From his Vouvray winery established in 1919, Mr Foreau follows traditions passed down from his father and grandfather. The story between Clos Naudin and the Foreau family takes its roots when Armand, Mr Foreau’s grandfather, returned from the Great War in 1919 to take over the family’s vineyards. In 1924, they acquired the prized Clos Naudin. The cellar was hand-cut from rock (tuffeau) by Armand in the 1920s and by André in the 1970s. The temperature remains constant at 12◦C with good humidity.
Mr Foreau took over the 12 hectare domain in 1983 when his father, André, retired but has been working with him since 1980. Clos Naudin consists of 100% Chenin Blanc (average of 40 year-old vines) on a mixed soil of flint, limestone and clay. The notion of terroir features very strongly. He sees the flinty soil as giving elegance to the wine, while the limestone and clay soil represents the wine’s backbone. The winemaking process results in a sharp blend of different terroirs. The winemaking techniques can be summed up as: no acidification, no chaptalisation, wild yeasts, harvest by hand, no malolactic fermentation, low yields (35 hl/ha) and organic processes
« Considering that few white wine growers anywhere can boast the track record of Philippe Foreau, his Vouvrays are priced to continue offering wonderful value. … Buy these wines now, before the market for Loire wine at last becomes a meritocracy! …»
“Outstanding” - Robert Parker
« Ils représentent l’excellence du vignoble français. Les meilleurs terroirs exploités par les plus grands vignerons. Déguster leur vin est toujours un moment magique »
Domaine classé 3 Étoiles - Guide des Meilleurs Vins de France – RVF
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