Marc Brédif Brut NV Sparkling Vouvray

Tasting notes
It has a subtle, restrained style, with gentle apple and pear-like aromas and a little creaminess. Excellent as an aperitif with hors d’oeuvres.

Why we recommend this wine
We visited Bredif when we were in the Loire valley a while back - see our notes here. We were really impressed with this sparkling chenin blanc and you know our love of Champagne.

The wine
The grapes are hand picked with care to avoid any bruising. They then undergo pneumatic pressing. Only the juice that runs naturally from the grapes is used (i.e. not pressed juice), which is left to clarify for 18 to 24 hours. Temperature controlled fermentation at 16 degrees C takes place for about a month. The wine is left to mature in vats for 9 months on lees. The sparkling wine is made from the selection of the finest wines of the year, blended with around 10% of reserve wines. The bottled sparkling wine is then aged for two and a half years before disgorgement and being made ready for sale.

The wine estate
Founded in 1893 by Mr. Brédif the Brédif House is one of the best known and most respected houses in the area. Baron Patrick de Ladoucette took over the winery in 1980.
Grown on the lower slopes along the Loire Valley in Vouvray and Vernou-sur-Brenne, the grapes for Marc Brédif’s Vouvray enjoy Northern/Southern exposure. The vineyards have soils of mainly chalk clay, with some parcels having flint clay soils. The vineyards are 25-30 years old on average

Food and wine
In addition to hors d’oeuvres it also goes well fish and other white meats with subtle flavours. Also see our guide to pairing food and wine here.

Did you know?
Chenin Blanc is not a widely grown grape but it really flourishes on the Northern bank of the Loire in Vouvray and Savennières, France and also in South Africa where it was called Steen and was one of the most widely planted white wine varietals.