Vouvray Sec, Cuvee du Pere Lucien, Sylvain Gaudron, 2009

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Vouvray Sec, Cuvee du Pere Lucien, Sylvain Gaudron, 2009

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I know what you're thinking, 'Vouvray, that's that cheap and cheerless stuff we get from the hypermarche when holidaying in the Loire'!

How wrong can you be? And in the case of this superb Chenin Blanc from Gilles Gaudron, very wrong indeed.

Gilles is a fourth generation winemaker from a family who began making wines in Vernou in the 1890's. This 27 hectare estate makes sweet, sparkling and bone dry Vouvray such as this little gem.

Full bodied and complex, showing marked secondary ferment character, rich lanolin and creamy notes from extended time on lees together with several months in oak, 1km under the rock, in cellars dating back to the 13th century.

This terroir driven, utterly distinctive wine shows a racily, green and chalky character on the finish, nicely balancing out the rich, honeyed fruit. 

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