2014 Domaine Vincent Carême "Le Peu Morier" Vouvray Sec

SKU #1354232 95 points Wine & Spirits

 Vincent Carême earned organic certification for his 42-acre domaine, including the two adjacent parcels of 50-year-old vines that provide fruit for Le Peu Monrier. He makes this wine in 400-liter barrels, ten percent of them new, leaving the wine to rest on the lees for ten months after spontaneous fermentation. It’s a massive Vouvray, all about white tuffeau soil and vertical structure, a wine that will need years to mellow from its powerful youth toward grandeur (it’s already pretty awesome). Fresh, firm, stony and brisk, hinting at apple skin and lemon zest, this will reward patient cellaring.  (4/2018)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 The 34-acre vineyard of Tania and Vincent Carême is run organically. This wine, from a parcel of old vines, is dry with signs of its wood aging attractively melding into the apple and spice fruits. With intense acidity and a tight texture, the wine is still fruity and young. It can be drunk now although it is worth waiting until 2022 for a more mature perspective. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (12/2016)

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Vincent Careme grew up in Vouvray, and under the watchful eye of his grandfather made his first wine at the age of 14. He went to oenology school, completed his studies and traveled the world learning about winemaking in different regions including Alsace, Champagne and even Thailand! During a four year tour working on Chenin Blanc in South Africa, he met his wife Tania. Together they returned to Vouvray and founded Domaine Vincent Careme. With 37 acres now under vine and two special lieu-dits, Vincent and Tania farm organically and are making some of the most profound and long lived styles in Vouvray. The "Le Peu Morier" is one such parcel grown on the magical tuffeaux (limestone) and silex (flint) soils. The wine is fermented with native yeasts, aged in 400L barrels and minimal sulfur is used. It is a tense and vibrant wine that expresses its incredible terroir.

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Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2018 | Send Email
Vincent Careme is a young winemaker out of the Loire with a recently established estate that is quickly gaining prominence. His estate was founded in 1999 making his accomplishments even more impressive. He makes a full range of Chenin Blanc from sparkling to moelleux, all of which is certified organic. His "Le Peu Morier" is dry, bright and fresh with a nose that smells like freshly harvested beeswax rolled in fresh stone fruit. The flinty, limestone based soils provide tons of mineral notes and the terrior really shines through. An excellently priced Vouvray that is sure to please any lover of Loire Chenin Blanc!

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/22/2018 | Send Email
When you taste a great Vouvray, the purest expression of Chenin Blanc emerges. It is a wine that unfolds with grace and elegance but also underlying power. Dry expressions such as the Careme Le Peu Morier resonate and crackle on the palate with nerve and intensity. The feeling is akin to a Grand Cru Chablis but with more stone fruit notes. The Le Peu Morier even feels like a great Vaudesir from the likes of Dauvissat or Patrick Piuze, with its surge of energy, body and fruit intensity. The profile is still Vouvray, with flavors of grilled nectarine, smoked orange peel, blanched almonds and kumquats. It is harmonious and youthful and is the kind of white you should not fear decanting if you consume it on the young side. Cellaring is definitely not out of order here either. With a few more years, the flavors will enjoy even greater depth. This is a true beauty and a worthy wine for anyone who enjoys stunning whites of all shapes and sizes.

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Varietal:

Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Loire

- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.
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