• Montlouis-sur-Loire

A lesser known appellation but one that should be on your mind if you are looking for good Chenin Blanc.  Montlouis is on the opposite side of the Loire to Vouvray (its better known comrade).  We tasted the wines of Chateau de Pintray at the Salon last week and were impressed.  Unlikely to find them outside of the Loire, a tiny 5,5 hectares produces a range of wine styles from dry to sweet (not dessert style).  They were all well balanced and the acidity completely matched the level of sweetness each time.  Even the sweetest (which had 60g of residual if I remember rightly) would be a great match for something hot and spicey!

Love the labels too.

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Gourmandise 2009 – a moelleux with 60g residual

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Demoiselle 2011 – a demi-sec with 27g residual

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Lissier 2010 – a sec tendre with 8g residual

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Eole et Bacchus – a sec with less than 1g residual

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