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2009 Champalou - Vouvray Chenin Blanc - France - Loire Valley - Touraine - Vouvray - White

France - Loire Valley - Touraine - Vouvray

White Chenin Blanc
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Author jphen55
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Tasted On 09/25/2011

Color: Rich yellow, not quite a gold, still very transparent Nose: Citrus and tropical fruits: maybe some lemon, and pineapple., definitely not grapefruit. Subtle herbaceous notes. There might be a little vanilla in there, I wonder if it was aged in oak at any point. Taste: Very smooth, and a good balance of flavors. Wonderful lingering finish of some softer fruits and mild acidity. Dry, but without an overly intense bite to it. Definitely still has the lemon notes to it, but balanced out with a bit of vanilla, which creates a very smooth and mild wine. Overall Impression: I would give it an 8/10. Though very balanced, didn't quite live up to its price. I'm interested to see how it opens up (currently writing after my first few sips). Definitely enjoyable and I think a good representation of a French Chenin Blanc, but I would probably try another producer next time I'm looking for a wine in this category, though I would suggest this to someone looking for a reasonable, dry Vouvray.

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