Champalou Cuvee Moelleuse Vouvray 2003

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Vouvray produces some of my favourite off-dry white wines of any region in the world. These vinous expressions are the pillowy counterpoint to the soaring wines of the Mosel. Equally deft at bringing together lightness, freshness and incredible depth, there is a much waxier quality than anything you’d find from the Rhine Valley and its offshoots.

This “sweet” Vouvray from the top producer Champalou is a perfect example of both top Vouvray and how the 2003 vintage produced some excellent sweet wines in the Loire despite the heat. In Vouvray the grapes saw some noble rot, which added to the wines’ voluptuous intensity even while the lower acid of the vintage perhaps took away from their famous ageability.

A Marshmallow Waterfall

With classic aromas of honey and peaches, this wine turns truly exciting upon drinking. Waxy, dense apricots, peaches and honey glide over the tongue like a marshmallow waterfall. The complexity and length show this to be a top notch wine, even though the acid is just barely at the right level and the wine very well may start declining sooner than expected. This is serious Chenin and is perfect with Thai food, pumpkin ravioli or anything with a hint of sweetness and spiciness.

$50 at Liberty Wine Merchants


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