1998 Huet Vouvray Sec Clos du Bourg. One of my favorite producers of Chenin Blanc, Huet wines rarely disappoint. Tonight was no exception. The wine began with a gorgeous golden yellow hue and an enticing citrus bouquet. The viscous palate had terrific depth and finesse and the wine finishes with considerable length. Unfortunately this vintage does not appear to be available in the U.S. market. But fear not as many current vintages are available at around $35 a bottle. Wine-Searcher.
2008 Stephane Cossais Montlouis-sur-Loire Le Volagré. We had this wine last August at one of our group dinners and it was once again and outstanding an example of Chenin Blanc. I mentioned in a previous post that Stephane trained under the legendary Foucault brothers and did not begin making his own wine until 2001, but was not proud of any until 2004. Unfortunately he passed away suddenly, and this vintage was his final and unquestionably his greatest accomplishment. $50. Wine-Searcher.
2011 Catherine & Pierre Breton Nuits d’Ivresse Bourgueil. Wines like this bring a huge smile to my face. They are simply delicious and offer fantastic value. Breton is another of the many under the radar estates in the Borurguiel, an AOC appellation in the Loire Valley region, which produces primarily red wine from Cabernet Franc grapes. Nuits d’Ivresse “Drunken Nights” is the name of a special cuvée of selected old vines from top clay and limestone sites in Bourgueil.
This bottling is crafted from a selection of old vines, vinified and aged without sulphur to preserve its fruity flavors. Tonight’s wine displayed a terrific balance of fruit and tannins and a fruity and focused palate. At $37, it is hard to find better QPR anywhere. Wine-Searcher.