Chenin Blanc is one of the most under-rated white grape varieties and the best examples come from the beautiful Loire valley. Here, the top Chenin vines ripen on limestone soils, with rich, intense flavours of ripe green apples, honey and a lingering acidic finish. Chenin is highly adaptable and works very well with different levels of sweetness – this wine is both very dry and full-bodied. - Andy Howard
About the Wine
The talented winemaker Bernard Fouquet is a fortunate man as he has 26 hectares of Chenin Blanc vineyards planted on the best soils in Vouvray (clay/limestone) – Le Marigny, Le Bouchet, Le Plan de Jean and Le Clos de l’Auberdière.
He works with a lutte raisonnée philosophy, practitioners of which like to think of as the thinking man’s answer to organic, using treatments only when necessary.
For sometime now he has been moving the quality of his wines into the region where he can credibly challenge the worlds finest practitioners of white wine but at an absolutely unbeatable price/quality point.
His wine Cuvée de Silex in a fine example of this, exhibiting all the wonderful mineral character as well as the honeyed fruit that is the characteristic of Chenin Blanc.
Works well with
Fresh and smoked fish. Poultry and guinea fowl dishes with creamy sauces. Goats cheese.