Puits Compostelle Blanc de Blancs 2014
It has been almost a year since I first connected with Emmanuel Rouquette. I was pointed his way by another vigneron in this beautiful part of France called La Charité-sur-Loire. I can be pretty confident that no one really knows abou this place. So when I explained what we do at Road Cru they told me straight away to go see Emmanuel. There was no one better in the area.
This is where the Loire meets Burgundy. The Cotes-de-la-Charité is one of tinniest appellations in France and only received its appellation status in 2009. Previously all the wines were simply Vin de Pays. But what I discovered in Emmanuel's cellar were finely tuned, multi-dimensional examples of fine wine--Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay.
I was immediately taken by the complexity and completeness of Emmanuel's white wine, playfully called Blanc de Blancs (a sparkling wine term typically). With this wine he carefully blended Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay, the latter from old barrels, into a rich but still refreshing white wine.
The wine truly is an intersection of Alsace, Burgundy, and the Loire--a really unique bottling for anywhere in France. I think you'll love this just about anywhere, anytime. The Sauvignon gives a citrusy refreshing quality, the Gris gives mouthwatering acidity, and the Chardonnay rounds it out with some flesh and richness. A neat bottle!