Vouvray Cuvée de Silex 2021/22, Domaine des Aubuisières
This is pale yellow in colour with a very reserved nose. The palate is dominated by minerals, with citrus and floral aromas to balance out the minerality, with some melon and crimson apple and lemon peel to compliment the minerals. Good acidity too.
The very talented winemaker Bernard Fouquet oversees 26 hectares of Chenin Blanc vineyards, handed down from one generation to the next.
He works with a lutte raisonnee philosophy, using treatments only when necessary. Bernard is a strong proponent of terroir and with these wonderful flinty soils, his Cuvee de Silex exhibits a pure and linear character on the nose, fine and convincing. A great style on the palate, vibrant acidity, lovely fleshy texture, minerally and honeyed, and yet very much in the sec arena in terms of perception of sugar on the palate. This is complete, broad, vigorous and concentrated, with a great and vivacious finish.