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2008 Domaine des Aubuisieres "Cuvee Silex" Vouvray

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92 points Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bernard Fouquet's 2008 Vouvray Cuvee Silex was not picked until October 8 (and then at over 13% natural alcohol) and it shows in a wine whose combination of ripeness, hint of botrytis, and brightness puts me in mind of 1996. Lychee, yellow cherry, Mirabelle, quince, and narcissus in the nose lead to a musky, subtly oily, chalk-inflected, honeyed, yet incisively zesty palate. This combines richness and palpably high extract with cut and invigoration in a way that only Chenin (and then only in the Central Loire) can. Its 6 grams of residual sugar perfectly set off the yellow fruits and hint of honey in this wine’s long finish. This formidably-concentrated yet elegant wine is worth following for at least half a dozen years. That’s assuming the screw-caps used in bottling for the U.S. cuvee since the 2007 vintage are up to that challenge. In other markets, you’re out of luck, because Fouquet normally bottles this extraordinary and otherwise ageworthy cuvee with a plastic stopper, to which I attribute the loss of aromas in my bottles of 2005 after a couple of years." (08/09) And from Wine Spectator: "Fresh and unadorned, with white peach, orange blossom and green almond notes that are forward, but stay remarkably persistent on the rounded finish." (12/09)

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Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/7/2009 | Send Email
Never have I tasted a vouvray for under $20 of this classic style until now! Don't let the price point or screw cap fool you. This chenin blanc makes your mouth water for more with its rich stone fruit and beautiful minerality. Full in the mouth but yet focused and zestful with a the perfect amount of acid to balance it out. Lots of WOW here!

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/5/2009 | Send Email
Exactly what one expects from a Vouvray and more! Classic Vouvray in a "Tendre" style(something in between totally Dry and Off Dry). Beautiful nose of quince, lemon curd, honeysuckle. Definetely honeyed but with a just ever so slightly sweetness on the palate. This will be delicious with anything with Bernaise, Hollandaise or sweet and sour sauces, goat cheese, quiches and souffles, Indian food, lemon chicken, fruit salads, chestnut or lemon-based desserts.

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.