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Chateau Gaudrelle ( Vigneau )
France - Loire Valley

Founded in the 17th century, Chateau Gaudrelle had been the property of the Monmousseau family since 1931. The estate progressively evolved and managed to produce refined and expressive wines. Since the beginning of the 2010s, Château Gaudrelle has been initiating a shift towards agriculture that is more respectful of nature in obtaining the Terra-Vitis certification in 2015. The conversion to organic farming is rapidly underway with the objective of turning biodynamic as soon as possible. Eric Pasquier - who has partnered with Alexandre Monmousseau since 2008 - took over full ownership in 2020 with the intention of accentuating this development.

Located in Rochecorbon, one of AOC Vouvray’s 9 villages, the impressive cellar in carved directly in the hill, across the road from the Loire river. The estate spreads over 20 hectares in the Vouvray appellation: 6 hectares for Clos le Vigneau, 14 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.  The grapes – Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay - are hand harvested. Pressing is long and slow, fermentation is in stainless steel with two rackings and a light filtration before bottling.

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Producer Details
Founded
1931
Wine Production Area
France - Loire Valley - Vouvray, AOC Crémant-de-Loire
Owners
Eric Pasquier
Winemaker
Cyril Nenin
Acreage
50 acres (20 hectares)
Grape Varietal(s)
Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc
Age of Vines
35 years
Agricultural Practices
Organic (some cuvée are certified in Europe since the 2020 vintage, not yet in the USA)