I was lucky enough recently to participate in a Snooth Virtual Tasting, focused on Chenin Blanc, from Vouvray in the Loire Valley of France. I received samples of the Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Sec Cuvee Silex 2012 and the Sylvain Gaudron Vouvray Brut 2011. Two other bottles, the Domaine du Margalleau Vouvray Sec 2011 and Champalou Petillant Brut NV, were also discussed. As usual, the dialogue was fast and furious, the live action with Gregory Dal Piaz and Christy Canterbury MW was casually informative and educational, so the evening was a blast. Check it out on Snooth.
The wines were a pleasure to drink, well-balanced with a nice acidity, and a focus on the minerality that the area is know for. These were tasty on their own, but would pair with plenty of food options - get a bottle or two and have some fun finding optimum complementary or contrasting flavors!
Sylvain Gaudron Vouvray Brut 2011:
Pale yellow with tiny bubbles; mineral, stone fruit, and citrus aromas; focus on minerality, with subtle nut and chalky flavors; ABV 12.5%; cork and wire closure; SRP $22.
Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Sec Cuvee Silex 2012:
Biodynamic grapes grown on flint and clay soils; lovely straw color; apple, pear, quince and citrus aromas; fruit forward, mineral, and subtle saline flavors; balanced, medium body; cork closure; SRP $24.
These wines were sent for review purposes - all opinions are my own.
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