Domaine Pichot The Pichot family is one of the oldest in Vouvray with origins as viticulturists and restaurateurs going back to 1739. Their vineyard holdings are located mostly in the prime sites of Le Mont and Haut Lieu at the top of the village, with several other holdings scattered throughout the appellation. Domaine Pichot is an amalgamation of the properties of the father ‘Coteau de la Biche’ and the son ‘Peu de la Moriette’. The Pichot’s are well known for brilliant quality wines that are also remarkably good value. Exceptional balance, great intensity and screwcaps will see these wines age for a very long time.
The Pichot wines are more fruit forward and appealing in their youth. They still have all that classic Chenin acidity and under screw cap they will stay fresh and vibrant for many, many years. Pichot does great work with off dry and sweet wines. But don’t let this fool you, the Moelleux is a balanced wine with great structure underneath and a very complex wine. Like the rest of the range this wine will last a long time.
Moelleux meaning sweet in this context. Mostly this doesn’t mean Sauternes like sweetness and generally it means there is searing acidity underneath so the wine is clean and refreshing.
The ‘tuffeau’ chalk covered with clay soils and areas of flint and sand soils of Vouvray are where some of the world’s best Chenin Blanc takes root. The mineral, flinty core gives way to lovely pear, honeysuckle and lime zest notes. The best Vouvray wines are some of the best wines in the world.
Chenin Blanc may not be the most popular or the most famous wine grape, but the good examples are seriously good! Lovely, fleshy/flowery apples and pears, a nice mineral – flinty streak, lemon zest and a touch of dough. I have always described good Chenin as feeling pillowy and I stand by that. Round and fluffy mouth feel but the zesty acid kicks it into shape.