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Snooth User: mainjean

Cave dwelling Vouvray in France

Posted by mainjean, Sep 4, 2008.

My husband and I were priviledged to have the opportunity to visit a small Vouvray winery in Rochecorbon, France. It was so spectacular to learn first-hand from one of the owners the process of making Vouvray. They keep their wine in a cave under their facility. Truly unbelievable experience. Try Domaine Le Capitaine Vouvray - it costs approximately $8.00/bottle and is one of the best I have tasted.


Reply by Mark Angelillo, Sep 4, 2008.

Sounds great, thanks for the report! I'll check it out.

Reply by mainjean, Sep 4, 2008.

I did look up the website - here you go. It is an interesting website, but on the downside it is in French. Good luck.

Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Sep 9, 2008.

Great photos on the site!

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Sep 10, 2008.

That's great. Looks like limestone... Anyone know what the soil type is in Vouvray?

Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Sep 11, 2008.

Great talking point Mark.

Vouvray is one of France's great terroir wines. The weather, soil, and aspect really come together here to make totally unique dry, sparking and sweet white wines.

There is about a half meter of topsoil on top of a thick layer of tufa - a soft limestone that the locals bore into, creating caves, cellars, and even houses in the hillsides. These naturally caves are naturally cool, making them perfect for bottle aging (or escaping the summer heat).

The tufa stone has also been used to create many of the spectacular chateaux of the Loire Valley.

Reply by terry picillo, Jan 15, 2009.

My husband and I visited the Loire Valley in the fall of 2007 and enjoyed a wonderful stay in Vouvray in the "Le Manoir du Grand Echenau" (see: ). Our host Baron Didier Baudard de Fontaine and his wife Silvie were perfect hosts. Didier is an accountant and has been collecting Bordeauxs for years......keeping them in his tufa rock cellers. An amazing experience.......and collection.

While we were there he treated us to fois gras served with a delicious sauterne.....probably doesn't get much better than that!

Every afternoon for our "happy hour", we stopped by the local vinyard and picked up these wonderful bottles of "bubbly" Vouvray......dry as a bone (rather than sweet as we tend to find them in the US)....amazing! Didier said they don't get many American visitors in, hopefully some of you all will want to go visit!


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