2016 Domaine Vincent Carême "Le Clos" Vouvray Sec

SKU #1399136 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Organically grown grapes from a single parcel go into this resplendent wine. Touched lightly by wood but much more focused on honey and apple, spice and intense acidity, the wine is ripe, peppery and set to age. Drink from 2022. (RV)  (12/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A plump, ripe style that flirts with an off-dry feel, as ginger, pear, McIntosh apple and quince flavors race through, carried by a note of piecrust. Juicy energy throughout gives this a flattering feel. Drink now through 2026. 350 cases made. (JM)  (11/2018)

K&L Notes

Vincent Carême, together with his wife Tania, founded Domaine Vincent Carême in 1999 in the Vouvray region of the Loire Valley. The 2016 Domaine Vincent Carême “Le Clos” Vouvray Sec is a dry style Vouvray, with crisp, focused acidity, excellent weight and texture on the palate, and lots of potential to age. The Le Clos cuvée is one of Vincent’s top wines and sees 12 months in third-fill barrels prior to bottling. This strengthens the wine’s textural richness on the palate and gives excellent structure. One of the great aspects of Chenin Blanc is its ability to age gracefully, thanks to its naturally high acidity. While the wine does drink beautifully now and displays plenty of fresh orchard fruit, it should develop honeyed aromas and exotic spice notes with a few more years in bottle and would be a treat to pair with roasted game birds. 95 points from the Winedoctor.com: "This cuvée is sourced from Le Clos, which sits on the première côte, directly behind Vincent's domaine. It was bottled in September 2017, and in this vintage it is carrying a rather generous 12 g/l of residual sugar. The aromatic profile is all orange blossom and citrus freshness. This purity comes through on the palate which has a beautiful balance, with a powdered minerality, fresh and tense in style, helped by its vibrant acidity. It is very focused, and full of energy. This is a long and vigorous cuvée, despite that tender residual sugar. Superb." (CK)

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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5