Philippe Foreau - Domaine du Clos Naudin 2011 Vouvray Brut AOC
Item Number: 10662
Sub Region: Loire
Appellation/AVA: Vouvray AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Chenin Blanc
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Winemaking Notes: Although the label does not specify a vintage, this sparkling wine is almost always from a single vintage and is left on the lees for at least 48 months before it is disgorged. Frequently, the Chenin Blanc grapes used to create this sparkling wine are harvested from the younger vines of the domaine and are harvested at an earlier stage of the season so as to preserve a particularly high level of natural acidity. Depending on production levels (once again, as with the other cuvées, not every year is ideal for producing a brut wine), the Vouvray Brut from Foreau can rest on its lees even longer than the minimum of forty-eight months, thus providing even more richness and complexity. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeast and aged in 300-liter old oak barrels, with 5% new oak added each year.
Tasting Notes: Crystalline and pure with aromas of citrus, white flowers, brioche, almond, and minerals. On the palate, the mousse is fine and delicate, with exquisite tension and a lengthy dry finish. This is an excellent wine that outshines many Champagnes for half the price. Pair with scallops in cream sauce, raw oysters, smoked fish, aged goat cheese, sautéed wild mushrooms on toast.
89pts (2010 Vintage) Vinous 12/2014
"A pure bouquet evokes candied citrus fruits, wild spices, pear skin and quinine. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, offering lively orange zest and orchard fruit flavors along with hints of anise and honeysuckle. Finishes on a chalky mineral note, with good focus and length."