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Domaine Pichot on Vouvray Terroir and Chenin Blanc


(posted 2/24/2010)

Wil Bailey meets with Jean-Claude Pichot of Domaine Pichot. Come learn about the intricate terroir of Vouvray and hear first hand why their Chenin Blanc is harvested so late.

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Foreau Brut Vouvray  
Characteristics: This bottling has been here for a while. Like many things we buy, it doesn't sell as fast as it should, but it ages so beautifully we don't rush it out the door. Now its fragrance is so enchantingly rich with nugat and orchids. This aged bottling shows more of the Chenin varietal's soft middle with lemon custard finish; really lovely!
- wine tasting note by LAC, April 27, 2010
Origin: France
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Sparkling
Price: $25.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Foreau Vouvray Demi-Sec 2005 
Characteristics: A gorgeous wine. As much as I love the purity and race of Foreau's sec, it is the naturally sweet wines that showcase the potential of this great vineyard. The 2005 Demi-Sec is only evolving but these early stages are a flirtation that promises greatness. The fragrances are of sweet white flowers with nuances of wheat germ and apple butter. The mouth gushes with perfectly ripe pear mushed with wild honey. Do I like this? Yea!!!
Origin: France
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $296.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Foreau Vouvray Moelleux 2005 
Characteristics: Outrageous. Brandied peaches with French vanilla ice cream and a macaroon. - LAC
Origin: France
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Dessert
Price: $480.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Foreau Vouvray Moelleux Reserve 2005 
Characteristics: Tangerine wafts up carrying with it all the telltale Chenin citrus and high toned honey aromas that register as full despite how fresh and lifted the acidity makes the structure. Even so the texture is calm and softens the palate like a lullaby to one yearning for rest. Moelleux [mwah-LEUH] is just the category of sweetness to either lure the skeptics from their cynical dry preferences or keep them happily despite a sweeter world beyond. Foreau, wherever you are: you have earned a devoted follower! Such wines may be priced out of reach for most us but if one seeks a moving experience from a delectable wine that spins yarns of place and time, the Moelleux Reserve is enough to whisk you off to the treasured plots along the Loire that it once called home; a land yielding wines few are fortunate enough to drink but all are grateful when they have the chance. This is Chenin Blanc nearing the divine. 11.5% alcohol by volume 750 ml
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, December 2010

Honey and lemon with a touch of mushroom – something wild and garden fresh in the nose; palate shows honey and lemon but nothing cloying – quite fresh acid balance. Wow! –DYB
Origin: France
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Dessert
Price: $82.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Pichot Vouvray 2008 
Characteristics: So often honeyed, this is a refreshing alternative truly. With aromas of seashells, citrus and white peach blossom, this shows how low yields bring out the best of Vouvray which is beyond question the best of Touraine. Chenin Blanc as a variety can offer up myriad scents and tastes but Pichot shows its playful, sprightly side. With a clean, bright, polished peach and taut mouthwatering mineral on the palate, it is round in the mouth and charms you with an everlasting aroma of white peach on the polished finish. Is there anything Chenin Blanc can’t do?
-Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, May 2009
Origin: France - Loire
Average Rating: not available
Type: White
Price: $18.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Racauderie Vouvray 2005 
Characteristics: If you ask for Domaine Racauderie in France, you will without doubt be served a glass of Sparkling Vouvray. The bubbles are what pay the bills over there at Racauderie and sparklers are what they are known for. We Americans have not developed the unquenchable thirst for fizz that our European counterparts have, and it’s an odd and fortunate twist of fate then, that the still wine is BETTER than the sparkler! If only they knew! Lucky us that we get this melon, apple, and (bruised?) Asian pear packed Vouvray with a nice, ripe, fullness of texture and some very cool lanolin and wool undertones -which will get the Chenin Blanc geeks out there salivating. -BH
Origin: France - Loire
Average Rating: not available
Type: White
Price: $14.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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