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Grainger’s wine blog weekly wine offer this week at www.gfwine.co.uk is a Loire valley wine from Chateau de Brossay in the appellation of Cremant de Loire. A sparkling white brut. The wine is on offer at £10.99 reduced from £11.80.
Chateau de Brossay produces wines within a number of appellations covering the domaine. The principal wines are made in the Anjou AOC: Anjou Rouge from the single varietal Cabernet Franc grape and Anjou Blanc from the single varietal Chenin Blanc. Hubert also makes an Anjou Villages Rouge wine also from the Cabernet Franc grape but which, due to the longer fermentation process and aging in oak is fuller bodied than Anjou.
Other grape varieties grown on the domaine are Grolleau and Gamay used in the production of the dry Rosé de Loire and Chardonnay used for the sparkling Cremant de Loire. Hubert’s range of wines includes a non AOC Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc.
The estate is family owned and run by two brothers Hubert and Raymond Deffois. Hubert is responsible for the day to day running of the vineyards and the wine production. The Domaine is praised particularly for a range of sweet wines and a red sparkling wine.
Hubert’s real passion and expertise is in the production of sweet Coteaux du Layon wines.
The area along the Layon valley is very much the home of sweet wine in the Loire region and Hubert maximises this passion for the art of producing these wines. His repertoire includes the straight forward light sweets, the more intense wines made from the old vines (vieilles vignes) up to 65 years old, and the intense liquorice sweets where the grapes are picked fully developed from the noble rot. His gold medal awards from the Concours des Oenologues in 2008 and the Concours Interloire 2007 speak for his success.
The vineyard’s innovative and sparkling red wine, ‘le Cerisier’ mousseux rouge (non AOC) is a rare gem, delicious as an aperitif and with chocolate desserts and strawberries. It’s a true surprise and a rare treat for guests at any dinner party.
The production of red sparkling wine is relatively new in France and Hubert has been in the forefront of developing this style of wine. In France red sparkling remains outside the AOC system and this allows Hubert the freedom to extend the boundaries of style and flavour without the constraints of the AOC system. He uses Cabernet Franc, Grolleau rouge, and Gamay grape varieties to tease out the full mouth quenching fruits.
A refreshing sparkling white wine made from 100% Chardonnay grapes. A velvety attack on the palate of peaches, blackberries and nectarines. The wine is made in the ‘Methode Traditionelle’ and is kept on th lees in the cellars for 12 months to produce a rounded finish on the palate with loads of fruit flavours and small bubbles. Serve chilled at 6-8°C as an aperitif and with panacotta dessert.
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