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2016 Philippe Foreau "Domaine du Clos Naudin" Vouvray Sec

SKU #1443890 95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Foreau says they were lucky to have produced a dry wine in 2016 because of frost. Pushing the envelope of dry at 7 grams per liter residual sugar, but balanced by big, thrilling acidity. Expressive and lively, with aromas and flavors of grilled apple and yellow plum, peach, honey and acacia. Notes of smoke flow through to the long, salty finish. There’s a lot of tension here. An absolutely thrilling wine. (JW) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

K&L Notes

96 points from Winedoctor.com: "This is a vintage Philippe Foreau likens to 2002, which means he likes it, because like me Philippe is also a great admirer of that vintage. The alcohol here is 13.5%, and residual sugar 7.8 g/l, the highest ever figure in a sec cuvée from the Foreau family. It has great minerality on the nose still, with peach slices, apricot stone, pear and apple pip. A great style, tense, fresh and cool, carrying bitter citrus fruits, saline elements and white pepper. Wonderful tension and minerality here, in what has to be one of the greatest vintages for the sec cuvée in recent years. Brilliant wine." (09/2019)

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/4/2020 | Send Email
I've long admired the Foreau family wines and their Vouvrays are some the finest produced. Even in the most challenging vintages (think 2003), their wines are exquisite. Their 2016s are remarkably good and some of the finest they've made. This benchmark year brought wines with higher than normal acidity coupled with a thirty percent reduction in yields due to frost. The loss was their gain as the wines are high in concentration and complexity which more than offsets the acidity. This is one of the finest whites in our cellar of late and worth the price.

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