2009 Philippe Foreau Vouvray Moelleux
Chenin Blanc - 750ML

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2010
Candied grapefruit and lime peel in the nose of Foreau's 2009 Vouvray Moelleux - a wine from largely over-ripe but not botrytized fruit - anticipate a tactile sense of palate attack that he thinks is too often lacking in... Candied grapefruit and lime peel in the nose of Foreau's 2009 Vouvray Moelleux - a wine from largely over-ripe but not botrytized fruit - anticipate a tactile sense of palate attack that he thinks is too often lacking in wines of this vintage. A hint of white raisin woven into the candied citrus rind- and quince preserve-dominated palate here points to a level of ripeness that in Foreau vintages of an earlier era might have signaled a special reserve moelleux. Peppermint white pepper and citrus zest deliver piquant contrast to the candied sweetness in a finish of hugely impressive sustained grip. Foreau thinks this ultimately superior to the corresponding 2008 (just as he agrees that 2008 has the edge in sec and demi-sec) but I am not prepared to go that far. Certainly though it is early days for this 2009 moelleux a wine likely to reveal many additional facets over the next quarter-century. --- David Schildknecht
Color & Type White
Varietal Chenin Blanc
Country France
Region Loire Valley
Sub-region Touraine
Appellation Vouvray
Vintage 2009