October 29, 2012

Vouvray Tasting, Vol. 1

I recently participated in an online tasting with a number of wine bloggers that was conducted by Tastelive. The tasting was in conjunction with the Loire Valley Wine trade organization. You may remember my past posts on Loire Valley wines. The thing that has drawn me to Loire Valley wines is that they represent great value for wines that are often produced naturally, with biodynamic and non-interventionist methods.
As part of this tasting, we tried 5 recent release Chenin Blancs from several of the top producers in Vouvray. The wines pictured above, 2011 Francois Chidaine Les Argiles, 2010 Marc Bredif, and 2011 Domaine Les Aubuisieres, were the stars. Others in the tasting included Domaine Champalou and the 2011 Domaine Bourillon Dorleans Coulee d'Argent. There really wasn't a clunker in the bunch; though the wines were young and could use a couple of years to flesh out a bit. There wasn't a wine in the lineup that I wouldn't mind owning and its refreshing to get wines of this quality for less than $20.


  1. The Chidaine is beautiful, but very much an infant ;)

  2. Indeed. We were killing babies!
    Per usual ;)

  3. we need a Chidaine night! i've got three different 08s (2 are Montlouis-sur-Loire, not Vouvray), would be interesting to do a side by side.