Thursday, November 5, 2015

Domaine Pichot Vouvray 2014

My friend Jared doesn't like red wine. Jared likes cider, PBR, Coors Light, Vino Verdhé and believe it or not, Vouvray!?! Not just any Vouvray, french Vouvray. Vouvray is actually a small town in the center of France. About 180 km south of Paris. Vouvray (the Town) is known for it's amazing chateaus and it's delicate white wine made from Chenin Blanc. This wine tends to be semi-dry or in the words of the french demi-sec. The wine also has this sort of gnarly sweet tone derived from the particular time of harvest, the geographical direction in which the vines face and the natural acidic value of the grape itself.

As we were walking through the wine aisle at our local specialty grocery store, I spontaneously found 2 bottles of Vouvray staring me down. One was a 2012 at a price of 20 bones and the other one was this 2014 Domaine Pichot at $17. I looked at Jared and said, "hmmm, We're gonna do steak and Vouvray!". Not really the thing to do, pair a dry demi with a steak, but I know we'd enjoy it. SOLD!!

Chilled wine, steaks ready, wife home, time to pop the Vouvray. The nose was pleasant and unoffensive with some very light tones of honeydew, apple and that musky hard honey sense. The color was a subtle very light  yellow expected from Chenin Blanc. Then we tasted it...I'm not sure if it's just me, but are French, Italian and the rest of the old world wine producers making wine specifically for the American palate or did we just pick a wine that's simply too young to drink?!? I'm hoping the latter. This 2014 Vouvray was far too sweet for the steak!! It was amazingly silky, and that's a good thing, but it was like drinking a dessert wine. Not what we expected. Perfectly drinkable for after dinner. That's what ended up happening, we finished it after dinner where it was a lot more enjoyable. Perfectly paired with soft french cheese and my wife's apple crisp. AP 89 Points $17

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