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Vouvray - An exceptional Loire Valley Wine

Aug 17, 2007
Vouvray is a Loire Valley white wine with a reputation for extraordinary finesse, longevity and a delightful versatility. Any way you taste it, Vouvray is a great white loaded with layers and flavours. Vouvray wines range from tart and dry to medium sweet, and even a sparkling version. The sweet versions are generally superior to the dry ones.

Vouvrays are produced in a little town in the picturesque castle country of France's Loire Valley called Vouvray and its here that the world's best Chenin Blanc wines are made. The Chenin Blanc grapes are also known locally as Pineau de la Loire.

Vouvray makes a terrific food wine to complement chicken, pork, veal and fish. A blast of acidity delivered with each sip makes sparkling Vouvray an excellent bubbly to accompany rich foods such as sauteed seafood and food with cream sauces.

Vouvray has developed a deserved reputation for being extraordinary wines of longevity, finesse and surprising but delightful versatility. It's often made dry with a bit of sweetness, or can even be medium sweet, but that's tempered by its tingly acidity that dances across your palate, kind of like honey and lemon together.

Vouvray are among the most age able white wines, getting mellower and lush over time. The best of these wines can be put away to cellar for 10, 20, even 30 or more years. If you bought a case you could open one and lay the rest down opening one together every five years on Valentine's Day.

Alternatively If your budget can not stretch to a half a case don't fret. Buy one very special bottle of Vouvray instead. Go out and buy a bottle of sweet Vouvray made in the year of your or your better half's birth available because sweet Vouvrays age indefinitely.

The best vintages have heralded from 2005, 2002, 1995, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1985, 1976, 1971, 1969, 1959, 1949, 1947, 1945 and 1921. The 2005 vintage is one of the best vintages. There were no spring frosts to damage the flowers, and a long dry autumn with sunny days and cool nights followed.

This is not the easy option as it will take some effort and research because unfortunately, aged Vouvrays are not well understood by many people still in the mindset that you do not age white wines being totally ignorant of the aging characteristic of Vouvray and many other Loire Valley white wines. Still, with a little luck in fine wine shops or on-line, you will be able to find some older Vouvrays of the right year.

A great aged Vouvray - 20 years old or more - is an experience every wine drinker should have at least once in their lifetime. Here is a suggestion, next Valentine's Day do something a little different and share a bottle of aged Vouvray and plan to repeat the occasion every 5 years with that special person in your life.
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Corina Clemence operates a luxury french chateau in the Loire Valley near Blois, for up to fifteen people perfect for family holidays and for touring vineyards and chateaux and relaxing. It is ideal for a french wedding, party or event. Rent the whole castle or rent a suite. Rent a castle in France. Rent chateau France http://www.loirechateau.com Rent chateau Hire castle - hire chateau
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