Vouvray – 2008 Philippe Foreau, Clos Naudin (Sec)

by on April 23, 2012

Quick review of this very good vouvray we just opened yesterday. 

Photo Apr 22, 10 35 10 PMIntro: Clos Naudin is one of the better-known estates in Vouvray.  Like most wines from Vouvray, this wine is made from the Chenin Blanc grape.  Wines from this region tend to be medium-bodied, medium sweetness, high acidity, and tend to display a range of fruit aromas along with a bit of minerality and "herbaceousness." 

My Tasting:  Unlike most Vouvrays, this Clos Naudin is "Sec", or dry, and has almost no residual sugar.  It’s still medium-bodied and at least medium-plus (if not high) acidity.  My mouth is still watering right now.  The surprising point for me is that I get more stone fruit (apple and pear) on the nose than I would otherwise expect.  I also get hints of minerality, a bit of citrus, and a small bit of apricot.  Palate is similar to the nose and not disappointing.  Length is medium.

Impression:  Very good wine.  There is a lot of complexity on the nose and palate, and I feel like the acidity, although fairly high, is not overpowering.  There is no sugar to balance the acidity, so I think I’d like this wine even more with a food that would balance it out, perhaps something with a fair amount of oil or butter in it, or even a creamy pasta dish (pesto maybe?).

This wine can be found many places for $25-30, so it’s not on the low end of the scale, but for the quality and typicity (of a good, dry Vouvray), I think it’s an excellent value.

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