Sunday, March 12, 2017

Champalou Vouvray Sec

Champalou Vouvray Sec 2015
Vouvray, Loire Valley, France

On Friday night I made crab cakes for dinner - very pure, little filler, all rich sweet lump crab (my thanks to Oprah's new cookbook for the recipe). So what wine to pair with crab cakes? I wanted something with a clean edge, an undertone of minerals, and a tiny hit iof sweetness to play up the sweetness of the crab. The verdict: Vouvray, of course!

Champalou is a wonderful little producer in the Loire. Family owned and operated for over 30 years, they consistenly produce wines of elegance and balance.

Review: The wine is pale straw in color with enticing aromas of green melon and lemon zest. Like many Vouvray Sec, this one has the tiniest hint of sweetness on the palate, although I hesitate to call it off dry. That bit of sugar, combined with racy acid and restrained alcohol create a round supple texture. The palate is full of ripe honeydew melon, lemon curd, yellow apples, and minerals, all with a lingering finish.

Food Pairing: Absolutely perfect with my crab cakes, from the rich texture, fresh style, and intense flavors. Spot on.

Bottom Line: The Vouvray Sec is a classic, elegant style of Chenin. And at barely over $20 a bottle is house favorite for spring. (But really all year long, too...)

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2015
  • PLACE: Vouvray AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée)
  • GRAPE: Chenin Blanc
  • BOOZE: 12.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink through 2022

Where did I get it? The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills
What's the damage? High Priced

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