This Weekend's Pick

Wine of the Weekend

Raimbault Bel-Air Vouvray Sec 2014

That’s it, enough messing around. We just need to will spring into happening. This week’s wine can help us do just that.  The Raimbault Bel-Air Vouvray Sec, a refreshing white from the Loire valley of France, is perfect for patio sipping and quenching your thirst on a warm, sunny day. Did you hear us Mother Nature… a warm, sunny day!

Tasting Notes: This charming Vouvray is made of 100% Chenin Blanc showing crisp citrus, green apple and chalky mineral notes.

Enjoy With: A refreshing sip on its own, Raimbault Bel-Air Sec can be paired with seafood like oysters, mussels, or fish and chips, as well as dishes with tart cheeses like grilled chicken stuffed with goat cheese and herbs.

Style: A clean, fresh, and mineral white wine.

Terroir/Region: The Loire Valley of France is known for many things, wine included. The Romans first settled many of the cities we know today. The Loire is called ‘The Garden of France’ for the vineyards and orchards that line the riverbanks, and it was in Orleans, not far from the birthplace of this week’s wine, that Joan of Arc defeated the English. Loire wines are all about the diversity made possible by its microclimates.  Whether it’s red, white, dry, sweet, still or sparkling, the Loire can offer something for every wine lover.

Producer: The Raimbault property lies in the heart of the Vouvray region of the Loire Valley in northern France surrounded by prestigious castles displaying the history of the valley. Vincent Raimbault has paid close attention to the region’s winemaking traditions since taking over from his father in 1980, pouring his passion for the classic style of Vouvray into every bottle he makes. His son Julien joined him in 2009, the 5th generation to join the family business and carry on its traditions.

Availability: Raimbault Bel-Air Vouvray Sec 2014 will be available for online ordering and in the Vintages section of your local LCBO on April 14, although some stores may have it on the shelf now!

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Price: $21.95

LCBO#: 205468

Size: 750mL

Alcoholic Content: 12.5% alc./vol.