No explorer in search of El Dorado ever experienced the thrill we did on discovering this property. Jaded over the years by a succession of uninteresting Vouvrays, we called “Eureka” on tasting this beautiful line-up. Vincent Raimbault is a disarmingly quiet and modest man, but his wines bespeak exceptional seriousness. Their hallmark is beauty and purity of fruit, and faith in tradition. The enthusiasm with which they have been embraced by our customers shows that our excitement was well placed. Dare we mention that Schildknecht likes them, too?
As always, the aroma is textbook to the point of caricature. One simply cannot imagine a wine that smells more like Vouvray than this one. Where it differs from recent vintages is that it is truly “Sec” and not “Sec Tendre”. Sporting just 11.5% alcohol, and endowed with an unusual acid backbone for the modern era, this is a strict schoolmaster of a Vouvray, for those who enjoy discipline and clarity. It should age brilliantly if given the chance.
Chenins like this, with their subtle balance of sweetness and acidity, are really the only wines in the world that give German Riesling a run for its money. A more surely useful and delicious French wine is hard to imagine.
Inevitably, the power of the vintage asserts itself, but like all Raimbault wines this does not lose sight of its origins. A more luscious wine than the sterner 2013 below, but it is honest and true.
Fruitier and slightly less dry than Fouet’s Crémant, this offers a fascinating perspective on sparkling Chenin grown in the Loire’s different tufa soils.