The Domaine of Marc Bredif is one of the most famous names in the Loire, renowned for the longevity and quality of his Vouvray. Established in 1893 the ethereal Chenin Blanc from Bredif remains a regional benchmark. The house style is very traditional, focussing on firm acid and pure mineral and fruit expression. These are definitely wines for the long term.
The 1989 offers a range of sweet fruit based aromas, stewed pears, grapes, cumquat, melons and more. There is a strong flinty streak and some toast, lime and honeysuckle notes too. The palate is fleshy but very dry and crisp. This is just glorious to drink and I cannot recommend it highly enough. 1989 is often compared with the legendary 1947 vintage in Vouvray. If you can find a bottle of 47 someone is willing to part with you can almost guarantee it is a stunning wine. My advice is buy this wine. It is dirt cheap and one of the most amazing wines for cellaring in the world.
The ‘tuffeau’ chalk covered with clay soils and areas of flint and sand soils of Vouvray are where some of the world’s best Chenin Blanc takes root. The mineral, flinty core gives way to lovely pear, honeysuckle and lime zest notes. The best Vouvray wines are some of the best wines in the world.
Chenin Blanc may not be the most popular or the most famous wine grape, but the good examples are seriously good! Lovely, fleshy/flowery apples and pears, a nice mineral – flinty streak, lemon zest and a touch of dough. I have always described good Chenin as feeling pillowy and I stand by that. Round and fluffy mouth feel but the zesty acid kicks it into shape.