The Vouvray PDO encompasses a wide range of wines, including still, sparkling, dry, semi-dry, and sweet varieties. Produced from the chenin varietal, these white wines feature a bright golden color that is characteristic of the designation.
What you need to know
This ancient vineyard was supposedly created when Saint Martin of Tours founded Marmoutier Abbey in the 4th century. Due to its location, the area is influenced by both the ocean and the continental landmass, and the Loire River helps regulate the temperature. The region's well-draining soils warm up quickly, which helps the chenin grapes grow and ripen. The typically sunny fall climate results in overripened grapes and even noble rot. Still, the production of semi-dry, sweet, and dessert wines depends on the sugar levels within the grapes, which in turn is determined by the weather. Only dry wines can be produced regardless of the number of sunny days the vineyard experiences. In other words, the wine's vintage makes all the difference.
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Storing a Vouvray
Dry Vouvray wine can be stored for five years, while sweet wines can be stored for 10 years or more. Top vintages will last several decades. Sparkling wines should be enjoyed within a few years after their release.
Preparing and serving a Vouvray
Sparkling, semi-dry, and sweet wines should be served at 51-53 °F, while dry whites should be served at 46 °F.
Tasting a Vouvray
Serve still wines in a footed wine glass and sparkling varieties in a flute. Semi-dry and sweet wines should be decanted to enjoy the full range of their aromas.
Dry wines from the Vouvray protected destination of origin: Recipes centered on fish or seafood (seafood casserole, monkfish flambé, etc.) or featuring a white sauce or soft-rind cheeses, especially goat cheese from the same region. Semi-dry wines: Fish and white meat in a cream sauce, Swiss cheese, Comté, Salers, etc. Sweet wines: As a pre-dinner drink, poured over desserts made with apples, pears, nougatine, or almonds, or served with blue-veined cheese. Sparkling wine: As a pre-dinner drink for any occasion.