Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Sec, 2014, 750ml
The 2014 Vouvray Sec from Philippe Foreau of Domaine du Clos Naudin lives up to the potential of the vintage. After pulling the cork the wine displays a pale straw hue in the glass, and the aromatics are wonderfully pure, with scents of orange citrus, lemon balm and smoky mineral streaks. It feels very bright and precise, with much promise for the future, but hidden within there are some little hints of exotic fruit ripeness, including mango and honeyed apricot, a reflection of the very benevolent vintage. The palate maintains this very fresh and tense beginning, showing pithy confidence and substantial energy, carrying a polished melange of mirabelle plum, sweet apple and citrus fruits. Following these first impressions it reveals a great textural presence, underpinned by a bright acid freshness, but also a very fine central core of pithy, delightfully bitter Chenin substance. This is hugely impressive, very long in the finish, clearly a wine of some gravitas, with great backbone and presence.