2017 Clos du Gaimont Vouvray Sec

SKU #1407556 93 points Wine & Spirits

 François Chainier purchased this parcel in 1997 in the Clos de Nouys, where he now produces a classic Vouvray. His 2017 is tight and reduced at first, the flinty notes slowly yielding tart-apple flavors with a limestone-dust mineral cool. Stay with it over the course of several days and that fruit extends its savor, the scents evoking an abandoned apple orchard in the woods. Concentrated and cellar worthy, this needs five years to show its best with pan-roasted trout.  (4/2019)

K&L Notes

Francois Chainier has a long familial background in winemaking, originally hailing from Bordeaux. In 1997, Francois purchased this parcel of Clos du Gaimont which lies in the famed Clos de Nouys, one of Vouvray's most prestigious vineyards. The average age of the vines is 35 years, planted in the chalky-clay soil that makes Vouvray wines so special. The vines are farmed sustainably and the grapes all hand-harvested. The wine spends 18 months aging in primarily used oak barrels in the caves carved deeply beneath the vines. Fresh flavors of green apple, citrus rind, and acacia flowers abound with notes of quince and lemon peel on the palate. It is a wonderful expression suitable for pairing with seafood and poultry dishes.

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By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2019 | Send Email
Wow! What a zinger. This tightly wound Chenin packs a punch. Limey citrus wrapped around a mineral core with lip smacking acidity, this wine really impressed me after several hours to open up. When I first tasted it at fridge temp it was tight and tangy, but with a little warmth and time it opened up beautifully. I can't wait to see how this wine ages.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/27/2019 | Send Email
The Clos du Gaimont Vouvray strikes me as the perfect seasonal transition wine as we move from winter to spring. There’s enough stuffing here to stand up to more cold weather fare but it has enough zip and weight to pair with spring cuisine. This is 100% pure Chenin Blanc harvested from 35 year-old vines planted in a hallowed piece of land. The pedigree of the wine comes through in spades. Fresh green apple, citrus, and spice are all nicely packed into one mid-weight streamlined package. This is a very delicious and versatile wine. I highly recommend it.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/27/2019 | Send Email
Vouvray is one of those regions that kind of gets overlooked quite a bit. The fear of sweeter styles sometimes scares off new customers. I absolutely love the wines though, in all the ranges of sweetness. They have a fierce sense of place with the slightly sweeter styles having breadth and weight and the Sec (or dry) styles having gorgeous cut and minerality. The Gaimont leans on the sharp as a razor side of dry. On the frame there is viscosity but it builds into a crescendo of Pippin apples, Anjou pears and chalky minerals finishing with vibrant but not obtrusive acidity. Focused like a laser beam, this Gaimont will perfectly slice through any richer dishes but will evolve gracefully for a few years in the cellar as the complexity builds.

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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.


- 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.


- 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.