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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.

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François Pinon Vouvray Brut Loire France

François Pinon’s main focus is “to keep the typicity of both the appellation and the vintage” in all his wines and with this in mind, he certainly met that goal with this sparkler. This creamy Vouvray Brut is nutty with honey and pear with hints of quince and peach notes; medium-bodied with light effervescence. Grilled […]

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2012 Pierre Breton Vouvray Sec La Dilettante Loire France

The Bretons farm eleven hectares of vines just east of Bourgueil in the village of Restigné focusing on biodynamic practices, which they introduced into their viticulture practices in ’94. The Vineyards consist of varied soils including gravel, limestone, clay, schist, and yellow tuffeau—a marine sedimentary rock which formed the Loire Valley floor 90 million years […]

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2011 Sylvain Gaudron “La Butte du Tréson” Vouvray Sec

For four generations, the Gaudron family has made wine from 67 acres in the Vouvray appellation. All of the vines are of the Chenin variety, also known as Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d’Anjou, with thirty-year old vines on two-thirds of the vineyard. The 2011 produced a light to medium-bodied wine with flavors of […]

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Wine Review: 2010 Domaine Bourillon-Dorleans Sec La Coulée d’Argent Vouvray

Founded in 1921, Domaine Bourillon-Dorléans covers roughly 50 acres of vines in the commune of Rochecorbon, exporting 85% of their wine abroad. The final product shows the care that went into the blending regimen and the quality of grapes sourced.  On the nose, a pretty little dance of pear, green apple and apricot evolve from […]

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Wine Review: 2010 Didier Champalou Vouvray Sec

Situated on the right bank of the Loire, the estate follows sustainable methods with membership in the Terra Vitis, an association that has been around for more than 10 years supporting the philosophy of sustainable viticulture. In 2005, the estate achieved sustainable certification. This Vouvray is an assemblage of many parcels, which spread across the […]

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