AG Pick: Fleuve Blanc Vouvray 2005

A bottle of wine tells a story.  From the makeup of the soil and the year’s weather to the age of the vines, so much is captured in each glass.  The story is continued by the people who drink the wine, with the flavors and feelings they find in each sip.

The Fleuve Blanc Vouvray 2005 from Jean François Mérieau tells a story about climate and soil.  The cool climate of the Middle Loire Valley, just southwest of Paris, gives this white wine its sharp acidity.  Limestone in the soil adds mineral notes.  So too the name, meaning white river, is sure to evoke images of a peaceful setting.

Fleuve Blanc is 100% Chenin Blanc from the southern part of Vouvray.  Pale golden yellow in color, the wine has citrus and floral aromas.  These develop on the palate, with notes of lemon peel, grapefruit, lime, Granny Smith apple, white flowers and white pepper and a slight hint of white apricot and wildflower honey on the tangy, crisp finish.

Pair the Fleuve Blanc with raw oysters, fish, shellfish, light chicken dishes, salads, spicy Asian and stir-fry dishes and fresh and semi-soft cheeses.

A bottle of the Fleuve Blanc Vouvray 2005 costs $21.

12% alcohol by volume