Alexandre Monmousseau
Clos le Vigneau/Château Gaudrelle
Vouvray (Loire Valley)

The Estate
Clos le Vigneau is owned by fifth generation winemaker Alexandre Monmousseau. Alexandre's father, Armand Monmousseau, is the former head of his family's sparkling wine firm in Montrichard. Alexandre, intense and confident, received his schooling in Beaune and is one of the leaders of the Sec-Tendre (soft-dry) movement that includes producers like Huet and Champalou..

Monmousseau also produces Kysela's famous Vouvray, Clos le Vigneau.
 

The AOC of Vouvray covers 9 villages:
     • Vouvray
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Vernou sur Brenne
     • Noizay
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Chançay
     •
Reugny
     •
Parçay
     •
Meslay

     •
Rochecorbon
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Tours-Sainte Radegonde, which is the birth place of the vineyard (end of the 4th century).

"It is amazing how good a value Vouvray has remained despite the fact that it is such a popular wine from Loire. The appellation was founded in 1936 and covers nine villages in the region. You can find sparkling wines at this estate – sec (dry) or demi-sec (basically off-dry, although for most consumers these would be considered dry) – as well as their sweet wines, which vary considerably in their degrees of sweetness and are referred to as moelleux. All four of the following cuvees performed brilliantly in my tasting." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (June 2012)


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The Vineyard
Today the Monmousseau family farms 21 hectares (52 acres) of land: 6 hectares for Clos le Vigneau, 15 hectares for Château Gaudrelle.
Clos Le Vigneau is a single vineyard from an area known as “les Gués d'Amant” or “Lover’s Gap”. Most of the vines were planted in 1929. The soil is a mixture of argilo-calcaire, silex and gravel. Alexandre Monmousseau believes in low yields for concentration and flavor. The grapes are hand harvested. Pressing is long and slow, fermentation is in stainless steel with two rackings and a light filtration before bottling. 

The Wines
STILL WINES:
[CLOS LE VIGNEAU VOUVRAY] - [LE PETIT CHENIN] - [GAUDRELLE VOUVRAY RESERVE ARMAND] - [GAUDRELLE VOUVRAY RESERVE PERSONNELLE] - [GAUDRELLE VOUVRAY RESERVE SPECIALE]

SPARKLING WINES:
 [GAUDRELLE VOUVRAY BRUT] - [GAUDRELLE CREMANT DE LOIRE]


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UPC code: 7 84585 00152 1

2012 Clos Le Vigneau, Vouvray 12/750ml
This six hectare single vineyard (14.82 acres) is 100% Chenin Blanc. The wine is off dry in style with honey, earth and apricot notes. Wines from the town of Vouvray have been known to age well for 40 years. This particular bottling should hold for at least 5-7 years. This Loire Valley white wine from France is perfect on a warm spring day.

"Scents of ginger and lanolin lend spiciness to this wine’s superripe Apricot and lemon fruitiness. Chill it to serve with a Cantonese whole fish Steamed with ginger and scallions"
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (February Issue), 89 pts + BEST BUY

"This 100% Chenin Blanc from a 14.82-acre vineyard in Vouvray reveals classic flowery, honeyed aromatics with hints of apricot marmalade, honeysuckle and underbrush, and a fruity, slightly off-dry, medium-bodied, fresh, naked style. It is best consumed over the next several years."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 88 pts

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2011 Clos Le Vigneau, Vouvray 12/750ml
This six hectare single vineyard (14.82 acres) is 100% Chenin Blanc. The wine is off dry in style with honey, earth and apricot notes. Wines from the town of Vouvray have been known to age well for 40 years. This particular bottling should hold for at least 5-7 years. This Loire Valley white wine from France is perfect on a warm spring day.

"The 2011 Clos Le Vigneau, from a more challenging vintage, is just as good. Aromatics of spring flowers, poached pears, honeyed melon and some buttered citrus jump from the glass of this medium-bodied, very pure, fresh and nicely concentrated wine, which is the epitome of a dry Chenin Blanc meant to go with a cornucopia of cuisines."
- Wine Advocate (Issue 201, June 2012), 91 pts

"This is a young wine with some bitter almond flavors and a taut, nervy character. The wine is tight with green apple acidity showing through. Give it four years and it will be a rich, fruit-and-spice flavored wine. — R.V."
- Wine Enthusiast (June 2013), 88 pts


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2010 Clos Le Vigneau,  Vouvray 12/750ml
This six hectare single vineyard (14.82 acres) is 100% Chenin Blanc. The wine is off dry in style with honey, earth and apricot notes. Wines from the town of Vouvray have been known to age well for 40 years. This particular bottling should hold for at least 5-7 years. This Loire Valley white wine from France is perfect on a warm spring day.

"The 2010 Clos Le Vigneau is 100% Chenin Blanc from a 15-acre single vineyard. Wonderfully flowery, melony fruit jumps from the glass of this naked, crisp, very clean wine, which possesses zesty acidity and plenty of minerality as well as floral notes. This is a delectable and, I suspect, super-flexible wine with an assortment of cuisines ranging from Thai and Cantonese to good old Maryland crab cakes."
- Wine Advocate (Issue 201, June 2012), 91 pts

"This is a smooth and creamy wine with soft apple flavors mingling with almonds and brisk acidity. It has a tight edge of minerality that adds a fine texture, offering a glimpse of the extra richness that can be expected in 2–3 years. — R.V."
- Wine Enthusiast (June 2013), 90 pts


"This special cuvee is 100% Chenin Blanc sourced from vines averaging 35 years of age. Alcohol 12.5% vol. The color is a light straw-yellow. The light+ nose reveals melons and dry floral aromas. In the mouth there are initial ripe flavors which are a touch sweet then tangy acidity kicks it. The flavors are generously full with a mineral finish. This tastes young. Now-2017."
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2009 Clos Le Vigneau, Vouvray 12/750ml
This six hectare single vineyard (14.82 acres) is 100% Chenin Blanc. The wine is off dry in style with honey, earth and apricot notes. Wines from the town of Vouvray have been known to age well for 40 years. This particular bottling should hold for at least 5-7 years. This Loire Valley white wine from France is perfect on a warm spring day.

"A superb, drier style of Vouvray (and finished with a screw cap as well, a rarity in France), this outstanding custom cuvee from importer Fran Kysela is 100% Chenin Blanc that tastes relatively dry, although I suspect there’s a little residual sugar in the wine. Wonderful flowery, honeyed melon notes jump from the glass of this medium-bodied wine, which has excellent texture, purity and personality. Drink it over the next 1-2 years." 
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Wine Advocate (June 2011), 90 pts

2008 Clos Le Vigneau, Vouvray 12/750ml
 
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This six hectare single vineyard (14.82 acres) is 100% Chenin Blanc. The wine is off dry in style with honey, earth and apricot notes. Wines from the town of Vouvray have been known to age well for 40 years. This particular bottling should hold for at least 5-7 years. This Loire Valley white wine from France is perfect on a warm spring day.

National Retail Price: $22.99 / bottle


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Le Petit Chenin d'Alexandre Monmousseau 12/750ml
Produced from 100% Chenin Blanc
Machine harvested and 100% destemmed.
Vinification: aged in stainless steel tanks with temperature controlled fermentation during 4 months.
Ageing: on the fine lees during 2 months.
Fining and slight filtration in April
 
Nice pale yellow color. Fresh and very aromatic, showing some fruity aroma (Quince and apple) as well as notes of white flowers and a great minerality.
The flavors are clean, balanced and spicy, with some Lemon Meringue and a delicious slightly baked apple component. 
The finish is quite long and the acidity is well integrated making this wine excellent with Indian food, with Oysters, Asparagus, with mild Cheese or by itself as an Aperitif.

"The natural honeyed character of Chenin Blanc shines through this simple, fruity wine. It has bright acidity and a creamed pear character that finishes with lime acidity. Screwcap. — R.V."
- Wine Enthusiast (June 2013)


National Retail Price: $14.99/ bottle





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2009 Château Gaudrelle,
Vouvray, Réserve Armand Monmousseau 24/375ml 
100% late harvest Chenin blanc.
Fine Chenin Blanc typicity, with aromas of ripe apples and honeyed notes. Rich, smooth, rounded palate with great structure and weight. Has the acidity to support ageing for 10 years.


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2010
Château Gaudrelle, Vouvray, Réserve Personnelle 24/375ml 
100% late harvest Chenin blanc.

Fine Chenin Blanc typicity, with aromas of ripe apples and honeyed notes. Rich, smooth, rounded palate with great structure and weight. Has the acidity to support ageing for 10 years.

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2009 Château Gaudrelle,
Vouvray, Réserve Personnelle 6/500ml 
100% late harvest Chenin blanc.

Fine Chenin Blanc typicity, with aromas of ripe apples and honeyed notes. Rich, smooth, rounded palate with great structure and weight. Has the acidity to support ageing for 10 years.

 "A luscious sweet wine, very honeyed and liquorous. As a complete contrast, the wine has that intense acidity that is the hallmark of Loire sweet wines. The combination is a fragrant nectar that will benefit from aging. — R.V."
- Wine Enthusiast (June 2013), 91 pts

National Retail Price: $65.00 / bottle





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UPC code: 7 84585 00151 4
2003
Château Gaudrelle, Vouvray, Réserve spéciale 12/750ml
100% late harvestChenin blanc.
Dried apricots on the nose, with a wonderful concentration of fruit on the palate, and beautiful rich honeyed flavors.Well-balanced, light, fine and elegant, long finish.

Decanter, Silver Medal


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NV Château Gaudrelle, Vouvray, Sparkling, Methode Traditionnelle 12/750ml
Produced from 100% Chenin Blanc planted on clay and flint stones based soils.
Vinification: aged in stainless steel tanks with temperature controlled fermentation. Aged on the lees for 4 months. 
Kieselguhr filtration.
This sparking wine is fresh and fruity. Rich and easy to drink, which makes it a wonderful aperitif. For the aficionados this is an excellent food friendly wine. Its quality makes it a great alternative to Champagne.

"The two sparkling wines should not be missed. They’re both terrific examples of how good sparkling Vouvray can be. Both are 100% Chenin Blanc cuvees, with the non-vintage Chateau Gaudrelle Vouvray Brut showing lots of effervescence and plenty of flowery brioche, buttered citrus, melon and dried apricot notes. It is crisp, fresh, and ideal for drinking over the next several years."
-Wine Advocate (Issue 201, June 2012), 90 pts


"Just off-dry, this almond- and apple-flavored wine achieves a fine balance of crispness and richness. There is just a touch of honey, intertwined with delicious citrusy acidity."
- Wine Enthusiast (December 1st 2012), 90 pts

National Retail Price: $25.00 / bottle


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Gaudrelle, Crémant de Loire, Sparkling, Brut,  12/750ml

Crémant de Loire is the oldest appellation in the Loire from Nantes to Nevers. It’s a blend of 50% chenin blanc and 50% chardonnay sourced in uncle estate. This methode traditionnelle sparkling wine is aged for minimum 18-24 months in cave before disgorging. The dosage is 12 g/l residual sugar and the wine is aged for minimum 3 months after disgorging . It an interesting experience as sparkling wines for people who want to have a fine and elegant wine comparable to Champagne for a very good price. Serve chilly around 8°C for aperitif dessert cocktail party and brunch.

"The two sparkling wines should not be missed. They’re both terrific examples of how good sparkling Vouvray can be. Both are 100% Chenin Blanc cuvees. Even better is the slightly richer, more honey and lemon-scented and flavored non-vintage Cremant de Loire. A blend of equal parts Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay aged for a minimum of 18 to 24 months in their cellars before disgorgement, this is a real beauty and a superb wine. Unfortunately, just under 100 cases are imported to the United States."
-Wine Advocate (Issue 201, June 2012), 92 pts


"White the 50% Chenin Blanc in this blend produces acidity and a tight apple flavor, the 50% Chardonnay rounds the wine out with warm peach and sweet pear. It is ripe and full in the mouth."
- Wine Enthusiast (December 1st 2012), 88 pts

National Retail Price: $25.00 / bottle