Project Description

Louise Chéreau Vices & Vertus

Katharos Muscadet 2019

Katharos label

Louise Chéreau Vices & Vertus Katharos Muscadet 2019

As the voice of the new generation at the Chéreau Carré winery in France’s Loire Valley, Louise Chéreau is shaking things up by creating fresh new expressions of traditional grapes and terroirs. As part of this project, she’s created Katharos, a natural wine with zero added sulfur dioxide. Using carefully selected grapes from their Chasseloir estate (25 to 30-year-old vines on a prime location on the Maine river with schist soils), she crafts this delicate and elegant wine from 100% melon de bourgogne with the goal of creating the most transparent expression of grape and place. Katharos means “purity” in ancient Greek and the aim of this cuvée is to reveal the authentic aromas of the melon de bourgogne variety without the addition of any sulfur during vinification, which allows the aromatics to shine through.

  • Site: Chasseloir at 175m

  • Grapes: Melon de Bourgogne

  • Vine Age: 25-30 years

  • Soil: Schist and orthogneiss

  • Farming: Ecologic

  • Vinification: Grapes are manually harvested at optimal ripeness. Zero sulfur added during fermentation or bottling. Does not go through malolactic fermentation to retain the refreshing acidity and the must is fermented completely dry with no residual sugars.

  • Suggested Retail: $22.00