Domaine Pichot Vouvray Domaine le Peu de la Moriette 2016
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Jean-Claude Pichot's family is one of the oldest in Vouvray, with origins as viticulturists and restaurateurs dating back to 1739. The family cellars are located in the charming village of Vouvray, in caverns hewn from the rolling hills which were once quarried to provide stone to construct the grand châteaux of the Loire. In fact, the Pichot home is itself part house and part cavern, with a dramatic hearth carved from the rock. Jean-Claude is one of six sons, but the only one to continue the family tradition of vigneron.
Domaine le Peu de la Moriette has expanded over the years from 30 to nearly 52 acres of hillside vineyard, cultivated without chemical pesticides. Planted entirely with Chenin Blanc, the vines vary in age from 20-60 years. These steep and chalky vineyards have astonishingly low yields. The grapes are hand-harvested and carefully sorted. Fermentation progresses slowly in the naturally cool environment of the caves in 450-liter oak barrels. New wood is never used. The wine is aged in oak for six months prior to light filtration and bottling, which occurs in March and April.
Wine SpectatorJuicy and friendly in feel, with forward lime, meringue, quince and pear flavors laced by a light ginger hint. Slightly rounded edges show on the finish, but with enough buried acidity to stay lively. Drink now through 2022. 7,200 cases made.