2012 Philippe Foreau "Domaine du Clos Naudin" Vouvray Sec

SKU #1297428 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Assembled from diverse parcels with vines averaging 40 years, the bright, lemon yellow 2012 Vouvray Sec from Philippe Foreau starts somewhat versatile on the nose where refreshing citrus and white pip fruit aromas are intermixed with nutty and mineral flavors in a rather discreet way. The subtle aroma leads to a very elegant, pure, really dry, fresh, medium to full-bodied Chenin with a stunningly salty and long, tension-full finish. The meager purity, freshness and salinity reminds me of Manzanilla and works extremely well as an aperitif or with fish as well as with many spices of the Asian cuisine. (SR)  (10/2014)

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 Bright yellow. Salty aromas of yellow apple, pear skin, citrus zest and pistachio. Juicy on the palate, with herbal flavors of apricot, melon and chalky minerals exhibiting good intensity through the finish. Crisp and balanced, this would be lovely with snails. (JBP)  (12/2014)

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2017 | Send Email
We don't get to sell aged Vouvray very often unless it's sweet and even then it's relatively rare. What we have here from one of Vouvray's most well-regarded producers is an absolutely stunning example of what just a few years in cellar can do to top-notch dry Chenin Blanc. The nose is brimming with stunning white and yellow fruit: white cassis and Mirabel plums. Behind that we start to see some slight nuttiness, not oxidation, but a hazelnut thing that's divine. Finally, some aromatic white flowers, but not gardenias. I hate gardenias. It's not perfumed at all, it's more tropical, with notes of fresh-growth floral vegetation. The texture is rich and balances and totally dry, but the nuttiness remains throughout as those fresh fruits turn slightly stewed. An exceptional value for an exceptional wine.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/21/2017 | Send Email
Everyone talks about Huet being the best and for certain, it sits right at the top when it comes to all things Vouvray. But when you ask producers in the region who they are most excited about - the name Foreau is the first one to roll off most tongues. I recently revisited some of the Foreau wines and while the sweeter styles are sublime, I was continually brought back to the Sec. I like dry Chenin. Actually, I LOVE dry Chenin. I think some of the most exciting mineral driven whites from anywhere in the world are made from this grape. This Sec has just a touch of bottle age which rounds out some of the piercing intensity and lets so much of the limestone, roasted pear and quince flavors shine through. Rich and intense with a laser like focus this wine delivers the goods. It is so versatile you could serve this beauty with roast pork dishes, exotic spiced dishes like curries or maybe some crispy duck confit over a bed of greens and fresh pears. The options are limitless.

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Varietal:

Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.
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France

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Loire

- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.