2011 Domaine du Clos Naudin Foreau Vouvray Demi-Sec Loire, France

Domaine du Clos Naudin consists of roughly 28 acres of Chenin blanc. Philippe Foreau is the third generation of the Foreau family to produce Vouvray from this fabled domaine which his grandfather purchased in 1923. The vineyards are located in the northeast corner of Vouvray, with the ages of the vines averaging 45 years.

This 2011 is unique since Foreau does not produce a Demi-Sec every year.  Demi-Secs are only released by the domain based on the levels of ripeness at time of harvest, which can vary from 8-20 grams of residual sugar. This vintage produced wonderful layers of honeyed butterscotch and caramel intertwined with apricot and mango finishing long and strong with hints of almond nuttiness. This would pair well with Chef Greenwald’s Braised Pork Shoulder with Chenin Blanc, Citrus and Bay.

Rating: Excellent (90) | $39 | 13.0% ABV

Philippe Foreau Vouvray Demi-Sec

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