Foreau’s Clos Naudin sits, together with Domaine Huet, at Vouvray’s pinnacle. Huet is small (35 hectares), but Foreau is tiny (11.5 ha), and centered on the single, exceptional site of Le Mont. Part of what makes Vouvray special is that, under the right circumstances, it can produce a complete range of wines, from the super-dry to the outrageously sweet. There’s a perfect expression of the terroir for every occasion. But Foreau only makes the wines that are right for the character of the vintage. Some years, no dry wines; some years, no sweet wines.
What importer Rosenthal Wine Merchant has to say about this wine...
When Foreau issues a “Sec” (and the decision to do so relates entirely to the vintage conditions and the composition of the grapes at harvest), the wine can carry from 1 to 2 grams of residual sugar but never more than 6 grams. Because of the vibrant acidity that accompanies these wines, the sensation one experiences is of drinking a scintillatingly dry wine, although one with considerable body and a honeyed texture. We tend to have several vintages available at all times so that our clients can have the option of enjoying the Vouvray Sec in its youth but also with several years of bottle age.
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The Loire Valley is France’s greatest source of value for anyone looking for elegant, terroir-driven wines. Our collection celebrates the region’s great diversity, with the mineral-driven whites of Muscadet and Sancerre, the beautiful Chenin Blancs and Cabernet Francs from villages like Vouvray and Chinon, and natural wines from everywhere in the region. Sometimes wonderfully fresh and gulpable, sometimes serious and age-worthy, the prices are always very reasonable.
Haven't had a bottle from this recent order, but had another bottle a few months back. It's an austere take on Vouvray, not as approachable as, say, Huet. But the people on CellarTracker who think it's a poor vintage at the tail end of the drinking window are wrong. In my opinion, it's in the early stages of a long *upward* journey. Didn't really open up until 6 hours of air, and was markedly better on day 2. So psyched I was able to get more at the sale price. Gonna sock these away for a decade or two.