Alpha Loire Roche de Lune Vouvray (750ml)
Fabienne Angier, Alain Guichet & Philippe Angier are the founders of Alpha Loire Domaines. Alpha Loire Domaines is a production company strongly attached to the main regions of the Loire Valley. They work in partnership with winemakers who rent their plots, they follow the work of the vines with great respect for the environment making wine in the most natural way in two wineries located in either end of the Loire Valley.
This Chenin Blanc is aged on the lees with some new wood in the barrel program as well; 90% in glass coated tanks for an aromatic, modern profile and 10% in new cask. The wine is kept on its fine lees until bottling. Aromas of dried fruits, honey and dried flowers with mineral notes and exotic fruit on the palate. Good balance of sweet fruit and a persistent roundness.10 g/l RS. Delicious as an aperitif, with foie gras, cheeses or pork dishes.
I try not to play favourites, but, despite my best efforts, wines made from the Chenin Blanc grape are almost always at the top of my list. This Vouvray from Alpha Loire Roche de Lune is just too easy to love.
In case you’ve not had it before, Vouvray is a white wine made with Chenin Blanc grapes from the Loire Valley in France. Wines range in style from dry to sweet, and still to sparkling, each with its own delicious character.
This wine is both fresh and complex: it spent time on its lees and a very small portion was kept in new oak. That said, this is not an overpowering wine- it’s full of balanced flavours of dried fruit, honey and that characteristic Chenin Blanc acidity, which I really look to for freshness as the weather warms up. The palate is bright and mineral-driven with an appealing creamy texture. This is an amazing food wine- try it with chicken or shrimp on the BBQ and a salad topped with goat cheese. Or anything with goat cheese really.