Chevalier Bon Plan Folle Blanche 2015
Chevalier Bon Plan Folle Blanche 2015 |$16.99/btl | $183.49/cs
Taking over the family business can seem daunting. Standing in someone else’s shadow can be intimidating. Fortunately, winemaker Eric Chevalier, was able to take over his father’s vineyard and turn it into something magical. Eric rescued his father’s vines from either being sold or torn out. He is turning out excellent wines from classic Loire varietals such as, Melon de Bourgogne, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and one of Eric’s more obscure grapes, Folle Blanche. Also known as “Picpoul,” Folle Blanche was first used to make Cognac and Armagnac in France. It has a reputation for being a wild and vigorous vine, thus the name “Folle” which translates to “mad” or “angry” in English. It is also called “Gros Plant” or “Big Plant” as the vines tend to be large and highly productive.
This will probably be one of the more interesting, funky whites you will ever taste. With the first whiff of this highly aromatic wine, one gets a blast of sour candy, lemon zest and white flower. The palate will be taken on a rollercoaster ride of bracing acidity, tart lemon/lime and zesty green apple skin. More than one of our staff got notes of “Sour Patch Kids” when sampling this bottle! As for pairing you can go one of two ways — a seafood feast complete with a healthy sampling of oysters, or try it with a Summer Salad, studded with ripe berries and fatty Loire Valley goat cheese which will help balance the lip-smacking acidity.
The wines of Eric Chevalier are grown in the Western most section of the Loire Valley in France known as Nantes. His vines are a stone’s throw from the Atlantic ocean, and benefit generally from the maritime climate. The stretch of land on which his vines grow were once part of the ocean floor, as a result the soil is rich with sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks. The Folle Blanche vines used for this bottling are over 40 years old and grown on quartz, granite and serpentinite soils. Eric is the fourth generation to be making wines on these vineyards, and his devotion to the family business shows in the bottle.