2613 Chatham Rd.
Springfield, IL 62704
Domaine du Viking Vouvray Tendre 750ML 2013
Sku: 805109550087
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Country: France
Region: Loire
Sub-Region: Touraine
Appellation: Vouvray
Grape Varietal: Chenin Blanc
Type: Still wine
Reg. $19.99
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100% Chenin Blanc from the most northern part of the Vouvray AOC and silex (flint) soils. Fermented in tank and aged partially in chestnut barrels. “Tender dry” (tendre) style.

It is fair to say that Lionel Gauthier is a bit of a misfit in the area. With a shocking patch of blond hair, massive build, and in-your-face intensity, he seems more Scandinavian than Loire. At least that is what his friends thought when they started calling him the “Viking” several years ago. After a few years, the name “Viking” had stuck, so in 1989, Lionel decided to rename the property. Every single bunch of grapes on the property is hand-harvested, sorted, destemmed, crushed, and fermented in Lionel’s tiny garage cellar, and left to age in tank and barrels made from local chestnut (according to Lionel, oak imparts too many unwanted flavors to his wines.) Lionel’s style is what he called “Sec Tendre” or “Tender Dry”. This is usually a demi-sec (off dry) bottling with very high acidity. Because most of the vines are planted on flint (silex), the minerality and acidity are startling and stunning. There is a type of mouthwatering acidity that makes drinking these wines all too easy. For lovers of great Austrian and Germain riesling.