Domaine des Aubuisières 2005 "Cuvée de Silex" Vouvray ($15.99)
Transparent straw color. Honeydew melon aromas add hints of pineapple and a homeopathic dose of banana oil. Medium-bodied and dry, flavors follow the nose, bright and juicy with fresh-fruit acidity, pineapple and snappy mixed citrus in a long finish. Fruit somewhat overshadows a touch stony "silex" minerality in the ripe 2005 vintage, but a touch of that lovely Loire minerality is in there. US Importer: Weygandt-Metzler, Unionville, Pa. (Feb 21, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Vouvray is a great pick with fish and seafood, and its gentle sweetness is a virtue in partnership with spicier fare. In short, it's a natural with Cajun and Creole seafood dishes such as my pick, red snapper meunière on a Creole gumbo with rice.



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