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11 January 2006

Vouvray Madness

Even more Vouvray.  I can't get enough of this stuff *twitching*

The Skinny
Vouvray95_moe2_1Domaine Pichot Vouvray Moelleux AOC, 1995 ($25) [imported in the US by Vineyard Brands]

  • Chenin Blanc from the Vouvray appellation in France's Loire Valley
  • I recommend planning an entire evening around this bottle, as it will change dramatically once opened.  At first glance, Domaine Pichot looks like liquid gold
  • Swirl the wine in your glass and sniff.  I detected scents of banana, butterscotch, pear and Perrier.  After twenty minutes, the aroma becomes decidedly earthy, chalky and, for lack of a better term, funky
  • Sip it slowly and taste the grab-bag of evolving flavors.  I won’t attempt to describe them, as they are best-experienced first-hand.  The mouthfeel is rich and smoothly textured.  This is a decidedly sweet wine; yet its held together and lifted out of syrup obscurity with still-present acidity.  Domaine Pichot takes several, pleasantly fading encores.  An entirely pleasant and scent-beguiling experience

**** (4 stars out of 5)

Vouv95_moeThis Moelleux Vouvray represents tremendous value. Domaine Pichot offers a glimpse at what this style of wine can become with ten years of bottle age – and all at a price tag under thirty bucks.  As for food, I discovered the wine to be tremendous with smoked salmon and a dollop of crème fraiche.  Similarly, it is likely to perform wonders with succulent sashimi. Of course, the fun of Moelleux Vouvray is drinking it by itself over the course of an evening.  You’ll fall in love.  Cheers.

PS Alder at Vinography sampled the 1996 vintage of this wine.  He also provides some background on the family that produces this unique wine.


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