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Saturday, 25 May 2013

Vouvray – a tasting of 2011s

Vouvray's Espace du Vin

 The tasting room

Jean-Michel Pieaux, president of the Vouvray producers 

In early April Marie Thomas of the Syndicat des Producteurs de Vouvray kindly arranged a tasting of the 2011 Vouvrays at the appellation's Espace du Vin. The building that houses the Espace previously belonged to M. Musset, who was formerly president of the Vouvray Syndicat des Producteurs.

Before we started the tasting we talked briefly about the 2012 vintage, especially the frost of April 16th/17th when Rochecorbon was more affected than further east in the appellation around Vernou and the valley of the Brenne. Catherine Dhoye-Deruet.

2011 in Vouvray was a rather easier vintage than 2010 when rained arrive at the wrong time in late September/early October provoking rot and forcing the vignerons to pick very quickly.  

In the tasting there were 22 Vouvray secs, eight demi-sec and seven moelleux. The wines were tasted blind.

Coup de Fougue, Florent Cosme in Noizay

2011 sec
Coup de Fougue, Florent Cosme  
Florent is the brother of Matthieu (Domaine de Beaumont) and has only recently set up his domaine in Noizay. Vibrantly citric, fresh style with good length.

Cuvée de Silex, Domaine des Aubuisières, Bernard Fouquet
Attractive weight, texture and complexity with a touch of sweetness and then a typical hint of bitterness in the finish that is so characteristic of Chenin Blanc.

Francis Mabille
Lean, austere style with very clean flavours - just a touch of sweetness mid-palate. Will be interesting to see how it ages.

Also showed well:
Domaine de Beaumont, Matthieu Cosme
Jean Michel Gautier
Clos de Nouys
Le Peu Morier, Domaine Vincent Carême
Denis Breussin
Vignoble Brisebarre
Domaine de la Fontainerie, Catherine Droye-Deruet
Le Clos de la Meslerie, Peter Hahn

 Les Jours Heureux, Alain Robert


Les Jours Heureux, Alain Robert
Clean, citric aromas, quite complex although will benefit from further time in bottle for all the elements to come together harmoniously.

Cuvée Marcus, Clos de l'Epinay, Luc Dumange
Cuvée Marcus, Clos de l'Epinay, Luc Dumange
Good concentration and texture, quite a taut, austere style for a demi-sec  but with good length and should age well.  

Also showed well
Domaine de la Rouletiere, Jean-Marc Gilet


Cuvée Lubin Grand Liquoreux, La Croix des Vainqueurs, Laurent Bonneau
Discreet aromas but rich, concentrated fruit on palate, complex flavours – honey and rich dried apricot, barley sugar and baked apple.

Also showed well
Les Perruches, Domaine de la Poultiere
Cuvee Beauclair, Christian Blot
Souvenirs d'Automme, Caves Cathelineau, Jean-Charles and Frédéric Cathelineau

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