Bernard Fouquet, Vouvray Le Marigny Sec 2020
We all have our special little wine moments, where a wine completely captivates your taste buds and leaves you forever in love with a name or a region. For me, my first tasting of a dry Vouvray during my wine diploma course was certainly one of those moments.
For those in the know, dry Vouvray is not only every bit as good as the more famous French whites of, say, Sancerre, Meursault or Condrieu but it’s also available at a fraction of the price. Chenin Blanc is the secret; naturally high in zingy acidity, with a wonderful apple character at its heart makes it a hugely food friendly wine.
Bernard Fouquet’s new vintage of his Le Marigny is yet another triumph of winemaking, with a richness and a touch of oak to float the Burgundian wine lovers' tastebuds and enough freshness and vibrancy to lift the smile of a sauvignon devotee.
"If you fancy another non-Chardonnay/non-Sauvignon Blanc, make a beeline for the single vineyard 2016 Bernard Fouquet Le Marigny Vouvray Sec from the Loire. Chenin Blanc is all-too easily overlooked, maybe because the cheap stuff just isnt that good. In the right hands, though, as here, the grape really sings. Crisp, clean and fresh with hints of baked apples, stone fruit and honey, its dry on the finish and thanks to time spent in oak has just the faintest whisper of vanilla." - Jonathan Ray, The Spectator (previous vintage)
"Far more complex - almost Burgundian - is Vouvray Le Marigny Sec Barnard Fouquet 2016. The subtle nose suggests a bouquet of wildflowers and there is a great delicacy, but also power and length on the palate, with just a hint of oak from the barrel fermentation." - Harry Eyres, Country Life (previous vintage)