Domaine du Margalleau
Freres Bruno and Jean-Michel Pieaux are fourth generation vignerons in the Village of Chancay in the Vallee de Vaux. Here they are fashioning taut and lively Vouvray Chenin Blanc wines from the excellent “tuffeau,” or soft chalk, clay and limestone soils. The vineyards here also contain flint, adding complexity aromas and a core of minerality. The wines are fresh, balanced and clean, with the floral and herbal qualities typical of Vouvray, reminiscent of chamomile and lemon tea but with a vibrant flinty mineral core. These wines will age decades but are full of life and vibrant flavors when opened young as well. Grapes are harvested by hand and pressed immediately, then fermented with indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Dry wines are aged in tank on fine lees for 6 months until bottling.