Tonight brought a very nice selection of Loire Valley Wines 5 in all celebrating Chenin Blanc! I found the wines refreshing, crisp and full of character. The event brought many of my wine blogging friends together for an enjoyable tasting.
Wine one was the Vincent Careme 2010 Vouvray Brut Cuvee T. Love starting with bubbles! Vanilla, grapefruit, loads of citrus, mineral notes, lemon zest. Excellent layers of flavor wrapped around minerality. The wine tickles your nose and treated your palate.
Wine two was the 2011 LeHaut-Lieu Sec. I found this wine very interesting with a slight funk when I first opened the bottle which quickly faded giving way to pear, green apple, mild orange zest, lemon/lime notes, nectarine, fresh almonds and hay. Nice mineral notes on the finish of this wine as well and the lime citrus accent. This may have been my favorite of the evening.
Wine 3 was the Gautier Benoit Vouvray Argilex 2010. Loved the fresh cut flower aroma as if you were standing in a field of daisy's. Red apple, lemon, citrus and nice honey notes. Simple yet refreshing.
Wine 4 Foreau Vouvray Demi-Sec 2009. Loads of sweet pear and lemon citrus when the wine first hits the glass. As it opens, baked apple pie, wild flower and honey. Nice character and perfect balance of fruit. This was my second favorite of the evening.
Final wine of the evening the 2005 Francois Pinon Cuvee Botrytis. Licorice, vanilla, sweet golden raisins along with very ripe apple. Would love this with a spicy asian chicken dish. Great wine to end the evening.
There we are folks the journey of Vouvray is complete. Both parts really opened my eyes to the various styles of vouvray and the vast character each wine portrays. I have a greater appreciation of this region. Thanks to Cailyn and Joel for taking me on this tour of France. What a wonderful evening of tasting and sharing thoughts.