Moncontour is a showpiece in Vouvray, a perfect renaissance castle standing proud above the Loire. It makes a range of wines from dry to sweet, as well as sparkling, but this demi-sec, off dry, epitomizes Vouvray's Chenin Blanc. Flavors of almonds and quince jelly appear, but always with a balancing acidity. This is a great apéritif white wine, but as a food partner, try it with blue cheese or fish with rich sauces.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.