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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Three fine 2011 Vouvrays from Champalou

2011 Vouvray, Champalou

When the call went out for samples for my tasting of 2011 Vouvrays organised by Marie Thomas of the Syndicat des Vignerons the Champalous were away – at Prowein I fancy – so they were unable to respond. Instead Catherine Champalou kindly arranged to send me samples when I was next back in Touraine. 

These are three lovely, very fine 2011 Vouvrays. They vary in sweetness from sec through demi-sec to sweet but all have a wonderful delicacy and balance. They all have considerable potential to age but can certainly be enjoyed right now.      

2011 Cuvée des Fondreaux, Vouvray, Champalou

Notes on the three wines: 

2011 Vouvray, Champalou
Discreet nose but rich fruit on palate, touch of sweetness but good acidity in the finish to provide balance and freshness. Impressive. Very clean and precise. Worked well with asparagus. 

2011 Cuvée les Fondreaux, Vouvray, Champalou

Between tendre and demi-sec very clean citric flavours with enough acidity to keep everything fresh. Good partner with hard and blue cheeses. 

2011 La Moelleuse, Vouvray, Champalou

Lovely delicate sweet wine, citric flavours including pineapple, beautifully clean and precise. 11% alcohol. Not super sweet rather it has lovely delicacy. Very good apéro with some chicken liver pâté on rough oak cakes. Also with Gorgonzola and even worked with rognon de veau with mushrooms in a cream and mustard sauce.

2011 La Moelleuse, Vouvray, Champalou

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