Like Sipping Roasted Marshmallows

By / Food / October 1st, 2012 / 1

I’ve had the 2010 Château Moncontour Demi Sec Vouvray in my cellar for about a year, I guess. Made with Chenin Blanc, it hails from the Loire region in France. Of course, the Loire isn’t exactly on the low end of the wine-making hierarchy. The wine coming out of that part of France has been acclaimed and sought after for centuries. The fact that this particular bottle of Chenin Blanc was going to be good was no surprise.

I pulled out to drink for no particular reason. Neither of us felt much like cooking, so we assembled an array of snackies – frittata, chips and salsa, olives, prosciutto, that kind of thing. The wine paired well with all of it, even the mildly spicy salsa. Again, no great surprise. I did, however, exclaim at one point, that it had to be one of my all time favourite wines. Actually, I believe that I stated that fact several times over the course of the evening. What could possibly elicit such a response?

Roasted Marshmallow. Oh sure, there were a number of other aromas and flavours swirling in the glass. But, the caramelized goodness of marshmallows had me right from the start. I checked online to see if any were still available (I had only purchased one). Luckily, I found a whole lot. I think this wine must be one of the best kept secrets in the industry! See if you can hunt one down yourself; try it, and tell me if that subtle, smokiness doesn’t have you hooked.

2010 Château Moncontour Demi Sec Vouvray, Chenin Blanc, Loire, France $17.95

Appearance – bright and clear, yet very pale with just the slightest hint of straw colour

Bouquet – very nice blend of apple and Bosc pear, with undertones of roasted marshmallow

Flavour – Very well balanced with nuances of quince and apple. This wine is extremely good for the price, and would be great as a stand alone or served with a delicate fish dish or roasted chicken with rosemary.


Rosemary Mantini has always loved words. When she isn't working as the Associate Editor at Tidings Magazine, she's helping others achieve their writing dreams, and sometimes she even relaxes with a good book and a glass of wine.

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