If you read the wine press these days it seems everyone is talking about dryness and acidity. They’re pairing higher acid wines to go better with food. Wine makers are picking grapes early to keep the acid levels higher. It used to be the philosophy was to try and maximize the sugars. Now everything has to be bone dry and make your mouth water. It never seems to be about balance, as the current fad takes hold and everyone runs with it. In this review we talk about a wine that actually has some residual sugar, and it works beautifully. I must be a heretic.
Vouvray is in the Loire Valley, part of the Touraine region. In Vouvray they make still and sparkling wines that range from still to sweet, all with the Chenin Blanc grape. Here’s the wine we’re discussing:
Winery Location: Vouvray, Loire Valley, France
Tasted By: Neil & Cheri Date: March 2014
Tasting Notes: – as mentioned above, this wine carries a little residual sugar around with it. It’s very light in color. The aromas are of tree fruit. On the palate the fruits come through nicely, and there is some refreshing acidity that balances the sugar and provides a nice clean finish. Overall we really liked this. It’s light, and the wine went pretty well with tacos. This one is about balance. It has it. While we generally drink dry wines unless we’re going hard over towards dessert, this may change our philosophy a bit.
Price Point – $12
Would We Buy It? – yes. In fact I stopped in to North Kingston Liquors and bought a few more bottles already. This is a wonderfully refreshing and clean wine that is a bit out of the mainstream push for high acid and bone dry. Here we have medium acid and off dry, and it works. We’re putting this on the value list. The only negative might be that it is too easy to drink.
A votre sante!