Get to know: Dom. Vigneau-Chevrot, Vouvray Sec Selection
A sublime and elegant Chenin Blanc from Vouvray in France's Loire Valley. This is dry with classic ripe apple fruit. It is soft yet tangy and there’s tension between its weight and density and the crisp, acidic frame that carries it through to a lengthy finish.
Try this with slightly creamy fish dishes.
"There’s nowhere like Vouvray to make Chenin Blanc truly shine in this way. If you love French Chardonnay give this a try. It is wonderful with poached salmon."
The Vigneau-Chevreau family have been making wine since 1875, and the 30-hectare domaine is planted entirely with Chenin Blanc. The late Jean-Michel Vigneau saw the benefits of organic viticulture in the early 90s and by 1999 the Domaine was certified organic. The new generation of the Vigneau family have gone one step further by becoming one of only two estates in Vouvray to be certified Biodynamic. The Vigneau has corridor-like caves cut deep into the hillside above Chançay.
The delicious and forward Vouvray Selection is from the flint and clay soils. It is fermented and matured in stainless steel tank at a cool temperature. A small proportion is matured in barrel to add complexity.