La Couronne des Plantagenets Vouvray (2011)


Vouvray is a region in the Loire Valley where the majority grape produced is Chenin Blanc which is used to make everything from sparkling wine to dessert wines, including the region’s namesake Vouvray. Vouvray is made with different levels of sweetness, usually indicated on the label: Sec, Demi-Sec, Moelleux and DouxSec being dry and Doux being the sweetest.

This buttery colored white is delicate and fragrant. It has a rich fruit nose and a sweet, semi-dry (Demi-sec) and surprisingly crisp taste. Apparently it is the acidity which gives the fresh, crisp flavor and it is the acidity which makes it a good pairing for John Legend’s macaroni and cheese.

I took a recommendation from Twitter that this type of wine would pair well with mac n’ cheese – among other comments that such a dish did not call for wine, as if. The creamy pasta brings out the sweetness in the Vouvray and, at times, the alcohol as well which is not always as pleasant. I don’t know if Demi-sec was the particular type of Vouvray the recommender had in mind, but for the most part it works.

There were recommendations abounding for pairing with macaroni and cheese once I put the question out there, so several other pairings to try in future – we’re still working through the leftovers, so plenty more cheesy deliciousness to try them with!

All in all a lovely white which is pleasantly sweet and fruity and even has the acidity to cut through three types of cheese and evaporated milk. It’s also recommended as a good match for buttery salmon. Winner!

Bottoms up!

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