1989 François Pinon "Première Trie" Vouvray Moelleux

SKU #1040058

This dessert wine is nothing short of spectacular, with a modern nose offering yellow fruits, exotics and apple. Notes of honey and spice add intrigue to an already complex array of aromas. With a fine texture on the mouth, supple, long and oh so smooth, this elegant wine finishes fresh and clean, just what you want in a stickie with considerable residual sugar. Nothing cloying here! This one is ideal with tarte Tatin.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/12/2008 | Send Email
Who needs Sauternes when you can drink this? I mean seriously...(Clyde, if you're reading, I'm just joking). Terrific moelleux from a brilliant producer's effort in the excellent '89 vintage in Vouvray. Mandarin aromas, just a touch lactic, lead to lively flavors of tinned orange citrus fruit. Wonderful acidity and persistence on the finish. A classic.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2008 | Send Email
The first whiffs of this wine are sublime in a way that no red wine can ever be. Honey, fruit, and citrus all intermingle themselves into a complexity that cannot be justly expressed. If you think I'm being ridiculous it gets better. The palate is salty, sweet and savory simultaneously. Find me another wine that does that! If you find the right cheese, you might have a transformative experience, a religous breakthrough.

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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.