Le Pavillon Blanc comes from master blenders Christophe Rethore and his cousin, Jean Michel Davy, at their award winning vineyards in the Loire Valley. Their domaine, Rethore Davy, lies in Saint Remy en Mauges in the old province of Anjou. Rethore Davy boasts a wonderfully rich estate, nestled on the slopes of small valleys located at a slight altitude, enjoying an exceptional southern exposure.
The grapes for Le Pavillon Rose are grown on exclusively on quartz schist which allows the estate’s Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay to thrive. Chardonnay originated in neighbouring Burgundy but is often used as a blending grape in the Loire; adding structure and richness to the wines. Sauvignon Blanc is included in the blend to give acidity and its characteristic flavours of grapefruit and gooseberry. Loire Sauvignon Blancs are renowned for their refreshing, almost tart styles and the Rethore Davy’s top quality Le Pavillon Blanc is a wonderful marriage of the two grapes.
The cousins’ skill in blending is reflected in how they vinify their grapes. The 2 grape varieties undergo pellicular maceration (leaving the grape skins in with the juice until fermenting, which intensifies the aromas). A 5 day maceration is carried out and fermentation is commenced at low temperature with native yeasts. The end result is a wonderfully aromatic and complex wine.
Le Pavillon Blanc is an enjoyable glass of zesty white wine at any time, however it also pairs well with food, including seafood and fish, chicken, guinea fowl, turkey, ham and pork. It’s great with pasta in creamy sauce, mild curries and hard cheeses.