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Philippe Foreau, Vouvray BrutLoire Valley, France 2013 (750mL)

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Philippe Foreau, Vouvray Brut Loire Valley, France 2013 (750mL)

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“Every critic worth their salt agrees Philippe Foreau is one of the new legends of Vouvray Sec (dry) but today we’re looking at what happens when he turns it into a barrel-fermented, long-aged sparkling wine à la Champagne. His 2013 is the best we’ve had; it’s unforgettable.”

Vouvray is one of the world’s top-two terroirs for the noble Chenin Blanc grape and for those wishing to experience the most cellar-worthy and deeply classic expressions. Philippe Foreau will always be at the top of the list for both dry and sparkling Vouvray. He has positioned himself as one of France’s most celebrated and collectible white wine producers. Jancis Robinson calls Foreau one of Vouvray’s “top two names,” Robert Parker has lavished this property with praise for years, Antonio Galloni’s Vinous lauds Foreau every vintage, and Foreau appears in practically every modern New York Times article about Chenin Blanc. In short, everyone who’s anyone seems to agree that Foreau Vouvray is one of the greats. 

There’s no other way to say this: Foreau’s 2013 Brut is pure insanity for the price, containing three-dimensional depth and a profound sense of pedigree that could embarrass a shocking number of $75+ Champagnes. It pours a deep yellow core with silver and green reflections. After allowing the vigorous mousse to settle for 15-20 seconds, give it one or two swirls and prepare yourself for a powerful blast of aromas in the form of dried yellow apple, pineapple core, white pear, chamomile tea, honeysuckle, damp wool, salted lemon peel, beeswax, acacia honey, struck flint, crushed oyster shells, and white rock. The palate is slightly creamy, deeply textured, and fantastically live-wire with high acid and Chablis-like minerality on the finish. This wine is incredible now, but each year you age it, added layers of complexity will emerge, so we recommend stowing away some bottles for another 2-3 years. 

  • CountryFrance
  • RegionLoire Valley
  • Sub-RegionVouvray
  • SoilClay w/ Flint & Limestone
  • FarmingOrganic
  • BlendChenin Blanc
  • Alcohol12.5%
  • Oak300L French Barrels, 5% New
  • Temp.Serve at 45-50° F
  • GlasswareAll-Purpose or Burgundy Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2024+
  • PairingThomas Keller's Buttermilk Fried Chicken

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