Philippe Foreau is the third generation to farm the venerable Clos Naudin, which his grandfather Armand acquired in 1923. Something of a living legend, Philippe tends to 12 hectares of vineyards in the northeastern sector of Vouvray. His plots of vines, the two main ones being “les Perruches” and “les Ruettes”, are farmed according to organic principles. The grapes are hand harvested meticulously in several “tries”, or passes, harvesting each portion of the vineyard at its optimal ripeness. Ageing of still wines is done in well maintained old wooden 300 liter barrels. The overall house style focuses on crystalline clarity and supreme age-ability.
Foreau never chapitalizes his wines; demi-sec and moelleux cuvées are only made in years when the grapes naturally reach a high degree of ripeness. For moelleux wines some of the grapes will be infected by “noble-rot”. On average they will contain 30 g/l to 50 g/l or residual sugar when bottled. It is very rare for Philippe to release a moelleux réserve, where the amount of residual sugar can exceed a decadent 150 g/l.