Domaine d’Orfeuilles Vouvray Silex 2014


Silex refers to the flint and sand based soil type found primarily in the Loire Valley that is a formed from a mixture of clay, limestone and silica.…the palate shows that. It’s pretty exotic stuff on the nose, evocative; it smells like it might have a touch of sweetness but it’s genuinely bone dry palate soon straightens things up. There is a pastry-like character and wild honey but it’s primarily mineral driven with peach, apricot & pear flavours live long. So textured and pure, one of the best of the vintage for sure.

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This small Domaine is situated on the famous flinty slopes of the Vouvray region just to the north of the majestic Loire River.

It produces tiny quantities of exquisite white wine from very old Chenin Blanc vines. Their soils are packed with flint and silex – miniscule million year old sea fossils, dating back to a time when the sea covered this part of Northern France.

The modern day soils now give perfect drainage in this cool wet region. Domaine d’Orfeuilles was founded in 1947 by Paul Herivault.

This vineyard is now cultivated by Bernard Herivault and his son. They make every effort to proudly maintain the traditions in the cultivation and production of their vines. Resulting in clean yet unctuous viscous wines that show a plethora of qualities from fresh lime and fennel seeds to dry savory “flinty” notes.

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