The 2006 Lacheteau, Loire Valley, Vouvray, Chenin Blanc 12% [Imported by Plume Ridge Negotiants, Industry, CA] is medium-gold in color; with an elegant, intriguing nose of melon, honeydew, golden apple; with subtle green elements, pineapple, faint tropical fruit, nectarine, pear, honey and candied citrus with creamy undertones. The palate is sweet, off-dry, but clean—with firm acids and great structure/balance, offering candied pear, rich golden apple, nectarine and honey; with balanced almond in finish, distinct nuttiness, after otherwise clean mouth-feel; lingering candied citrus, honey and nectarine.
Trader Joe’s has done it again—this is the second vintage that I’ve purchased (the quality hasn’t faltered). An incredibly unique, balanced, expressive wine was a mere $6. Needless to say, it’s not Joly or Pithon; but it is a great introductory wine to the region and varietal.