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Moelleux Vouvray versatility


(posted 2/23/2010)

Beneath the tuffeau soils of Vouvray, Wil Bailey of Artisan Vineyards discusses the Moelleux category with Jean-Michel Gautier, of Racauderie. What shall it pair with? Gautier explains how Moelleux Vouvray accompanies everything in your meal from start to finish.

Regarding Moelleux, be sure to try that of Foreau -widely regarded as the touchstone of this category.

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Foreau Vouvray Moelleux 2005 
Characteristics: Outrageous. Brandied peaches with French vanilla ice cream and a macaroon. - LAC
Origin: France
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Dessert
Price: $480.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Foreau Vouvray Moelleux Reserve 2005 
Characteristics: Tangerine wafts up carrying with it all the telltale Chenin citrus and high toned honey aromas that register as full despite how fresh and lifted the acidity makes the structure. Even so the texture is calm and softens the palate like a lullaby to one yearning for rest. Moelleux [mwah-LEUH] is just the category of sweetness to either lure the skeptics from their cynical dry preferences or keep them happily despite a sweeter world beyond. Foreau, wherever you are: you have earned a devoted follower! Such wines may be priced out of reach for most us but if one seeks a moving experience from a delectable wine that spins yarns of place and time, the Moelleux Reserve is enough to whisk you off to the treasured plots along the Loire that it once called home; a land yielding wines few are fortunate enough to drink but all are grateful when they have the chance. This is Chenin Blanc nearing the divine. 11.5% alcohol by volume 750 ml
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, December 2010

Honey and lemon with a touch of mushroom – something wild and garden fresh in the nose; palate shows honey and lemon but nothing cloying – quite fresh acid balance. Wow! –DYB
Origin: France
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Dessert
Price: $82.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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