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2008 François Pinon Vouvray "Cuvée Tradition"

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91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 10: "Bright yellow. Sexy aromas of white peach, tangerine, honey, dusty minerals and flowers. Tangy on entry, showing spicy citrus character, then gains sweetness and breadth in the middle palate. Lush but nicely focused orchard and pit fruit flavors are underscored by subtle minerality and pick up a touch of bitter orange on the back half. This already-complex Vouvray finishes with excellent breadth and juicy persistence." 90 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe pear and fig fruit flavors lead the way, but the feel is nice and crunchy thanks to lively acidity. Hints of quinine, quince and fresh green melon all chime in on the lively finish. Drink now through 2013. 800 cases imported." (04/10)

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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.


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- 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.