Bernard Fouquet le Petit Clos Vouvray 2015 750ML

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Product Description

If you’ve never had a white wine from France’s Loire Valley, today is the day. Bernard Fouquet is making some of the most serious Vouvray you’ll find. Regarded in France and by the international press as one of the top producers, Bernard captures the mineral tones unique to Vouvray’s soil, with a marvelous balance of explosive fruit and structure. Sourced from 40 year old organic vineyards, entirely hand-harvested, this is a gorgeous expression of Chenin Blanc.

“Very clear and finely aromatic on the nose, displaying perfectly ripe pineapple and yellow-fleshed fruit flavors, along with chalky and finest lemony notes. The wine is full-bodied, pure, intense and juicy, but also well structured and very mineral. This is another impressive, very persistent and finesse-full Chenin from Bernard Fouquet. The finish is compact and enormously salty, revealing great tension, complexity and an enormous aging potential. The chalkiness and tight structure is pretty Burgundian here. A great Chenin Blanc.” The Wine Advocate, 93 Points

Wine maker notes
More from The Wine Advocate’s Stephan Reinhardt on the winemaker: “Bernard Fouquet, formerly recorded under the name Domaine des Aubuisieres, is a top producer in Vouvray and offers some of the most fascinating modern Chenin Blancs that I have tasted for this report. The wines combine purity and finesse with a round and fruity juiciness, which give them a rather round and charming, but also refined character. Sourced from 30 hectares of vines on two main different soil types (clay and limestone; silty clay soils), these dry or medium-dry wines are fermented with natural yeasts in both stainless steel and temperature-controlled oak vats.”

Technical notes
Alcohol: 13.5%
The history of French wine, spans a period of at least 2600 years dating to the founding of Massalia in the 6th century BC by Phocaeans with the possibility that viticulture existed much earlier. The Romans did much to spread viticulture across the land they knew as Gaul, encouraging the planting of vines in areas that would become the well known wine regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne, Languedoc, Loire Valley and the Rhone.

Over the course of its history, the French wine industry would be influenced and driven by the commercial interests of the lucrative English market and Dutch traders. Prior to the French Revolution, the Catholic Church was one of France’s largest vineyard owners-wielding considerable influence in regions such as Champagne and Burgundy where the concept of terroir first took root. Aided by these external and internal influences, the French wine industry has been the pole bearer for the world wine industry for most of its history with many of its wines considered the benchmark for their particular style. The late 20th and early 21st century brought considerable change—earmarked by a changing global market and competition from other European wine regions such as Italy and Spain as well as emerging New World wine producers such as California, Australia and South America.