I’ve had some lovely Loire valley chenin blancs, and some pretty darn bad ones. This one is smack dab in the middle. The wine is quite yellow in color. On the nose are lots of sweet honey suckle smells. On the mid pallet are some quite sweet flavors. On the finish are some tart tastes to take away some of the sweetness. This is not a bad balance, but a little sweet for my tastes. I prefer a little dryer. The wine very much reminded me of a Spatlese German Riesling. I would give it an 88 or so. I won’t be rushing out to buy a whole lot more of this one …

From the LCBO web site:
CHATEAU DE VALMER VOUVRAY 2008 AC (Jean Battelier) TASTING NOTE: A very true-to-type Chenin Blanc with plenty of fruit balanced by zippy acidity. Pear orange rind table grapes and McIntosh apple fill the nose and palate. This is one off-dry Chenin that will reward 3-6+ years in a cellar. If you are anxious to try it tonight match it to spicy dishes such as vindaloo chicken or green curry shrimp. Or give it a go with soft cheeses such as brie and Camembert. (VINTAGES panel May 2009) 140624 $16.95
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