My mind doesn't usually wander toward Vouvray in winter; I tend to think of it as a summertime sipper. However, a buddy of mine showed up at dinner recently with a very charming, winter-worthy Vouvray that's also priced just right.
The wine comes from the Sauvion brothers, Jean-Ernest and Yves, and their winery located in the Sevre et Maine vineyards of the Loire, in France. Being Vouvray, it is, of course, made from Chenin Blanc grapes. Chenin Blanc varies from year to year in sweetness, and this particular vintage -- 2010 -- is a nice balance of sweetness and dryness; let's call it "off-dry."
What I like most about Sauvion Vouvray 2010 is that, unlike some Vouvray, it's not cloying. Like I said, it has just the right amount of sweetness to serve as an aperitif, but it's also dry, acidic, and crisp enough to pair with foods. We really enjoyed it with Log Haven's alpine nachos, made with forest mushrooms, raclette and a touch of truffle oil.
The wine has a lot of finesse and subtlety, with hints of pear, green apple, and ginger. I think it would be sensational with scallops in a lemony sauce, or paired with Asian dishes. I'd even bring along a bottle the next time I'm out for sushi.
But, maybe the best reason to try a bottle of Sauvion Vouvray is the price. You won't find a more appealing Vouvray for a mere $12.60.