2012 Roc De Châteauvieux Vouvray
France: Loire Valley
Today’s Pierre Chainier 2012 Roc De Châteauvieux Vouvray is a delightful French white from one of the Loire Valley’s preeminent producers.
Today’s wine is crafted from 100% Chenin Blanc, a limited-production varietal which tends to be a bit pricey. Not today! This wallet-friendly treat, which Wine Spectator declares is one of the Top Values to be found in the wine world, can be yours for less than $20.
On the sweeter side for a French Chenin, this wine also presents a beautiful note of acidity, which in combination with the sweetness makes it an ideal match for a rich summer salad or spicy Asian dish. Just be sure to stock up on enough for both!
Beautiful iridescent pale gold throughout.
Beautiful aromatics of fresh honeydew melon, nectarine, and white peach are framed by touches of sweet dried herbs, white tea, roasted almonds, and lemon zest.
Very well balanced between sweet fruit, citrus and minerals. Flower blossoms, Meyer lemon, quince, earthy minerality, white peppercorn, and a bit of sweet candied honey.
Who knew Chenin could be like this? Today’s wine features an impeccable balance of sweet fruit and bright acidity on the finish. A very approachable and self-assured white wine.
A spinach salad, dressed with pear, brie, and walnuts. A spicy Thai dish would also work beautifully.
What the Winery Says
- Francois Chainier
- Top Value - Wine Spectator
- Vouvray AOC, Loire, France
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Chenin Blanc