About this WINE
Domaine du Clos Naudin
The domaine was established by Gaston Huet in 1928. Gaston was a visionary winemaker who saw the potential of the Vouvray region for producing high-quality Chenin Blanc wines. Over the years, he acquired prime vineyard sites in Vouvray and meticulously cared for his vines.
The vineyards are located in the Vouvray appellation within the Loire Valley. Vouvray is known for its unique terroir, characterized by limestone-rich soils and "tuffeau," which imparts distinctive mineral qualities to the wines. The region's cool climate and diverse microclimates contribute to the finesse and complexity of the Chenin Blanc grapes grown here.
Domaine du Clos Naudin primarily produces wines from Chenin Blanc, Vouvray's signature grape variety. They craft various Vouvray wines, including sparkling (Méthode Traditionnelle) and still wines, ranging from dry to sweet. Their wines are known for their ability to age gracefully, and many of their cuvées can develop remarkable complexity and richness over time.
The winemaking philosophy at Domaine du Clos Naudin emphasizes respect for the vineyard's unique terroir and the natural characteristics of the Chenin Blanc grape. They practice sustainable viticulture and minimal intervention in the winery to allow the wines to express the essence of Vouvray's exceptional terroir.
The domaine produces various wines, each offering a different expression of Vouvray's terroir and the Chenin Blanc grape. Their "Sec" (dry) and "Demi-Sec" (off-dry) wines exhibit a beautiful balance of fruit and acidity, while their "Moelleux" and "Doux" wines showcase the honeyed sweetness that Chenin Blanc can achieve in the right conditions.
Based just outside Tours, in the Touraine district of the Loire, the small, 2,000-hectare semi-continental Vouvray appellation covers a range of dry, through off-dry, sweet to sparkling styles. Its Chenin Blanc vineyards, perched above chalky tuffeau cliffs give the wines vibrant acidity and a stony, floral and at times waxy character.
Ideally, under perfect skies, the producers aim for moelleux sweet wines, hand-harvested by trie, often imbued with noble rot and rich with residual sugar.
A less successful season would deliver more demi-sec, sec and, if really tough, sparkling mousseaux. Vinification is principally in large, inert vessels such as stainless-steel, old oak foudres and demi-muids. Malolactic fermentation is avoided.
Chenin Blanc is an important white grape variety planted in the Anjou-Saumur and Touraine regions of the Loire Valley and the most widely planted varietal grape in South Africa.
In the Loire it produces high quality dry wines in Savenniéres, and luscious sweet, dessert wines in Coteaux du Layon, Bonnezeaux and Quarts de Chaume. In Vouvray and Montlouis it can be dry, medium dry, or sweet, and still or sparkling. Whether dry or sweet, the best Loire Chenin Blancs possess marvellously concentrated rich, honeyed fruit together with refreshingly vibrant acidity. It is Chenin Blanc's high acidity that enable the wines to age so well.
In South Africa Chenin Blanc is easier to grow and is prized for its versatility. It is used as a cheap blending option with Chardonnay, Colombard, and Muscat but also bottled unblended. The best producers keep their yields low and produce impressive mouthfilling wines.