|Dry, White, Medium Bodied, Citrus Fruit, Nutty, Refreshing, Savoury, Minerality, Food Friendly, Easy Drinking
|Vouvray, Loire Valley
Cher et Tendre Vouvray Sec offers a delicate balance between natural acidity and natural sugar, delivering a crisp, refreshing flavour. A hint of witch hazel and bergamot on the nose leads to fresh hazelnut and quince flavours that tantalise the palate. With a streak of minerality through the finish, it pairs perfectly with creamy chicken dishes, spicy Asian cusines, or a crisp salad.
About the Producer
Like all good stories, that of Boutinot France is both long and a little bit complicated! Boutinot began as a tiny importer in 1980, specialising in French wines. Paul Boutinot himself began by personally selecting the wines from France, back in the UK he would unload the trailer by hand. And deliver the crates of wines to customers himself. But good things grow and by the end of the decade they had become a bigger and better company. A company that not only sought out great wines but made them too. 10 years later, Boutinot France started in January 1990. The first office was in the middle of the vines in Julienas; perfectly located to navigate the Beaujolais and Macon regions on the quest to make beautiful wines..
Today, Boutinot’s French office has relocated to Macon, and has over 20 employees who take care of production across the whole of France, covering fresh whites and rosés from Gascony, mineral wines from Burgundy, and joyful varietal wines from Languedoc among others. There is no single model to source the wines; instead, a combination of sources are used, from large-scale, high-quality co-ops to small, family growers and single domaines, as well as their own vineyards in Cairanne and Saint-Vérand. Drawing on the expertise of their four in-house winemakers and a network of partner growers, they seek to deliver the highest quality-to-price ratio possible for every wine.
Vineyard and Winery
We select this wine from one of two growers with whom we have worked for over 20 years now, whose vines lie on the higher plateaus of the Vouvray appellation. Grapes are harvested during the early daylight hours, before the sun has time to heat up the vines; this is essential in order to keep the bright, fresh character that one looks for in a just off-dry Vouvray. The wine is kept on fine lees in cool cellars that are hollowed into the chalky rock strata, thus optimising both freshness and complexity. We gave this wine the name 'Cher et Tendre' ('precious or 'treasure') as it's a relatively rare and precious style of Vouvray, 'Tendre' because it captures the smooth, round and rich flavours of fully ripe and delicately perfumed Chenin Blanc. A true reflection of Samantha's sourcing and blending at its best.
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