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Sparkling Vouvray


(posted 2/1/2010)

Domaine de la Racauderie in Vouvray, France devotes 80% of its production to sparkling wines because of its increasing popularity. Jean Michel Gautier of Racauderie explains to Wil Bailey about the process used to make their sparkling and how people can best enjoy it.

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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 Brut Vouvray - RD  
Characteristics: Outstanding proof Chenin Blanc wields an exhilarating contribution to the scintillating world of sparkling wine! If mineral tension, fine bubbles, creamy texture, and layered length set Champagne apart from most other bubblies, then the time has come for such great dry sparkling Vouvray as this from Foreau to wile its way into you’re highest esteem. Orchard fruit of apple, quince, and pear balance a chalky mineral core and a nuanced depth of scents ranging from cider to lanolin -ah, as only Vouvray can! Foreau marries its inimitable tuffeau soils with the region’s signature grape in a holy matrimony unique to Foreau; this is absolute bliss.
Wine review by Nicholas D. Livingston, January 2012

Two Foreau Brut non-vintage? Yup, we love this wine. As it ages in our warehouse, temp-controlled as you probably know, it evolves a flattering, highly desirable richness. We want to drink this wine and for you to have access to it as well but wait. When it is just released its as crisp and lively as a champagne blanc de blancs; totally enervating. That is why we age some cases and buy Recently Disgourged “RD” just released wine to sell and drink as well. Who loves you, Baby?
- wine note by LAC, July 2010
Origin: France
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Sparkling
Price: $30.00/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 Demi-Sec 2008 
Characteristics: Foreau 2008 Demi Sec Vouvray
Heavily ripened mango, comfit of peaches and apricots, and a glowing nose of Chenin Blanc, the aromas here are arresting. The palate is all consuming with a pulse of flavors resonating the aromas that lure one to taste in the first place. Words fail. This is exemplary wine but for those new to Demi Sec Vouvray, remember this is Chenin Blanc with a gentle sweetness held high by a firm column of acidity like a curvaceous beauty on the arm of an Olympic athlete.
Wine review by Nicholas D. Livingston, January 2012
Origin: France
Average Rating: 5 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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