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Vouvray Tendre (France)

Vouvray Tendre is an off-dry white wine from Vouvray in the Loire Valley.

The AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) uses almost exclusively Chenin Blanc grapes.

Typical Flavors


Ripe Apple
Ripe Apple
Ripe Pear
Ripe Pear
Peach
Peach
Mandarin
Mandarin

Melon
Melon
Passion
Passion
Honey
Honey
Jamine
Jasmine

Ripe Fruit, Peach, Mandarin, Melon, and Passion Fruit are typical Vouvray Tendre flavors, with Honey and Floral notes (Jasmine), and sometimes some sugar like Marzipan.

Profile

Vouvray Tendre is a mildly acidic, white wine, much like Gewürztraminer.

SUGAROff - Dry
BODYMedium - High
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - Low
Serving temperature:
6-8°C (43-46°F)

Food Pairing


Aperitif
Aperitif
Ham
Ham
Pasta
Pasta
Rice
Rice

Creamy Fish
Creamy Fish
Sushi
Sushi
Chicken
Chicken
Chili
Chili

Vouvray Tendre matches spicy food as well as sweet and sour food.

It is especially great to pair with Curry Dishes.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Spicy Food. Indian. Thai.
Chicken Curry.
Chinese. Vietnamese. Chinese Sweet and Sour.
Creamy Fish.
Sweet Meat.
Honey Glazed Ham.
Apples. Foie Gras.
Apple-based Desserts.

Cheese:
Camembert.

French Spesialities:
Foie Gras and Chicken Liver with Apple Chutney.

Chenin Blanc Styles

Chenin Blanc is a terroir-reflective grape with a rather neutral flavor profile.

Soil (terroir), climate, old vines, and winemaking technices can be much reflected in the wine.

In France, Chenin Blanc produces wines with high acidity, and flavors of Apple and Pear. In warmer climates, Chenin Blanc produces more tropical aromas like Guava and Pinapple.

The high acidity allows Chenin Blanc to produce a variety of wine types.

In Loire, early harvested grapes are used to create the sparkling Crémant de Loire.

Late-harvested Chenin Blanc, infected with noble rot, is used to produce dessert wines with well balanced aromas of Peach, Honey, and Marzipan.

Chenin Blanc in France

The Vouvray Region

Chenin Blanc is the dominant white grape in the Vouvray region in the Loire Valley. The region has its own terms to describe Chenin Blanc:

Methode Traditionelle – Sparkling Chenin Blanc.

Sec – Dry Chenin Blanc.

Tendre – Off-dry Chenin Blanc (perhaps the most popular style in France).

Moelleux – Sweet Chenin Blanc (dessert wine style).

The Anjou Region

Anjou is best known for sparkling Chenin Blanc (Anjou Mousseaux and Crémant de la Loire).

Côteaux du Layon

Sweet Chenin Blanc from Côteaux du Layon, made with noble rot, are amazing, and world famous (Quarts de Chaume and Bonnezeaux).

The Montlouis Region

The Montlouis region produces high quality Vouvray style dry Chenin Blanc.


Chenin Blanc in Europe

France

Loire is the French wine region most closely associated with Chenin Blanc.

Chenin Blanc in the New World

South Africa

South Africa accounts for about 50% of the plantings of Chenin Blanc.

Chenin Blanc is also commonly found in USA, Australia, and New Zealand.


The Ideal Glass

A Tulip Shaped glass is the best choice for dry white wines.

It guides the wine to the center of your mouth, avoiding the sides, where acidity is less pleasant.

A smaller bowl also helps to serve smaller quantities, and keep the wine cold.

Remember to hold the glass by the stem!

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