August Bonhomme La Forcine Vouvray Demi-Sec Loire Valley 2009
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Great As An Aperitif!!!
Wine Spectator 90 Points
There's an off-dry hint to this, but also cut and purity, with lovely quince, pear and green apple fruit laced with lime zest and ginger hints. The long, mineral-filled finish is mouthwatering. Drink now through 2013.
Vouvray Wine Region
Vouvray is the most famous, the most respected, and probably the most confusing appellation of the Touraine, a wine district in the Loire Valley, western France. Created by decree in December 1936, the title covers white wines from eight parishes around the town of Vouvray, on the northern bank of the Loire river as it flows into the city of Tours.
Since its inception more than sixty years ago, it is rather surprising that Vouvray has managed to remain a single appellation, given the array of styles the name covers. Sweet, dry, still and sparkling are the key types into which Vouvray wines can be roughly divided; the sweetness levels broken down into Sec, Sec-Tendre, Demi-Sec and Moelleux and the sparklings divided into Petillant and Mousseux. To add confusion, only the Petillant and Mousseux statements are efficiently regulated by appellation law, and even then this only states that the two styles of wine must be packaged in recognizably distinct ways. Except for Sec (restricted to wines with less than 8 g/L of residual sugar), the sweetness levels used for Vouvray wines are an unofficial guideline.
Touraine Wine Region
Touraine is the district at the very heart of the Loire Valley wine region in France, both geographically and in terms of production levels. Named after the city of Tours at its center, it follows the course of the river Loire for roughly 60 miles (100km) from Blois and Mesland in the east to Chinon and Bourgueil in the west.
Touraine has its own generic regional appellation (simply called Touraine) which covers the entire district, as well as several titles which are more specific in terms of both location and wine style. These are as different as the dry, fruity reds of Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil and the myriad whites of Vouvray and Montlouis. Trapped in the hinterland between Tours and Orleans, Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny are often grouped in as part of the wider Touraine.