This is delicious if young today. Just a wonderful dessert wine. And a wine that will out live all of us. This is Chenin Blanc at its best. Light golden in color. The nose has ocean air, some crushed shells, orange peel and honey. With air some poached pear notes emerge. On the palate, this is slightly viscous. It is sweet but short of cloying. Enough acidity to balance. Flavors of honey and baked apples. Long finish. Delicious in small amounts. This goes well with ripe cheese or a savory cake.
Deep golden in color. The nose shows some slight oxidation but not a lot. Some apple cider notes but also fresh pears. On the palate, this is just barely sweet. The apple cider carries thru as does the pears. Good finish. So the big question is whether this was a pristine bottle. At age 13, it probably should have been a bit fresher. On the other hand, it was varietally correct. It seems this was close enough that it is within the variance of a 13 years old top Vouvray. All in all, this should have been better but it was still very good.
2003 was an extremely hot vintage across all of Europe. The heat had two different effects on the vines. Some of the grapes got withered and raisened from the heat. Other vines just shut down an the grapes never got fully ripe. And, a few places thru a combination of luck, micro-climates and hard work in the vineyard made good wines. This wine seems to have a bit of all three of those. Still, at age 15, it is drinking very well. Medium deep golden in color. The nose is sugary with apricots. On the palate, this has nice apricot fruit. Slightly sweet. Not a lot of depth or complexi
This wine has a reputation of being a bit oxidized and advanced in 2014. This bottle was a bit advanced but it was also spot on drinking right now. Medium golden in color. The nose has anjou pears along with minerals and a salinty which is very nice. This has a slightly oily texture. The pears continue and if this has any oxidation, it is quite small. There is good acidity. Nice finish. Enjoyed with a Ginger Parsnip Pear soup, this was a perfect match with a nice synergy. It might not make old bones, but it is drinking quite well right now.
Golden in color. Fantastic nose. Clean and expressive. Sea air, crushed shells, apples and honey. On the palate, this has a great backbone of acidity. Slightly oily texture. Minerals, crushed shells with an herbal note. Also some apples. Pinpoint precision. Slight orange citrus on the finish. Seems to be youthful but almost at peak. Of course, it should be at this level for another decade or more. Complex. Great with all kinds of food. These still are under $40 which is a great value.
This is Chenin Blanc from one of the top producers in Vouvray. While not to the same extent, Vouvray has dealt with premature oxidation in their wines much like Burgundy. This wine has been one of those which has had issues. Luckily, there were no such issues for this bottle. Still a light gold in color. The nose is nice with minerals, slight burnt orange and quince paste. On the palate, this is dry. Minerals and burnt orange peel (like in some cocktails). There is a bit of bitterness on the finish. It is a very good wine that really begs for food to shine. Good bottles of this ha
Vouvrays are made from the Chenin Blanc grape. Light gold in color. The nose is lovely with apricot, some orange peel, minerals and salinity. The palate is sweet. Not full on dessert wine, but sweet. Flavors of lemon hard candy; that sort of sweet/sour combination on the attack. The mid-palate has more oranges. Finishing back at the lemon hard candy. Long finish. This has good acidity and is food friendly. It also is full bodied and deep and works well on its own especially early on a nice summer evening outside. It is delicious. No doubt this could last for twenty years or more