Quick review of this very good vouvray we just opened yesterday.
Intro: Clos Naudin is one of the better-known estates in Vouvray. Like most wines from Vouvray, this wine is made from the Chenin Blanc grape. Wines from this region tend to be medium-bodied, medium sweetness, high acidity, and tend to display a range of fruit aromas along with a bit of minerality and "herbaceousness."
My Tasting: Unlike most Vouvrays, this Clos Naudin is "Sec", or dry, and has almost no residual sugar. It’s still medium-bodied and at least medium-plus (if not high) acidity. My mouth is still watering right now. The surprising point for me is that I get more stone fruit (apple and pear) on the nose than I would otherwise expect. I also get hints of minerality, a bit of citrus, and a small bit of apricot. Palate is similar to the nose and not disappointing. Length is medium.
Impression: Very good wine. There is a lot of complexity on the nose and palate, and I feel like the acidity, although fairly high, is not overpowering. There is no sugar to balance the acidity, so I think I’d like this wine even more with a food that would balance it out, perhaps something with a fair amount of oil or butter in it, or even a creamy pasta dish (pesto maybe?).
This wine can be found many places for $25-30, so it’s not on the low end of the scale, but for the quality and typicity (of a good, dry Vouvray), I think it’s an excellent value.