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.
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
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