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.
Still fresh, young and vibrant. The 96 is fruit forward, melons, stonefruits, lime and exotic citrus, floral and just hints of spice and earthy/minerals. The palate is luscious with some pretty serious acidity underneath. The texture of this wine is very pleasing. This is but a baby and will age for a fair while yet (check out the 69!). I’ll say it again of Vouvray and Marc Bredif, these are ridiculously great value.
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.