Vouvray Moelleux Clos du Bourg Première Trie 2009
96 points / $69
760 cases made
Loire Valley, France
The nearly 15-acre Clos du Bourg vineyard features a mix of clay, silt and pebbles over limestone subsoils, producing this Loire Valley domaine’s richest expression of Chenin Blanc. If weather permits, as it did in 2009, beneficial Botrytis cinerea (noble rot) dehydrates the late-ripening grapes, whose fresh acidity counterbalances the resulting sweet wine’s concentrated fruit and spice notes. This Première Trie represents Huët winemaker Noël Pinguet’s top selection of hand-harvested grapes.