Vouvray wines


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Vouvray is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France.

The Loire Valley surrounds the longest river in France, and encompasses the most appellations in any classical wine region. Near its eastern edge lies the city of Tours, and just to its east, the town of Vouvray. Vouvray is well known for its white chenin blanc wine, named aptly "Vouvray". These wines are made 100% from the chenin blanc grape.

Wines from the French commune of Vouvray to the east of Tours are made in a wide range of styles from the Chenin Blanc grape. Vintages in the Loire are highly variable, but in the best years Vouvray can produce stylish and very long-lived white wines.

There are seven townships in this appellation, which falls in the touraine district of the Loire. The Vouvray appellation was only created in 1936, although monasteries worked with wine for centureis before that time. Note that chenin blanc wines in the other parts of the world are called merely chenin blanc.

Vouvray Mousseux AOC and Vouvray Petillant AOC are both made via MÉTHODE CHAMPENOISE
"Vouvray - famous white Touraine, exclusively from the Chenin Blanc, in the field of eight municipalities in the Loire Valley immediately east of Tours produced: Vouvray, Rochecorbon, Vernou, Sainte Radegonde, Chancay, Noizay, Reugny and a part of Parcay - Meslay. Vouvray can vary depending on the vintage and cellar treatment. It can be fruity, very dry (sec) and slightly tart or intense color and fruit and halbtrocken (demi-sec) or full, gold and moelleux (sweet) like a Sauternes, he can bright, appetizing and sparkling (petillant) but also - most commonly-foaming (mousseux), and then he is among the best sparkling wines of France. Together, at St. 100000, and more are produced, and it is very well to do, the label on the type of the wine and its producer to be considered very carefully. As the leading producers Marc Bredif, Poniatowski, Huet, Jarry, Chateau Montcontour the in Vouvray"

Vouvray dry (sec), off-dry (tendre), semi-sweet (demi-sec), sweet (moelleux), sparkling (pétillant)

Vouvray can be affected strongly by terroir, or the composition of the soil the grape is grown in. Those from clay soil might tend towards a fruity flavor, while those made on perruches (flinty clay) soil might taste more of minerals. Vouvray is typically drunk young, within 6 months of bottling, around 3 years from when the grapes are picked. However, fine years of Vouvray have been known to last up to 100 years in excellent condition.

"Vouvray, Loire, vineyards and hillsides".
It is best known for its production of white wine, among some of the best rated in France.

Vouvray tends towards a sweet but dry flavor, again, affected by where it is grown. Typical flavors include lemon, fruit, and minerals. Some vouvray wines have flavors of apples and pears. The richer style of Vouvray is called moelleux. Moelleux tends to be a more pure gold color, and has flavors of honey, caramel and prunes.

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Vouvray goes very well with shellfish, lobsters, shrimp, and seafood. It should be drunk at around 47F - i.e. just warmer than fridge temperature. Vouvray is usually drunk within 2 years of its release.