2005 Bouvet Ladubay Saphir Brut Vintage
Bouvet Ladubay is regarded by many wine lovers as the finest expression of sparkling wine from the Loire Valley. The house was founded in 1851 by Etienne Bouvet, the son of a vigneron-sommelier who encouraged the young Bouvet in the wine trade. Recognizing the Loire's terroir to be extremely well-suited to the production of sparkling wines, he settled on the bank of the Loire River just outside the town of Saumur. Ms. Ladubay, Etienne’s accountant, soon became his wife, and the firm was christened “Bouvet-Ladubay”. Today the house is owned by Taittinger Champagne and as such employs precisely the same wine making process as the Grand Marque itself. The grapes for the Bouvet 'Blanc' methode champenoise are predominantly Chenin Blanc, a varietal which has been grown in the Loire Valley prior to the Roman conquest of France. Bouvet source their grapes from 120 properties around Saumur - spread over an area of 15 x 30 kilometres. The notion of using such a diversity of vineyard sites is to provide complexity to the base wines. Domaine Chandon in the Yarra Valley employ a similar process. These 120 micro climates each provide the wine maker with base material that when blended together will create the sensation of considerable complexity. The art of blending is critical and at Bouvet the third generation of blenders from the same family are in charge - in fact they have been creating the blend for the last 60 years. State of the art, temperature controlled stainless-steel fermentation tanks, computer-regulated 'gyropallets,' or riddling machines, highly advanced freezing and disgorging equipment and micro-wave cork heaters have brought Bouvet’s vinification facility to the technical forefront. The winery itself, however, remains an impressive monument to the region’s history with the wines spending their final maturation period within freestone cellars built by Saint Florent monks around 1040. These tunnels cover some 2.6 hectares with eight kilometres of subterranean cellars - storage capacity for some 7,000,000 bottles!
The 2005 vintage in the Loire Valley has been rated 10/10 with moderate, dry weather ensuring the grapes acidity remained balanced whilst developing excellent aromatics. The wine was kept on lees for 15-24 months after which time, it was riddled and disgorged. No dosage was added. The 2005 vintage has just arrived and it’s the best yet!
The mousse is a fine pale cream colour with good persistence. Fine persistent bead – followed by the appearance of a straw coloured base wine. The blend of Chardonnay with Chenin Blanc works brilliantly with aroma of confectionary, yeast lees, baked apple showing good complexity with honey end note. The palate is very creamy, this is the creamiest Bouvet that we’ve seen in recent years. Clean acid finish. Aftertaste of sherbet, confectionary, quince and baked apple.
Cellar 3-4 years (2010-2011)
Alc/Vol: 12.5% Oct2008Sparklings
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