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.
Wine 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.
[ out of 5] Scribblings Rating – 82/100