Thursday, October 13, 2016

Philippe Foreau Vouvray Sec

Philippe Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Sec 1999
Vouvray, Touraine, France

It's fantastic to walk into a store and find old vintages. Don't get me wrong, I love buying something and then waiting 10, 15, 20 years to drink it, but the instant gratification of purchasing a bottle and pulling the cork just can't be beat!

Now this 17 year old Vouvray may be nearing the end of its drinking window, but it was still a fantastic find. In fact, the wines of the Foreau family on Domaine du Clos Naudin are known for their remarkable age-ability.

Review: This Vouvray is a deep gold color with aromas of dried pineapple and mango, brûléed lemon skin, and candle wax. It's quite dry with fresh acidity and a mellow balanced alcohol. The dried tropical fruit from the nose are present on the palate, on a backdrop of dried straw, citrus, and lanolin. The fruit lingers for a moment, with a waxy finish.

This wine is certainly still beautiful after 17 years (I enjoyed every drop!), but I wish I had been able to taste it when it was in its youth. I can only image the fresh, ripe fruit and lush texture. I guess I need to stock up on the current vintage now!

Food Pairing: Seared scallops topped with preserved lemon gremolata.

Bottom Line: A fascinating and delicious expression of aged Chenin.


Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 1999
  • PLACE: Vouvray AOC  (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée)
  • GRAPE: Chenin Blanc
  • BOOZE: 12.7%
  • CELLAR: Drink now through 2020

Where did I get it? Astor Wines and Spirits
What's the damage? High Price

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