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The tradition started in 1886 by Alcide Monmousseau continues today. He had the insight to realize the potential of the Touraine (in the Loire Valley, 200-km south west of Paris) as a region that could produce remarkably fine wines. He acquired 15 km of galleries, with their year-round 12°C temperature, left behind from the quarrying of the limestone used in the construction of the nearby famous Châteaux Amboise, Chaumont, Chenonceaux, et cetera to store his wines.
His son Justin noted that aside from the grapes being different from the Champagne, all other conditions of soil and temperature were remarkably the same and he began the producing outstanding sparkling wines at the turn of the 20th Century.
The company has grown, and besides their highly regarded Méthode Traditionnelle wines, they produce the other great red and white wines from the Loire. The reputation of Monmousseau wines has resulted in their appointments as suppliers of prestigious sparkling wines to the Royal courts of Europe since the turn of the 20th Century.
2012 Cuvée JM Brut AC Touraine
Produced in every respect like the wines from Champagne, as well as a minimum two years sur lies,the full remuage process prior to disgorging and nine weeks rest after, this 100% Chenin Blanc wine is exceptional in its quality and value. Possessing a slightly fruity nose, the fresh aromas of Chenin are maintained by a good reserve of acidity, resulting in a pleasant roundness. It has very abundant, long-lasting and elegant bubbles and a pale yellow crystal-clear colour.
Served at 6/8°C, it is ideal as an aperitif as well as a good match for light delicatessen, or to go with the whole meal, white meat, fish and white sauce.
Gold Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
2014 AOC Cheverny Blanc - Justin Monmousseau
70% Sauvignon Blanc & 30% Chardonnay
The robe of white Cheverny is of a brilliant pale gold with soft green tints. The complex and surprising bouquet gets close to lychees, flowers of acacia and ripe lemons with a light touch of blackcurrant and liquorice due to the Sauvignon grape. In the mouth, this very elegant wine concentrates its richness. Fresh, alive and fruity, it is fleshy with a nice and long finish.
Cheverny AC must be served between 8 and 10°C, so that its complexity and flavors can fully express themselves. Delicious and fresh as an aperitif, it is perfect to drink with fish and seafood. Try it with asparagus, It's a happy marriage!
2014 AOC Chinon - Cuvée Justin Monmousseau
Chinon at its best - amazing what Cabernet Franc from the Loire offers!
Beautiful ruby colour. A subtle and intense bouquet of red fruit with a note of violets, which is mirrored on the palate. Fleshy but elegant, this wine also has a good structure which will enable it to harmoniously age for several years although it may be enjoyed immensely when young and vibrant.
2015 AOC Rosé d'Anjou - Justin Monmousseau
60% Cabernet Franc, 40% Grolleau & 40% Grolleau
A blend of Cabernet Franc and Grolleau. The Cabernet provides the rosé wine with its structure while the Grolleau (or Groslot), recommended for rosés wines, provides its spirit and merriness.
A pale pink colour, slightly salmon and translucent, seduces the eye. A hint of sweetness on the palate, light in alcohol, very aromatic with red fruit smells, it is a ' summer wine ' par excellence. Serve it chilled at about 8°C. Perfect with poultry and white meat, it skillfully goes with all spring and summer meals. You will also appreciate it during hot sunny summer afternoons.
Brut Etoile AC Touraine
70% Chenin Blanc & 30% Chardonnay
Made in the traditional method from 70% Chenin Blanc and 30% Chardonnay and allowed to age sur lies fro 18 months this delightful sparkling wine is light golden in colour with small long-lasting bubbles. A full and frothy initial expression, with almond, fig and pear flavors, and a soft refreshing finish. Best served at 6-8°C.
Cuvée JM Brut Rosé AC Touraine
70% Cabernet Franc & 30% Gamay Noir
The 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Gamay grapes are vinified as white wines for this cuvée according to the Méthode Traditionnelle process. Its secondary fermentation on laths and a maturation of 18 months in troglodyte caves at a natural and constant temperature of 12°C, provide it with a special elegance. It is very refined.
Gamay in the Loire tends to be light and very fruity and have low levels of alcohol while Cabernet Franc, also known as Breton, produces a well-structured, fragrant quality wine. According to the soil, it can have raspberry or violet aromas. It is a perfect complement for the Gamay grape, to which it adds its 'winey ' appearance and structure in blending.
Its colour is a delicate salmon pink. The bubbles are very fine and abundant, and are long-lasting in the flute. Its bouquet is very fruity. Hints of raspberry are noticeable and forecast the explosion of aromas of summer fruit on the palate. It is both as lively, round, and supple. Served at 6- 8°C, it will offer all its complexity and delicacy.