If you are a fan of semi-sweet or off-dry (demi-sec) white wine, or simply want to taste one of the best, the Vouvray Demi-Sec by Château Moncontour should be on top of your list; it is not only of the highest quality but is probably the best value in its category offered at select ABC Fine Wine & Spirits stores.
The vineyards at Moncontour are some of the oldest in Loire Valley; a castle existed there since the fourth century owned by the the Bishop of Tours. The current structure dates back to the Renaissance when Charles VII, king of France, rebuilt the castle during the XV century for his mistress Agnès Sorel.
The current owner, the Feray family, purchased the domain in 1994. With the same passion as their predecessors, they have never stopped revamping the vineyard and improving the cellars to make Moncontour vineyard one of the most beautiful and renowned of the region. Currently Château Moncontour has 130 hectares under vine, mostly in AOC Vouvray, on calcareous and clay soils. The cellars of Château Moncontour have been carved in the rock below the park of the château so that the grapes can be transferred smoothly by gravity into the presses and the barrels and tanks.
The 2014 Château Moncontour Vouvray Demi-Sec exhibits pale yellow gold color with green hues and aromas and flavors of apricot, sweet orange, green apple and acacia flowers; soft and round in the mouth with medium sweetness and nice acidity for perfectly balanced finish. Enjoy as an aperitif, by itself or with light appetizers or for dessert with fresh fruit and fruit tarts.
Atanas Nechkov, Wine & Spirits Supervisor
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