Last February I reviewed one of my favorite wines in the under $20 price range: Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray. It was from the 2007 vintage and I found the “wine’s richness, purity, and delicious…hard to resist.” I am currently in the process of selecting wine for a 500-person event at my “day job” and the 2010 vintage of this wine is a contender for the white to be served with dinner. Why a contender, rather than an obvious choice? Because, to my surprise, some of my fellow tasters/colleagues were not quite as taken with it as I continue to be.
The fruit in the 2010 is incredible, with fresh green apple, Bosc pear, quince, and lime, along with some of that wooliness, for which Chenin Blanc is known, are intense on the nose and palate. It is racy with a zesty acidity that makes my taste buds take notice. As with the 2007 there is a lot of minerality. But the ripeness and honey notes are not here, and it feels quite young. To my surprise, the colleagues who tasted with me were almost puzzled by this wine. They lacked the words to describe what they were tasting, but “funky” came up a couple of times and some thought it was like tasting a cellar.
I love the possibility of serving a biodynamic or organic wine like this one and introducing our guests to a wine that they likely would not encounter otherwise, but my colleagues’ reactions make me cautious about selecting the Vigneau-Chevreau. Luckily, I still have a couple of weeks to make a decision. If you can suggest a crowd-pleasing, but interesting wine that retails for $18 or less, please do leave a comment. I’m open to suggestions!
At Atlas Liquors for $19.99.