This week’s wine of the week in my CSW class was Vouvray or Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley in France. Vouvray comes in a variety of styles from very dry to very sweet and also sparkling. I chose the Vignobles Lacheteau 2015 Vouvray. This wine was an AOP, the highest category of quality of wine in a French region. The alcohol content was 11.5% and priced under $10.
The color is a clear pale straw.
The aroma was clean with no off odors. It showcased tropical fruit, floral notes and honey.
The palate had light to medium sweetness, with medium acidity and a light to medium body. It offered notes of minerality, tropical fruit, pineapple and honey.
It had a nice long finish at around 35 seconds
Pairing and Comments
Though this wine was a little sweeter than I normally like, when paired with a creamy, salty beef it cut down on the sweetness and was enjoyable. The wine saw no oak and was aged in stainless steel. For under $10 at Trader Joe's, definitely a good buy.
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.