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SommSelect: Philippe Foreau - Domaine du Clos Naudin Sparkling Brut Reserve, Vouvray, Loire Valley, France, 2007 - SommSelect

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Philippe Foreau - Domaine du Clos Naudin Sparkling Brut Reserve, Vouvray, Loire Valley, France, 2007


My home team won the world series last night so I want to celebrate with a truly special wine. In Vouvray, there are but two true and timeless masters of the appellation: Domaine Huet and the estate which produces today’s wine: Philippe Foreau/Dom. du Clos Naudin. These two neighboring revered properties perennially rise above all the rest. Philippe Foreau is a bona fide, world class producer whose dry wines match the depth and complexity of the greatest white Burgundy, and whose sweet wines evolve and improve for arguably as long as any wine on Earth. Still, for me, the estate’s most exciting creation is also their rarest—a single vintage méthode champenoise Vouvray Brut that is released only once or twice per decade. For a third of the price, this majestic wine goes toe-to-toe with the elite wines of Champagne. It is simply one of the most thrilling and inspiring sparkling wines I have ever tasted.


Philippe Foreau’s property, the Domaine du Clos Naudin, is located in the northeast corner of Vouvray. The property is comprised of two single vineyards, "Les Perruches" and "Les Ruettes," with vine age spanning between 20 and 90 years. These parcels are planted entirely to Chenin Blanc. All farming is organic with no chemical or systemic treatments. It is perhaps most important to mention that this is an extremely small property; despite a legendary “best in appellation” reputation that creates near limitless demand for the estate’s wines, the family refuses to increase in size. So, every year they quietly produce between 3,000-5,000 cases of wine—a fraction of which comes into the US where it is eagerly absorbed by the demand of sommeliers and collectors.

In rare vintages, roughly once or maybe twice per decade, the Foreau family bottles a special single vintage cuvée of sparkling wine. This release is culled from the best clusters from the first pass through the vines at the beginning of harvest. Grapes are sorted by hand to insure superlative quality, fermentation occurs in steel tanks, and then the wine is left to age on its lees for an astonishing five years or more in barrel. Keep in mind that five years is an eternity in the context of conventional sparkling wine production, and is an immense drain of resources and deferred profit for the estate. The effort is well worth it though and this particular bottling is one of the undisputed classic sparkling wines of the world.

The 2007 Foreau Brut has a golden yellow color moving to a golden rim with a hint of green reflections. The powerful aromas are honeyed and nutty while balanced with fruits of slightly oxidized yellow apple, white pear, chamomile tea, wet wool, beeswax and oyster shells. The palate is slightly creamy in texture along with notes of yellow apple, hazelnuts and wet flowers along with rich biscuity flavor and serious Chablis-like minerality on the finish. Ideally drink this wine in a bordeaux glass at close to 50F. About 10 minutes after you pour the glass, it begins to speak, so be patient. Drink this wine with anything you could imagine pairing well with Grand Cru Champagne. If you've have never had great fried chicken with richly textured sparkling wine, it is time. This recipe is serious; make sure the wine is not too cold for the pairing to click.
Philippe Foreau’s property, the Domaine du Clos Naudin, is located in the northeast corner of Vouvray. The property is comprised of two single vineyards, "Les Perruches" and "Les Ruettes," with vine age spanning between 20 and 90 years. These parcels are planted entirely to Chenin Blanc. All farming is organic with no chemical or systemic treatments. It is perhaps most important to mention that this is an extremely small property; despite a legendary “best in appellation” reputation that creates near limitless demand for the estate’s wines, the family refuses to increase in size. So, every year they quietly produce between 3,000-5,000 cases of wine—a fraction of which comes into the US where it is eagerly absorbed by the demand of sommeliers and collectors.

In rare vintages, roughly once or maybe twice per decade, the Foreau family bottles a special single vintage cuvée of sparkling wine. This release is culled from the best clusters from the first pass through the vines at the beginning of harvest. Grapes are sorted by hand to insure superlative quality, fermentation occurs in steel tanks, and then the wine is left to age on its lees for an astonishing five years or more in barrel. Keep in mind that five years is an eternity in the context of conventional sparkling wine production, and is an immense drain of resources and deferred profit for the estate. The effort is well worth it though and this particular bottling is one of the undisputed classic sparkling wines of the world.

The 2007 Foreau Brut has a golden yellow color moving to a golden rim with a hint of green reflections. The powerful aromas are honeyed and nutty while balanced with fruits of slightly oxidized yellow apple, white pear, chamomile tea, wet wool, beeswax and oyster shells. The palate is slightly creamy in texture along with notes of yellow apple, hazelnuts and wet flowers along with rich biscuity flavor and serious Chablis-like minerality on the finish. Ideally drink this wine in a bordeaux glass at close to 50F. About 10 minutes after you pour the glass, it begins to speak, so be patient. Drink this wine with anything you could imagine pairing well with Grand Cru Champagne. If you've have never had great fried chicken with richly textured sparkling wine, it is time. This recipe is serious; make sure the wine is not too cold for the pairing to click.





Country France
Region Loire Valley
Sub-Region Vouvray
Varietal Chenin Blanc
Production n/a
Alcohol 13%
Oak Neutral
Soil Clay, Flint, Limestone
Farming Organic
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Country France
Region Loire Valley
Sub-Region Vouvray
Varietal Chenin Blanc
Production n/a
Alcohol 13%
Oak Neutral
Soil Clay, Flint, Limestone
Farming Organic
SommSelect: Philippe Foreau - Domaine du Clos Naudin Sparkling Brut Reserve, Vouvray, Loire Valley, France, 2007 - SommSelect SommSelect: Philippe Foreau - Domaine du Clos Naudin Sparkling Brut Reserve, Vouvray, Loire Valley, France, 2007 - SommSelect

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