2016 Florent Cosme "Utopie" Vouvray Demi-Sec

SKU #1401141 93 points John Gilman

 The 2016 Vouvray 'Utopie' Demi-Sec from Florent Cosme comes from his oldest parcel of vines, which are more than seventy years of age. The wine is raised similarly to the la Motte Sec in four hundred liter, four-to-eight year-old barrels. The wine delivers a fine aromatic constellation of sweet quince, a touch of pineapple, incipient honeycomb, flinty soil tones and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and complex, with great mid-palate depth, bright, zesty acids and excellent length and grip on the complex finish. The old vines here really give this wine an extra element of dimension on the palate, with stellar backend energy! Great juice. 2018-2050+.  (9/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Plump and lush in feel, with a mix of warm apple, dried peach, quince and fig paste flavors inlaid liberally with warm piecrust and ginger notes. The finish lingers with some elegance despite the unctuous feel overall. Drink now through 2026. 150 cases imported. (JM)  (5/2018)

K&L Notes

Florent Cosme grew up in a Vouvray family but sadly did not inherit any of the vines of his grandfather. Slowly building up his own holdings, he has acquired several tiny parcels in the important Premiere Cote portion of Vouvray (regarded as the best growing area, famously occupied by such greats as Clos Naudin and Huet). For his day job, Florent works with Vincent Careme (another great noteworthy producer) as a vineyard manager and on the weekend tends to his own vines. Working in biodynamics, he was recently certified. The Utopie is a classic Demi-Sec made from vines about 70 years old, all grown on clay and silex (flint) soils. He uses all indigenous yeasts and no malolactic frementation to preserve the complexity of the vineyard and freshness of the wines. With its rich apple notes and light tropical profile, this is a perfect wine for savory and spicy foods.

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2019 | Send Email
Chenin Blanc is a capricious grape, depending on how long it is allowed to hang on the vine and unravel its mutable charms. We recently discovered Florent Cosme, a new winemaker in the heart of Vouvray who grew up in the region and is highly attuned to the personality of this versatile grape. His biodynamic-certified wines are all about the purity and integrity of the beautiful fruit, and he achieves remarkable results, as clearly evident in his evocative Utopie Vouvray Demi-Sec, born from 70 year old vines grown on clay-silex soils. Aromas and flavors permeate and inspire, from fleshy pineapple, to white pear, apple, quince and persimmon, and the finish resonates a gentle sweetness held in thrall by fine acidity. A wonderful wine to complement dishes from Thai to Tempura. And to be honest, an incredible value as well.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2019 | Send Email
While the sec from Cosme is one of the best values in the shop right now, his demi-sec is the sort of thing that changes peoples mind. It's almost unfortunate that we have to sell this as demi-sec because so many people will turn their nose up at the idea of drinking something sweet, but this is not any sweeter than some of the big boy chardonnays coming out of California. The nose is massive bouquet of tropical fruit, waxy orchard fruit, subtle exotic spice. The palate is wonderfully textured, coating every last bit of the tongue and not letting go. The acidity waves of any semblance of cloying sweetness with ease leaving incredible balance mineral driven finish. A truly wonderful wine built to develop in the cellar for a decade or enjoy now with a wide array of excellent pairings (Thai, Indian, fried chicken, foie gras, etc.)

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/20/2019 | Send Email
Chenin is an all-star grape that doesn't always get the recognition that it deserves. Some of the best examples come from the region of Vouvray. And, especially in the highly capable hands of someone like producer Florent Cosme, it can reach its full potential. The literal sweet spot for me are the Tendre/Demi-Sec wines of the region. That beautiful layered sweetness (subtle but present), supported by vibrant acidity along with the richness of Chenin Blanc, yields balance and longevity to some of the most underrated wines in the world. Florent's Demi-Sec, the "Utopie," is brimming with flavors of roasted pineapple, passion fruit, quince paste and crushed rocks. It is long and silky on the palate but the acidity in the wine keeps it focused and pure. This sits alongside the likes of Domaine Huet's magnificent line-up which is one of Vouvray's best. But since Florent doesn't have quite the history or recognition, his wines are half the price. Now is definitely the time to visit or revisit Chenin Blanc and the region of Vouvray with one of its most promising producers.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/12/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is exotic, perfumed, wild and full of intrigue. On the palate the wine shows breadth, there is a bit of residual sugar but I don't find it sweet it just gives a broader texture to the feel. The flavors are multiple types of spiced apples, full of baking spices, caramelized and extraordinarily aromatic. There is a long finish and I mean long, it does show a bit of residual sugar but paired with the right cheese or dish, this wine is dynamite!

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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.