Vouvray - Chateau Renault 1959 C. Lefevre
1/98. A present sent by a generous French follower of my Wine Site on the Web.
My experience with Vouvray wines is very limited. My experience with nearly
40-years-old white wines is zilch. Not knowing what to expect (I wouldn't have been
surprised if it turned out closer to vinegar than to anything else) we opened the
bottle to accompany Friday dinner for two at home.
The tatty looking label had the words "Annee Exceptionnelle 1959" imprinted in red
in a manner that suggested it was sur-printed at a later date.
COLOR: Deep rich old-gold color. The first glass or two had big amount of tiny
crystal-like elements floating throughout the volume of the wine. They wouldn't
settle at the bottom of the glass and neither float to the surface. Never seen
anything like that.
NOSE: This is wine, not vinegar! Delicate yeasty nose, with something between an
Olorosso sherry and old port. Noticeable flowery tones and those of peaches too. I
can't say I found the nose pleasurable, but it had nothing offensive about it. Very
interesting to say the least.
TASTE: Sweet! Even very sweet, though perhaps not as sweet as a full-fledged
Sauternes or SGN. Rich and mouthfilling on the palate but very clean with good grip
and even refreshing acidity. Brought a nice contrast to the salty stuffed pastries
but didn't go so well with the seafood lasagna.
LENGTH: Not particularly long, but whatever aftertaste it had was pleasant with a
lot of presence.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Very rich and viscous. Resembling a combination of a late harvest
white wine, a medium dark sherry and an old port. 13% alcohol that is hardly felt.
Sun-ripe fruit and reasonable acidity. A strange bird...
OVERALL: Having no reference to judge this wine by, all I can say is I was amazed
that a 39 years-old white wine would have so many qualities. I'd be happy if anyone
could shed any light on this wine, the producer or the vintage.
MARK: 17/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Maybe.
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Jacob "Yak" Shaya.