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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Pierre Chanau Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Blanc 2010 - Auchan


I bought this Pacherenc du Vic Bilh dessert wine at the Auchan hypermarket in Calais on the way back from a holiday in the south of France earlier this year, paying just a few euros for it.

It is produced by Pierre Chanau which seems to supply a good part of Auchan's wine list from all over France (Olivier Legrand of InterRhone informs me that Pierre Chanau is actually Auchan's own label - "Chanau" being an anagram of "Auchan").

Golden in the glass, it has a nose of roasted peaches, honeysuckle and beeswax with hints of botrytis.

More marmaladey roasted buttery peach on the palate, the juicy sweetness cut through with lovely fresh acidity.

Nicely balanced, the only criticism is that it is slightly lacking in complexity and length - the sugars feel a little simple. This, however, is by comparison to the much more expensive dessert wines of somewhere like Austria and, for the price, this is more than adequate.

Match with fruit-based puddings or cheeses.

€7.50 from Auchan.

Lyndsey Chadwick, @Lnc13, recommends this dry Pacherenc du Vic Bilh.

Other related articles
Wine-Buying in France: Calais
Wines From South West France With Anthony Rose
Sainsbury's Taste The Difference Sauternes
Domäne Wachau Beerenauslese Terrassen 2008

Links

Auchan - http://www.auchan.fr/accueil

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