Creative Furnace and TasteLive, along with the Loire Valley Wine Association, invited me to a two-part tasting of Vouvray wines that took place in October. The event was divided into two interactive chats segmented by coast. The next event takes place on November 13 and is also hosted by Pamela Busch, wine writer and educator.
We tried several wines from Vouvray, the largest white wine appellation of the Anjou-Saumur-Touraine region, which is made from Chenin Blanc and is grown in flint and limestone clay soils. Sixty percent of the wines are made into still wines and 40 percent are made into sparkling wines. Vouvray can be aged and the wines are known for being fruity and floral.
The wines tried included:
- Didier Champalou Vouvray Sec, 2010, a very balanced wine with lots of grapefruit and grassy notes. This was one of my favorites.
- Marc Bredif Vouvray Sec 2010, this one had a little funkiness and hints of honey, quince, pineapple and marizipan. This one changed the most over the tasting and became very creamy.
- Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Sec ‘’Cuvée Silex’’ 2011, honey, mineral, lemon, pear, grapefruit and honey notes. This was really an interesting blend and totally different than the others.
- François Chidaine Vouvray Sec ‘’Argiles’’ 2010, peach, honey, floral, honeycomb and almond. This one totally transformed between the first and second day.
- Domaine Bourillon Dorleans Vouvray Sec ‘’Coulée d’Argent’’ 2011, pear, ginger, almonds, tangerine, nectarine, floral notes and a hint of sweetness.
While I had tried Vouvray before, I never knew the depth, complexity and the differences of the wines. I’m looking forward to the next tasting on November 13 and continuing my education in the future.