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After discovering the delights of Chianti it was to the Loire that my burgeoning interest in wine led next. Much fun was had working from the Atlantic coast East and inland along the 620-odd miles of the river discovering each areas predominant grape variety – Melon de Bourgogne, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay, Cabernet Franc…

There are something like 85,000 acres of vineyards within spitting distance of the Loire, many bearing names I recognised from my parents dinner table – Rosé de Anjou appeared often (remember this is the 1970’s), Vouvray too. The latter obviously appealing to the ‘oldens’ due to its sweeter nature, over, say, the minerally crispness of a Sancerre.
Searching the archives it would seem 2006 was the last time I wrote up a Vourvay; high time then to give this Waitrose exclusive a once-over.



White Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Domaine du Vieux Vauvert, 2007, Loire, France.
Stockist: Waitrose Price: £6.99 [More on Adegga / Snooth]
Medium-Dry the shelf- barker in Waitrose proclaimed and there it is confirmed on the front label; personally I’d put it down as off-dry. Whatever. The residual sugar gives a more rounded, gentle feel to the palate.
I’ve over chilled it slightly which has deadened the aroma somewhat but the palate, smooth and rounded, as mentioned, has a long creamy pear and apple finish. While a hint of sherbet and some minerally acidity keep the mid-palate fresh, clean, tight and focused. There is an edge of orange citrus under the apple flavours with a different type of apple being apparent on the nose. Not a sign of the ‘blossom aromas’ mentioned on the label though. An easy-drinking style but a wine that just lacked a little something to really make it sing, especially at near seven quid a bottle.

Scribblings Rating – 82/100 [2.75 out of 5]

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