2019 Vincent Carême "Spring" Vouvray Sec (Elsewhere $20)

SKU #1545131 91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark The Caremes blend fruit from their network of growers for this cuvee, aging it without oak so it's powered completely by its acidity's crystalline, verjus-like edge that makes it feel like a stunt driver turning a corner on two wheels. Then it coasts into leesy richness and pale stone fruit along with apple and flint. Satisfying and bright. Inner quote mark (4/2021)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark The plump texture in this complex but approachable white stays focused thanks to the mineral and ginger underpinnings that mark the peach, honeysuckle and quince flavors. (GS) Inner quote mark (10/2021)

K&L Notes

90 points Chris Kissack for Winedoctor.com: "This is a négoce wine; sourced from a handful of local domaines, mostly from vineyards currently in conversion to organics. It serves as entry-level here. The nose has a typical Vouvray fruit profile, fresh and leafy apple aromas, with a little twist of lime. It feels nicely concentrated on the palate, this being another generous vintage, shifting to a style which is rather more plump and polished in the middle. Here it seems very easy going, with gentle acids, reinforcing the round and soft feel. Overall, charming, fresh and approachable." (10/2020)

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/17/2021 | Send Email
The name may say “Spring” but this 100% dry Chenin Blanc has a thread of flavors that well serve late summer and well into fall cuisine. Careme is one of the rising stars of Vouvray, and his all organic practices produce some of the best wines in the region. Beautiful apple, pear, lemon verbena, allspice and quince make for a delightfully refreshing and versatile white guaranteed to perform at any barbecue, garden party or holiday meal setting. This white would be great replacement therapy for fans looking to step outside their normal Chradonnay routine and with its adaptability, should match up perfectly with any herb-roasted bird (I'm looking at you turkey)!

By: Adam Winkel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/1/2021 | Send Email
The fruit profile of peach, quince, and tangerine is usually evocative of a wine that's soft and plush, but a pronounced line of citric acidity here is actually quite racy. Hints of verbena and terroir-driven mineral tones power a sneaky long finish. This wine is generous in its bright intensity.

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