Domaine Pichot Coteau de la Biche Vouvray Sec
Domaine Pichot Coteau de la Biche Vouvray Sec
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Vouvray AOC (Appellation d'Origine controlee), is a French wine region, located in the Touraine district that is almost entirely dedicated to making Chenin Blanc wines. The 'Coteau de la Biche', Vouvray Sec, from Domaine Pichot is a beautiful, dry white wine, made from Chenin Blanc grapes. Aromas of pear, candied fruit and spice along with hints of honey and that distinctive chalkiness that is so typical of great Vouvray. Fine, brilliantly focused flavours with exceptional texture and length this wine shows the tension typical of great dry Vouvray. A versatile food wine, The 'Cote de la Biche' Vouvray pairs well with soufflé, roast chicken, seafood and salads.
Made from Chenin Blanc grapes. 90% of the wine was made in stainless steel tanks and 10% was made in 400 litre wooden vats at temperatures between 16 and 18 degrees Celsius. The wine was aged on fine lees before being bottled.
Drink now or within 4-5 years from release.
The Pichot family is one of the oldest in Vouvray with origins as restaurateurs going back to 1739. The purchase of the superb Coteau de la Biche vineyards in 1770 established them as growers to help supply the restaurant. Their vineyard holdings are mostly located all at the top of the village with the largest holding, which makes up their classic Coteau de la Biche, in the prime Vallee de Nouys which is perfectly sited for making drier styles of wine and faces south-east. The Pichot family also own most of the “premiere coteau” site of Le Marigny located just above the village opposite Clos du Bourg. These are quite simply regarded as being amongst the very best vineyard sites of the appellation. All vineyards are farmed organically with grasses grown between the rows to reduce the uptake of moisture and vigour to the vines. The average age of vines is high with the Clos Cartaud vines around 75 years old. While Vouvray as a whole produces about 40% sparkling wines and 60% still wines at Domaine Pichot, more than 85% are still wines made into sec, demi-sec or moelleux and less than 15% are being made as sparkling wines. The style of the wines here is among the driest of the appellation for each style with sec typically being from 3-7 gms/litre residual and demi-sec from 13-17 gms/litre with moelleux most often around 60 gms/litre. Harvesting is mostly done by hand and yields are kept low at an average 25 hl/ha. One of the first domaines of Vouvray to export to the U.S.A. Domaine Pichot are perhaps better known in export markets than at home in France as Christophe spends most of his time ‘hands-on’ in the vineyards and winery and being such a small producer he is very focused for each step of production. Domaine Pichot are very well known for the brilliant quality of the stunning sweet wines, although their dry and demi-sec wines are also superb. Right across the range these are remarkable wines that will age effortlessly for decades (as vintages back to 1950’s very generously shared from the family cellar have demonstrated) and will also provide great satisfaction from a young age.
About Chenin Blanc
Chenin Blanc is a high acid grape variety that can be made into sparkling, dry or even sweet wines. Depending on how ripe the Chenin Blanc grapes are when they are picked, they can be made into sparkling wines (that need higher acidity) or dry wines that have an abundance of ripe fruit characters from using riper grapes. Younger Chenin Blanc wines usually show aromas and flavours of fresh apples and tropical fruit whereas the older Chenin Blanc wines have a more smoky, richer flavour profile. In addition, Chenin Blanc is used to make some of the best dessert wines in the world, again, the combination of high acidity and ripe fruit provides a wine with depth and structure, at the same time. Chenin Blanc is grown around the world but it does particularly well in Australia (Margaret River and McLaren Vale), The USA (California), Argentina (Mendoza) and South Africa (Paarl, Swartland). Chenin Blanc is South Africa's most widely grown grape. Winemakers in South Africa are making complex and concentrated Chenin Blanc wines from old bush vines, that can be aged for decades. Some of the most impressive Chenin Blanc wines come from the Loire Valley in Central France. Climate and soil make a big difference to Chenin Blanc wines and the Loire Valley has a diverse range of both. The appellation of Savennieres produce full bodied, dry Chenin Blanc wines while The Coteaux du Layon appellation makes incredibly good sweet wines that have an abundance of flavour and acidity. The appellations of Vouvray and Saumur produce still and sparkling Chenin Blanc wines. The appellation of Anjou, also in the Loire Valley is known for dry wines that are often matured in oak.
About Loire Valley
The Loire Valley is a large and diverse wine region, located in western France, along the River Loire. Known for producing white wines with refreshing acidity such as such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc as well as red wines such Cabernet Franc. There are four sub regions in the Loire Valley, they are Nantais, Anjou Saumur, Touraine and Central Vineyards. The Central Vineyards has two France's most prestigious Sauvignon Blanc appellations; Sancerre and Pouilly- Fume. The sub region of Touraine contains the appellation of Vouvray,
Closure: Screw Cap
Wine Body: Medium Bodied
Wine Sweetness: Dry
Non Alcoholic: No
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