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KERMIT LYNCH WINE MERCHANT

Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Anjou Rouge
Clos de la Cerisaie
Cabernet Franc N/A Schist 1.5 ha
Savennières
Chenin Blanc N/A Schist 8.5 ha
Savennières “Cuvée Spéciale”
Chenin Blanc Planted in 1989 Schist 1.5 ha
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• The Bizard’s vineyard land sits at the highest point in the Savennières appellation     

• Vines are pruned in gobelet

• Cover crop is planted in between every other vineyard row

• Hand harvested

• Grapes are pressed gently by pneumatic press

• Juice rests for 24 hours before being racked into stainless steel cuves or barrel for fermentation to begin


Savennières “Cuvée Spéciale”:

• Bottled especially for Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

• Wine ferments for 6 weeks in small, stainless steel cuves

• Ages for about 6 months sur lie in very old chestnut demi-muids

• Bottled unfiltered

MISCELLANEA

The Château d’Epiré filters all of its wines except those sold to Kermit Lynch. Why? Sadly, the majority of European consumers and sommeliers are willing to forsake body and taste for perfect stability and sediment-free wines…. Based on my tastings of each over three different vintages, there is a two-point difference between the normal cuvées and the Cuvée Spéciale and another two-point difference between it and Lynch’s unfiltered cuvée.

-Pierre Rovani, The Wine Advocate


It is difficult to imagine another wine from France likely to provide the sheer intellectual marvel we seem to enjoy with every bottle of d’Epiré’s Savennières.

-Bruce Neyers, KLWM


The Cuvée Spéciale is what it usually is, their best parcel, old vines next to the Coulée de Serrant, fermented and raised in demi-muids, and bottled unfiltered. All for us! It is intense with a strong goût de terroir to go with the fruit. It is powerful, coiled like a spring, needs some time, and can age well into the next century.

-Kermit Lynch

General Information

Country
France
Region
Loire
Appellation(s)
Anjou, Savennières
Producer
Luc Bizard
Founded
1850
Annual Production
4,000 cases
Farming
Lutte Raisonnée
Website
http://www.chateau-epire.com

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