It’s been a very long time since Vouvray has been on First Pour Wine, in fact, nearly a year. Not a lot of Chenin Blanc either, the principle varietal used in the production of Vouvray. With that in mind, it seemed appropriate to have a Vouvray as we get ready for summer. Light, refreshing, and ranging anywhere from sweet to mildly dry, Vouvray is excellent chilled. This wine can pick up a lot of stone fruit, citrus, and minerality. How does this selection from 2010 Bougrier V Vouvray make its entrance into summer?
Sight: A pale golden color. Like singular strands of gossamer candy slightly caramelized.
Smell: Sea salt and minerality, lemon, apricot, nectarine, and melons. Cantaloupe and honeydew. Lightly herbal note, like fresh mint.
Sip: There’s a hint of sweetness, before plunging into a massive pool of acidity. The mouthfeel is light to moderate, and there’s a nice kick of stone right after a rain storm, nectarine, underripe peaches, and apricot. A slice of grapefruit and mint runs through the whole experience. [A.B.V. 12%]
Savor: The end gets rather pithy. A lot of citrus, and a few floral and herbal notes. It dissipates moderately.
2010 Bougrier V Vouvray is nice little burst of flavor, if a bit bright. There are some nice stone fruit and a couple of herbal / floral flavors, but it’s not as clean as might be hoped. This wine will do nicely with most seafood, and some poultry. It’s also ok on its own for a pool party. 2010 Bougrier V Vouvray isn’t the most complicated or entertaining wine, but a decent entry to the under $10 market.
Verdict: In its swimsuit, but no diving allowed.
Liore, France (Appellation Vouvray Controlee)