Domaine de Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Moelleux Cuvée Clos Baglin 2005 (Vouvray, France)
12%, Cork, $55
It was a bit of a Chenin evening for me last night as I drank another bottle of the Blind Corner Cremant (which went down very well, again) and then finished off this Vouvray whilst watching the Tour (I think I needed a calming drink last night too).
Produced off a certified organic (and actually farmed biodynamically) vineyard on prime limestone, clay and silex (famous white Loire Valley pebbles) soils that has been farmed by the same family since 1875. Made in a Moelleux (sweet) style, though it’s built more on fully ripe fruit than residual sugar, what this wine reminded me of was simply how much drinking joy
there is in textured, rich and ripe (yet not fat) whites of this nature
It certainly smells full too, with a dense, mandarin and orange juice nose of quite serious weight and depth. A serious full, powerful and wild nose (with just a flicker of that old socks Vouvray bottle stink too) this definitely is. That thickness and power extends right through the wine too, with candied orange and some smoky yeasty mid palate complexity adding even more interest. Strong biting tang of sour acidity matches nicely to the weight of extract and a little residual sugar to make for a wine that is both sweet and dry, with that same quince and orange fruit right through the finish.
I absolutely enjoyed this. It’s a very fair wine for the price too, with everything you could ask for in a good sweet/ripe style of Chenin. I’d buy it again in a heartbeat (and may even be underrating it). 18/93 (Drink now – 2020+)