I Hope I Age As Beautifully
I was delighted to try this wine at a blind tasting this past week, and feel that it has lived up to the positive comments from years past, and aged very well. We tried two '96 wines made from Chenin Blanc, and the other didn't even come close to the complexity and balance which this one exhibited. Chalk dust and yuzu peel (a mild Japanese citrus fruit) on the nose, Gala apple tossed in melted butter and a hint of brown sugar on the mouth, and a lingering finish with enough acidity to pair wonderfully with a St. Nectaire washed-rind cheese. Discoveries like this are the reason I moved to France last week!
A real favorite
Clean, white wine goes well with almost all cuisines. Favorite host/hostess gift to our friends and family.
Beautiful with blackened grilled scallops
The delicate apple/pear sweetness added a wonderful fruity softness and nice acidity to a dish consisting of blackened scallops with a spicy roasted red pepper sauce over pasta. Delicious!
White velvet, a terrific pour.
This wine is very sweet. It is an excellent wine. Good with fish, seafood, fruit, cheese and bries. However, not good with roasted peppers or salty items.
We thoroughly enjoyed this light and fruity Vouvray. It was a wonderful complement to swordfish dinner. We look forward to tasting the 1996 as well.
Sweet and pleasant
Perfect match for "Coquille St-Jacques" Sweet but not liquoreux, won't work with everything but with any creamy seafood great match.
Excellent choice for sweet seafood
I brought this wine to a dinner party where scallops were part of the main course. Everyone loved the wine and it was a beautiful compliment to dinner. The wine had beautiful tasting notes and was not too sweet.
vouvray pleases many palates
this wine has become the complement of one of my standard "company's coming" dinners - a highly seasoned pork roast. it is light enough to complement the roast yet readily cleanses the palate to allow an appreciation of the wine itself. we started with one bottle, went back for three more and will probably get a case on our next visit.
Firm acidity nicely balanced by honey melon. Floral bouquet.
Classic Poniatowski Vouvray
by John Masino
The 1996 will go down as one of the best vintages ever for this middle Loire property. This wine is perfectly balanced with hints of honeyed melon and pineapple in the nose. Dry and vibrant, it'll develop gracefully (in a well-kept cellar) for years.
Perfect balance of sweetness and acidity
This is one of my favorite Aigle Blancs in years. It's still in a 'primary' stage, all fruit and nerve. Great, versatile food wine.
Two different opinions
sj - Loved it. flavorful white, nice aroma. I rate it a five star
bj - did not like it. too sweet for my taste with a meal of shrimp. I rate it a one star.
Fun and refreshing
This light, fruity wine tastes great thoroughly chilled.
Le Clos Baudoin Vouvray Aigle Blanc 1996
Quite fragant. Very citrusy and floral in taste. The only downside to this wine was its powerful acidity, which I understand to be typical of dry Vouvray. Apart from that, this was a very enjoyable and flavorful wine.
Not a bad wine, but not one of our favorites. It lacked a clear description and seemed overmatched by our simple dish of vegatables and light summer pasta. Would not hurry to try and again.