jamie goode's wine blog: A great Vouvray

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A great Vouvray

I know. Vouvray is unfashionable and a bit geeky, bit it can be great. This is an old bottle that I bought from Oddbins in the 1990s for around 12 if I recall correctly. It has developed beautifully and is now drinking very well, although I suspect it will last a couple more decades. I think I have one more left.

Domaine des Aubuisieres Les Giradieres 1er Trie 1996 Vouvray, Loire, France
A delicious, mature sweet Vouvray that's just beginning to hit its stride. Deep yellow colour, it has a lovely waxy, herby, lanolin nose with some crystalline fruits. The palate is sweet, concentrated and multidimensional, with high acidity offsetting the intense herby, tangy fruit. Although it is sweet, it's not really a dessert wine. Would be great with strongly flavoured cheeses. 93/100

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4 Comments:

At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to disagree with your comment about Vouvray being unfashionable/geeky. Where I work - a bustling bar in a "hip" part of London - we find no problems whatsoever in selling it, even to the loathsome arty, trendy types. When did it go out of fashion?

 
At 9:55 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

I'm really pleased to hear that - I'd always thought it was totally un-hip and geeky

 
At 3:59 AM, Blogger Vinogirl said...

Vouvray is a great wine, whether dry or sweet. Chenin blanc widely planted in the past in Napa, that was before Cab was King :( Drinking a 'Pine Ridge' Chenin blanc/Viognier as I post. A little RS than past vintages, but very pleasing.

 
At 12:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm, i've never really considered vouvray to be all that 'geeky' either... is it because certain styles of vouvray are vinified with a degree of residual sugar, do you think? certainly i'd say that german wines are regarded by many as frumpy, for example (especially true for younger drinkers).

 

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