2018 François Cazin Cheverny Blanc «Le Petit Chambord»
Region: France, Loire - Touraine
Grape Varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay
Dry, light-bodied white; grass and apples | Zuni-style roast chicken
Cazin uses a sub-variety of Sauvignon Blanc called Sauvignon Rosé. Ferment in stainless steel tanks, spends a few weeks on the lees followed by 1 year of aging in both stainless steel and old oak.
The Cazin family have worked their Le Petit Chambord estate for five generations. François himself has been making wine since 1976, long before other winemakers jumped on the bandwagon of the new AOC status for both Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny. The vines François currently farms vary dramatically in age, with some planted back in 1928 and the youngest in 2003. His philosophy is simple: "It's how things have been done in my family." This means almost no chemical intervention, hand-harvesting, natural yeasts, and a patient elevage before releasing the wines. Geologically, the region sees a mix of clay, chalk and silex, however François has a propensity towards the heavier clay soils, with more silex in Cheverny, and a fraction more chalk in Cour-Cheverny.
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