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Vouvray Sec "La Dilettante", Catherine et Pierre Breton 2010


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Vibrant, fresh, bone-dry Vouvray that feels delicate and expands on the palate with the richness of the vintage. Sharp, then turning round on the palate with hints of stone fruits, then on the finish there are tropical fruit notes. From 50 year-old Chenin Blanc vines planted on flinty soil. The greatness of the 2010 vintage is apparent. There's serious depth in this otherwise fun, pleasurable, and easy-drinking Vouvray.

"Appley, nutty and precise with lovely freshness. Dry and distinctive; full of character." 92/100 Jamie Goode, Wineanorak

"Catherine Breton is 'the dabbler' behind this alluring Loire Valley label. Her interpretation of chenin blanc is absolutely addictive: honeyed and silky on the palate, with plush notes of apricot, balanced by bright acidity and pinpricks of light effervescence. Although it will complement salty and spicy foods brilliantly (try it with goat cheese), I love this white as an aperitif." Katherine Cole, The Oregonian

"Attention, fellow aperitif fans: don't miss this beauty. Your palate will thank you for your tender love and care. It is just so... peachy. As in peaches. You know how Meursault can hint at peaches? This one is loud and clear about it. The grape is the Pineau de la Loire, and I remember when Rene Loyau told me that he believed the grape to have been the Pinot Chardonnay--brought from Burgundy centuries ago--which then evolved in its own unique fashion in Vouvray's chalk--sort of like the Sangiovese/Niellucciu evolution in Corsica." Kermit Lynch, importer