I cycled through Vouvray last summer on my way along the Loire, so I developed an affection for it.
I was surprised to find a bottle in an American supermarket for under $10. That’s a fiver, and it’s travelled thousands of miles. For the money, I didn’t expect much, but picked up a bottle of Barton & Guestier Vouvray 2003, with spaghetti and some scallops for a midweek dinner.
It was a yellow-gold colour with strong legs. It smelled slightly honeyed with a touch of peach blossom.
Off dry with just enough acidity to carry the sugar it had subtle flavours of pear and peach. The flavour faded quite quickly and I suspect the 2003 was reaching the end of its useful life.
This wasn’t a classic Vouvray, but it was a great value wine with a little character.