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Domaine Pichot Vouvray Sec Coteaux de la Biche, Loire Valley, France 2010 $33
Vouvray is the world benchmark for chenin blanc, a grape that makes bland wine elsewhere. With a palish yellow hue, it has a restrained chalky, poached fruit and honey aroma, with traces of apple in the mouth. The smooth, seamless texture is a highlight of the palate, which is soft and rounded, yet refreshing, with a barely noticeable tickle of sweetness. It is a ‘sec’ or dry style, with about 5 grams per litre of residual sugar. A delicious and adaptable food wine. Screwcap. 12.5 per cent alcohol. 91/100 (Huon’s Wine 360)
Stockists: Five Way Cellars (Sydney); Rathdowne Cellars (Melbourne)
Winery Rating: 91.9
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