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc
Val de Loire AOP
by Alain Marcadet
Cremant de Loire
Hand harvested grapes provide captivating light golden fruity aromas. The wine of choice for appetizers, desserts or any special occasion.
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc
Val de Loire AOP
by Alain Marcadet

RRP: €25.75

Price: €24.50

Hand harvested grapes provide captivating light golden fruity aromas. The wine of choice for appetizers, desserts or any special occasion.
country:
France
region:
Loire Valley
vintage:
NV
grapes:
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc
abv:
12
style:
Sparkling
code:
11057
enjoy with:
Light Fish & Shellfish, Spicy Food, Fresh Greens, Hard Cheeses
Light Bodied
full Bodied
Low acidity
high acidity
Dry
sweet
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Light Bodied
full Bodied
Low acidity
high acidity
Dry
sweet

Additional Information

country:
France
region:
Loire Valley
vintage:
NV
grapes:
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc
abv:
12
style:
Sparkling
code:
11057
enjoy with:
Light Fish & Shellfish, Spicy Food, Fresh Greens, Hard Cheeses

Wine Makers

Cremant de Loire Alain Marcadet by Alain Marcadet

Domaine des Chezelles, in the Loire Valley, has been a stalwart of the Wines Direct list for many years now. The winemaker, Alain Marcadet, is one of a decreasing number of independent vignerons in his area, as many sell-out to the bigger companies.

His operation is very small with his wife managing the office and cellar-door, from where they sell 30% of their wine. He tends the vineyard, makes the wine and sells another 30% of their production direct to private customers, which he delivers himself locally. Wines Direct are among the remaining 40%, who sell his fresh, citrussy Sauvignon Blanc.

His meticulous approach is exemplified by his 2009 harvest: he started the picking, then stopped for a few days as he felt the grapes weren’t ripe enough. He commenced again when he was happy he’d get the flavours he wanted in the wine. This is a perfect example of the difference between a large operation, where processes follow an inflexible calendar, and a small one, where the winemaker will not settle for anything less than what he wants in the bottle.

The estate consists of a patchwork of vineyards spanning 24 hectares on the sandy limestone slopes of the river Cher, and this lends a mineral character to his wines. Since the 1950s, the vineyards have been handed down from father to son, benefitting from generations of winegrowing expertise. Alain also embraces modern research and techniques in order to produce wines of guaranteed quality.

The land features a clay–chalk soil, mixed with flint, sand and gravel, while their hillside vineyard receives a southeast to southwest exposure with plenty of sunlight. This is perfect for producing the sweet, ripe fruit evident in Domaine des Chezelles Sauvignon Blanc.

In The Press

Press Reviews

"This Crmant de Loire is a real alternative to quality Champagne. Made by the same method, this blend of hand-harvested Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc is light and elegant with golden fruity accents and a lingering finish." Corinna Hardgrave, The Irish Independent

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