Vouvray Demi-Sec, Sylvain Gaudron
France – 2015
Tasting Note: Honeyed Chenin Blanc from the Loire, perfumed with fresh hay, kept taut and lively by lemon acidity yet with a welcome touch of sweetness.
Food Matching: The ultimate cheese wine. Has the acidity to cut through creamy textures, but also a hint of sweetness to partner blues. By the same token it works well with shellfish and chilli heat.
Unique Selling Point: A great wine for cheese. Demi sec by name, but actually tastes nearly dry thanks to the incredible freshness.
Vinification: From densely-planted (6600/ha) 35 year old short-pruned bushvines on chalky clay with silica on gently south east facing slopes generally around the village of Vernou at around 70m above sea level. After hand-harvesting (bushvines require extra labour but the quality makes it worthwhile), the grapes are whole-bunch pressed in a basket press. Fermented with no added yeast with temperature control at 18 C. No fining (gravity only). No oak. Matured in bottle in the family's 13th century cellars hewn into the rock.