Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wine of the Week- Domaine Pichot Vouvray

Ooh, just saying it makes you sound so sophisticated! Say it with me--- Do-mayne Pee-show Voovray... say it slowly with the best phony french accent you can muster. Fun, huh? Well it may sound pretty cool but Vouvray is really a pretty simple wine from the Loire Valley in France. The grape? Chenin Blanc. Now chenin blanc from just about anywhere but here is fairly unspectacular, but in it's native land, the grape thrives. Perhaps better known for it's sauvignon blanc varieties, Sancerre and Pouilly Fume, (Mondavi turned this into Fume Blanc) the Loire Valley also produces terrific reds such as Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Gamay. Chenin blanc makes several styles of wine from several different regions here. Anjou, Saumur, Savenniers,and Montlouis-sur-Loire. All have somewhat different characteristics but all share rich fruit, crisp acid, a hint of minerality, and a touch of honey. Not as dry as a chardonnay, nor as floral as a Viognier, Vouvray is very, very, drinkable. Looking for a change? Try this one and keep the Loire Valley in mind for future consideration of either reds or whites. Available at BevMo for under $15.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Can this guy write, or what?!

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