Vincent Carême is a young and dynamic Vouvray wine grower who set up his domaine from scratch in 1999. His is not a family business – his parents are cereal farmers – but his rise to prominence has been nothing short of meteoric. In the quiet and unfashionable Loire, this has, however, gone largely unnoticed.
The estate makes the full range of wines: sparkling, sec, demi-sec and moelleux and he uses organic methods across his vines, with the 14 hectares of vines used to produce his domaine wines being certified. As a means of raising capital and providing extra capacity, he has also set up a ‘négociant’ business, although the majority of the grapes he buys for this are, in fact, farmed by him.
Refreshingly bright and energetic, a delicious lunchtime sparkling wine, brimming with lovely apple core purity, minus the pips, yet with dept, and cool white fruit sapidity; the chalky, pithiness balanced by 4 grams of unfermented residual sugar, as not to be sweet. First made in vintage 1999, Vincent and Tania’s bottled fermented Chenin Blanc is fast garnering praise for its poise and purity.