Had this at a local wine shop and was told it was a sparkling Vouvray.  I don't see that on the label as it appears to Vin de Pays though that is not on the label either.  The importers web site states that this is "Based heavily on Chenin Blanc with a dollop of Chardonnay" from vineyards in Touraine.  In any event, I love Chenin Blanc and thought this was a very nice sparkler.  How much one enjoyed it seemed to be directly tied to ones appreciation fro Chenin (at least at the store).  Light gold in color with some green streaks.  On the nose, this has a nice salinity with a bit of chalk, crushed shells and slight orange peel.  On the palate, this is tart.  Dry.  Moderate effervescence.  There is some citrus but mostly this is about minerality.  Long finish.  This should work better with food than on its own.  It would work well as a starter wine with buts or other salty foods.  Although Chenin ages well, in this format, it probably needs to be consumed in the next year or so.  

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
90
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

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