1989 Georges Brunet "Vieilles Vignes" Vouvray Demi-Sec

SKU #1045885

The Brunet family has been a family of wine growers for eight generations, and this lengthy experience shows in this mature Chenin Blanc. Today Georges and his son Nicolas traditionally cultivate Chenin Blanc and only Chenin Blanc, respecting the vine (harvest is 100% manual) and the environment. Mature to the eye and the nose, this golden-colored beauty offers ripe pineapple and spice aromas, which are joined on the palate by still ample acidity and enviable sweetness. Just the thing for a decadent cheese selection, especially one featuring chevre with honey!

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By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/13/2009  | Send Email
I was stunned by this wine. A marvelous nose of honey, honeycomb, jasmine blossom, crushed stones, plenty of spices that is echoed by the palate, all with a very balanced acidity. The demi-sec gives you sweetness on the front palate but ends it on a dry note and a very long honeyed finish. A mature wine indeed. A plate of aged goat cheese will pair wonderfully with it. Also some serious Chinese or Thai food, rilletes, chestnut-based desserts.

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/7/2009  | Send Email
Really compelling, off-dry, aged Chenin Blanc showing remarkable balance and acidity now. If you are seeking to try something totally new and different, or are simply a fan of good, old Vouvray, this wine is the one to pick up. It offers a complex bouquet of (okay, here's where I get geeky): tire, white mushroom, orange marmalade, cinnamon and honey. The palate is rich and full, with more minerality, but echoing the nose with citrus marmalade flavors and mushroomy notes. The acidity is key here: still vibrant and fresh, supporting the residual sugar, making the finish peceptibly less sweet than you expect. Classic.
Drink from 2009 to 2014

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

- 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. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Loire

- 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.