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Domaine Pichot Coteau de la Biche Vouvray Sec 2020 Loire Valley

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Domaine Pichot Coteau de la Biche Vouvray Sec 2020

This wine comes from vines situated just above the family house and winery in the prime south-east facing Vallee de Nouys. Afficionados of dry Vouvray have for centuries considered the Vallee de Nouys to be the best site in the appellation for drier styles of wine with great finesse. The famed vineyard of Clos Baudoin is located further down the valley barely a stones throw away. Vinified in stainless steel with about 10% of this cuvee being aged in older 400 litre barrels. 2020 is an exceptional vintage for Vouvray yielding wines of perfume, finesse and lip-smacking freshness. Aromas of pear candied fruit and spice 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 shows the tension typical of great dry Vouvray.

The Pichot family is one of the oldest in Vouvray with origins as restaurateurs going back to 1739 later followed by the purchase of the superb Coteau de la Biche vineyards in 1770 establishing 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.

“..in 1984 when the young Christophe Pichot, Jean-Claude’s son, acquired 8 hectares in Le Marigny, making him the main exponent of one of the appellation’s most desirable vineyards (even if it is persistently overshadowed by the likes of Clos du Bourg, Clos Baudoin and Le Mont).“ winedoctor.com

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% 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.

This wine comes from vines situated just above the family house and winery in the prime south-east facing Vallee de Nouys. Afficionados of dry Vouvray have for centuries considered the Vallee de Nouys to be the best site in the appellation for drier styles of wine with great finesse. The famed vineyard of Clos Baudoin is located further down the valley barely a stones throw away. Vinified in stainless steel with about 10% of this cuvee being aged in older 400 litre barrels. 2020 is an exceptional vintage for Vouvray yielding wines of perfume, finesse and lip-smacking freshness. Aromas of pear candied fruit and spice 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 shows the tension typical of great dry Vouvray.
”A charming, welcoming, very suave 2020 Vouvray Sec Coteau de la Biche with no edges. This expands in the mouth; there’s good concentration and fine tannic structure that provides a gentle chalky finish. Very satisfying and succulent with a lovely smoky note at the end. The 7g/L of residual sugar keeps things juicy and succulent rather than adding overt sweetness.”
90 points, Vinous Media, March 2021 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.

We feel extremely fortunate to be able to represent the wines of this domaine as the US market will simply buy everything produced and there it will be sold out in the space of a month or 2. Christophe has kindly made more than he normally would of the dry sec wines for us and also more than ever of the sparkling Brut to try to meet our markets demand. The recent additions of the single vineyard wines of the dry Clos Cartaud and off-dry Clos Berger are made in small 200-250 case lots in brand new very small stainless steel tanks especially for the Australian market in recognition of our particular passion for the drier spectrum of Vouvray. As we represented the wines of Clos Baudoin when it was owned by Philippe Poniatowski, Christophe has aimed to make the very best wines that he can in his own very pure and age-worthy style from vineyards located very close by and will only produce these wines in exceptional years when he feels the balance of each wine is perfect. So we apologise in advance for any shortages while we wait for another exceptional vintage to be released of these 2 very special single vineyard wines.

These are wines that should always be bought in multiple case lots as all the wines will provide great pleasure for many years and at every stage of their development. Value for money here is extraordinary. These are simply among the most popular wines that we represent and these are bound to put a smile on the face of beginners right through to the most fussy afficionados. Vouvray is well known for the incredible ageing capacity of its great sweet and demi-sec wines, and even the dry sec can age effortlessly for decades. Christophe was the very first producer of ours to start bottling under stelvin-luxe which ensures that these great wines now can age even longer without having to worry about cork taint or having to replace corks after 20 years.

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Domaine Pichot Coteau de la Biche Vouvray Sec 2020

This wine comes from vines situated just above the family house and winery in the prime south-east facing Vallee de Nouys. Afficionados of dry Vouvray have for centuries considered the Vallee de Nouys to be the best site in the appellation for drier styles of wine with great finesse. The famed vineyard of Clos Baudoin is located further down the valley barely a stones throw away. Vinified in stainless steel with about 10% of this cuvee being aged in older 400 litre barrels. 2020 is an exceptional vintage for Vouvray yielding wines of perfume, finesse and lip-smacking freshness. Aromas of pear candied fruit and spice 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 shows the tension typical of great dry Vouvray.

The Pichot family is one of the oldest in Vouvray with origins as restaurateurs going back to 1739 later followed by the purchase of the superb Coteau de la Biche vineyards in 1770 establishing 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.

“..in 1984 when the young Christophe Pichot, Jean-Claude’s son, acquired 8 hectares in Le Marigny, making him the main exponent of one of the appellation’s most desirable vineyards (even if it is persistently overshadowed by the likes of Clos du Bourg, Clos Baudoin and Le Mont).“ winedoctor.com

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% 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.

This wine comes from vines situated just above the family house and winery in the prime south-east facing Vallee de Nouys. Afficionados of dry Vouvray have for centuries considered the Vallee de Nouys to be the best site in the appellation for drier styles of wine with great finesse. The famed vineyard of Clos Baudoin is located further down the valley barely a stones throw away. Vinified in stainless steel with about 10% of this cuvee being aged in older 400 litre barrels. 2020 is an exceptional vintage for Vouvray yielding wines of perfume, finesse and lip-smacking freshness. Aromas of pear candied fruit and spice 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 shows the tension typical of great dry Vouvray.
”A charming, welcoming, very suave 2020 Vouvray Sec Coteau de la Biche with no edges. This expands in the mouth; there’s good concentration and fine tannic structure that provides a gentle chalky finish. Very satisfying and succulent with a lovely smoky note at the end. The 7g/L of residual sugar keeps things juicy and succulent rather than adding overt sweetness.”
90 points, Vinous Media, March 2021 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.

We feel extremely fortunate to be able to represent the wines of this domaine as the US market will simply buy everything produced and there it will be sold out in the space of a month or 2. Christophe has kindly made more than he normally would of the dry sec wines for us and also more than ever of the sparkling Brut to try to meet our markets demand. The recent additions of the single vineyard wines of the dry Clos Cartaud and off-dry Clos Berger are made in small 200-250 case lots in brand new very small stainless steel tanks especially for the Australian market in recognition of our particular passion for the drier spectrum of Vouvray. As we represented the wines of Clos Baudoin when it was owned by Philippe Poniatowski, Christophe has aimed to make the very best wines that he can in his own very pure and age-worthy style from vineyards located very close by and will only produce these wines in exceptional years when he feels the balance of each wine is perfect. So we apologise in advance for any shortages while we wait for another exceptional vintage to be released of these 2 very special single vineyard wines.

These are wines that should always be bought in multiple case lots as all the wines will provide great pleasure for many years and at every stage of their development. Value for money here is extraordinary. These are simply among the most popular wines that we represent and these are bound to put a smile on the face of beginners right through to the most fussy afficionados. Vouvray is well known for the incredible ageing capacity of its great sweet and demi-sec wines, and even the dry sec can age effortlessly for decades. Christophe was the very first producer of ours to start bottling under stelvin-luxe which ensures that these great wines now can age even longer without having to worry about cork taint or having to replace corks after 20 years.

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Brands

Domaine Pichot

Country

France, Vouvray

Price

$20 – $50

Varietal

Chenin Blanc

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