In looking at the last 3 notes below, all 3 talk about the acidity, 2 about how the acidity is lessening. This isn't the case in the bottle I just opened and poured to my glass. There is indeed acidity so not sure what's driving the difference in opinion about the acidity but it's one of the intriguing things I find in how the same wine (bottle variation aside) can appear different for tasters. For context, I have this wine chilled and my palate is clear, no food (yet) with this wine. As I said in my summer 2013, this is such a great drink of chenin. This bottle shows a couple of flavor markers that I didn't call out last time so either age is adjusting the wine or may palate is sensing different things today. Pineapple, green banana, lime, a squeeze of honey and still good mineral and acidity. Inside of all this is some sweetness but it's lower register and offset by the other flavors I mention, mainly the lime. It's just frigging hot here in Orange County this weekend and I look forward to having more of this later by a pool and some good conversation and bbq'd salmon. Drink window? No fade here, just pushing right along.
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(François Chidaine Vouvray Le Bouchet) This cuvée is generally sweet, demi-sec or moelleux, and is sourced from 50-year old vines on clay-limestone terroirs. In this vintage it has 19 g/l residual sugar. Very fresh and open in terms of style, with a touch of aniseed and liquorice here, also fennel maybe. It has a lovely style, soft and supple, polished off with oak, although there is a fine substance and depth to it as well. There are polished and golden-honey fruits, giving the wine a very supple style, delicious and rather caressing. Underneath a fine core of acid. Impressive.
(Francois Chidaine Vouvray Bouchet) #1; COLOR-medium golden; NOSE-quite tight; more minerality; a little lemon peel; also some Crème Fraiche; a little almond shell; PALATE-this wine is complex; makes my mouth water; I love the acidity; this is food friendly and makes me want to eat; I love this peachy freshness coming through; beautiful guava and kiwi flavors that are singing on the mid-palate; this is SPECTACULAR wine; very flinty and chalky; GREAT structure; well made; seamless; long finish; juicy; creamy; delicate; powerful; this is SPECTACULAR; this is dry with so much fruit that there's a hint of sweetness; there's a beautiful honey component; it' thick; has great viscosity and mouthfeel; great balance; a nice citrus punch; almost like pineapple juice; this is world class; tastes like a rock wrapped in lemon peels with pineapple juice squeezed on top; Delightful and Delicious; love the minerality; love the fruit; love the tropical flavors and love the mouthfeel; DS-95; GV-93+
(François Chidaine Vouvray Le Bouchet) This cuvée is generally sweet, demi-sec or moelleux, and is sourced from 50-year old vines on clay-limestone terroirs. A fresh and ethereal character on the nose, citrus and cream, and a much firmer style than the two Montlouis demi-secs in this vintage. Notes of stone, lightly sprinkled with flower petals. Firm, beautifully textured, vibrant and tingly. A vigorous wine with wonderful character and great potential.
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