2008 Philippe Foreau Vouvray Sec

SKU #1065389 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Foreau's 2008 Vouvray Sec is adamantly dry at 2 grams residual sugar, an impression accentuated by bright acidity and a firm sense of mineral underpinnings. The musky, animal, faintly truffly aspect of the vintage is on display here (but Foreau says 2008 is even stronger in acidity for him than was 1996, and in other respects favors comparison with 2001) as well as an almost radish-like sharpness and fresh lime intensity of a positively vibratory finish. Amazingly - even to Foreau in retrospect - this harbors the same 13.6% alcohol as his 2009 sec, but what a difference in personality! It needs a couple of years in the cellar and should be fascinating to follow for at least a dozen.  (8/2010)

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2011 | Send Email
Incredible! Golden straw color. A surprising note of strawberry along with apricot jam and quince marmalade. Lots of minerality and very rich luscious dry palate. absolutely delicious!

Staff Image By: Leah Greenstein | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/23/2011 | Send Email
This elegant Vouvray Sec was so good it made my head spin. Rich and petrol-y on the nose, with scents of bruised apple skin, marmalade and wild strawberries, it was hard to stop smelling and start sipping. Boy was I glad to tilt the glass back, though, the wine was equally musky on the palate, with zesty marmalade flavors and an incredibly dry, precise finish. If I had more money I would buy all of this.

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