June 28, 2010

Another Well-Aged Goodie: 1990 Prince Poniatowski Vouvray Aigle Blanc

The Poniatowski family has a history of cranking out age-worthy Chenin Blancs for some time. Their Vouvrays are top-tier and worthy of your attention. Best part, the wines are quite affordable, many can be found for under $25. The Wine Doctor has a nice write-up and notes on Prince wines.

We opened the 1990 from a clean bottle that was in pristine shape. The wine showed a rather vibrant yellow color still. Fleshy and soft palate with sweet fruit and cool minerality. Apricot and hazelnut flavor, but a spine here, too, that keeps the boytrytis in check. Very nice indeed and a pleasure to taste the past in fine form.


  1. that's wild! is it a good dose of acidity that helps it age, or do they use some oak to put some tannin into that bad boy (or something else I'm not thinking of)?

  2. Hey Joe,
    I'm thinking it's the acidity. Brings some freshness to it despite the age.

  3. Sounds delish! I've never had a boytrytisized Vouvray, but I bet that acid makes a great foil to the sweet apricot and hazelnut...

  4. Matt,
    It makes seem surprisingly fresh and light on its feet. Doesn't feel it's age at all. Don't know if you buy from WineBid, but just noticed some bottles out there at auction. Rather affordable, too.