La Petite Musette Blanche 2021
This bottle of white is an unassuming blend of 2 white grapes with origins around the Loire, certainly grown in a cool area of the valley. This type of climate allows notes of white fruits to develop on the nose. On the palate, you get lively, green fruits, a touch of flowers, and minerality. Then a lingering finish that's reminiscent of its aroma, capturing you back in for another glass.
Reminds us of: Pear, Apples, White floral and honeyed aromatics.
Quality Time: Serve lightly chilled at 12°C. With family at an outdoor dinner. This pairs well with grilled fish and cheese.
Written by Malja Steffi M Lee
Appellation: Wine of France
Varietal: Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc
Style: Dry White
Region: Vouvray, Central Loire Valley, France
Viticulture: Organically Farmed, Clay-Limestone, Old vines
Winemaking: Hand harvested, No chemical input used. Indigenous yeasts. Vinification and aging in vats. Minimal sulfur addition
After a university course in the field of wine and obtaining a bachelor’s degree in 2007, Fabien Brutout worked 2 years in apprenticeship at Sébastien Brunet in Vouvray. He then joined Mathieu Cosme at the end of 2008 and became a full-time commitment to the estate.
It was in 2013, following a discussion/tasting with Belgian friends, that the idea of creating a range of wines complementary to that produced by Mathieu came about. ‘Le Facteur’, or ‘The Postman’, was born out of French hospitality and humor. Fabien attributes this to the postman who, back in the day, delivered mail by bicycle, was often invited in for a glass of wine at each stop, and would get so drunk that the parcels never made it on time.
The practice of biodynamic cultivation carried on to their new venture. Vineyard production has been employing the natural technique of Dry Farming. This way, the grapes are harvested by hand, fermented with indigenous yeasts, then aged in old french barriques, and bottled only with the bare minimum amount of sulfur. The finished product is pure, unadulterated wine that is nostalgic of the old world and expressive of the Loire’s rich terroir.
In Vouvray, a commune situated along the bank of the river Loire, Le Facteur manages 10 hectares of Chenin Blanc vineyards planted on clay and limestone at an altitude of 121 meters, some of which are 90 years old. On these lands are subsoils that have known the vine before the Phylloxera (see: Great French Blight). Matthieu tills the land with his horses, and Fabien has carte blanche in the winemaking. The living terroir of the Loire and the passion of the two partners for hands-off viticulture has resulted in Vin de copains, or “friendly wines” that are meant to be drunk one round after another, with great pleasure!
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