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Rolling in Good Bubbles

This interesting Petillant Blanc is produced by Marie Thibault-Cabrit.  After studying plant biology and oenology she worked a year in South Africa, a year in Switzerland then several with Francois Chidaine.  She began leasing vines in Touraine at Azay-le-Rideau and Lignieres de Touraine in 2010.  She produces wine from some 2.5 hectares of vines which average 50 years of age.  These vineyards contain Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Grolleau, Cot, and Gamay.  They were converted to organic in 2011.  The soils are hilly with sandy loam soil and large flint limestone bedrock.  She hand harvests her fruit and uses only indigenous yeasts.  I rather enjoyed this bottle and if you are adventurous, I suggest you give it a try.  There was a very strong grilled bread aroma which strangely, given Jenn’s love of bread and bubbles, did not appeal to her.  You can tell this is produced from good fruit for the complexity comes with a sense of ease.  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.

2011 Domaine Marie Thibault-Cabrit, la roue qui tourne – $22
Imported by Williams Corner Wine.  This wine is 100% Chenin Blanc from 30-50 year old vines at Azay-le-Rideau which was fermented in new oak barrels then drawn into bottles.  At the end of alcoholic and malolactic fermentation it was bled to lower pressure.  RS 11-14 g/L, Alcohol 12.5%.  Tried over three nights the color is a light to medium golden-yellow.  The initial nose is of grilled bread and yeast.  In the mouth there is initial acidity on the sides of the tongue followed by fine, firmly popping bubbles then a fine mousse.  Stone flavors come out as fine yellow, spiced fruit mixes with yeast and a touch of apple flavors.  There wine is expansive with good complexity and long aftertaste.  *** Now-2017.

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