The D-2010 Scale
Vouvray (Chenin Blanc) by Barton & Guestier (Loire Valley, France)
Appearance (10 points possible): Pale lemon yellow color. Clear. - 10 points
Aroma/Bouquet (20 points possible): Green apple, pear, slight pineapple, vanilla, and caramel. - 16 points
Taste (10 points possible): Semi-sweet, medium-bodied white wine with crisp acidity. Green apple flavor explodes from the glass. Very smooth in mouthfeel. The finish is extremely intense and lingers for a very long time. - 5 points
Balance (5 points possible): There's a lot of features of this wine that really stick out at you, so it's not completely balanced (in my humble opinion). It seems choppy, but is still pleasant. - 3 points
Finish (5 points possible): Very, very intense in flavor. The sweetness seems to linger on your tongue and give you this sweet/sour sensation as you continue drinking it. Definitely need to keep this wine chilled. Fun flavors though, especially as the wine lingers - you get a nice caramel note - and they linger forever. - 5 points
Total Points: 89
Overall Thought: "Johnny Depp" believed that this wine was overly oaked and not integrated properly. I cannot really confirm or deny that. You definitely don't get a very strong oak aroma, but I can see why he thinks that on the palate. Again, for the price, I'm never disappointed in this wine. It's a nice change from the New World, American style. And it's not every day you get to taste Chenin Blanc. It's also a good white wine pick for a hot, summer day.
Food Pairings: We drank this as an aperitif. But it would pair nicely with some Brie (soft) cheese or light desserts.
Splurge Factor (out of 4): 1 - Let's face it - $11 for a quality wine is a good deal. :) And it's an import, so drink up and try something new. :)
Where to buy: I've found this wine everywhere that I move to. Barton & Guestier are pretty well distributed. If you want to check out more about the brand, see their website.