The Pichot family is one of the oldest in Vouvray with origins as restaurateurs going back to 1739 later followed by the purchase of the superb Coteau de la Biche vineyards in 1770 establishing them as growers to help supply the restaurant. Their vineyard holdings are mostly located all at the top of the village with the largest holding which makes up their classic Coteau de la Biche in the prime Vallee de Nouys which is perfectly sited for making drier styles of wine and faces south-east. The Pichot family also own most of the “premiere coteau” site of Le Marigny located just above the village opposite Clos du Bourg. These are quite simply regarded as being amongst the very best vineyard sites of the appellation.
All vineyards are farmed organically with grasses grown between the rows to reduce the uptake of moisture and vigour to the vines. The average age of vines is high with the Clos Cartaud vines around 75 years old. While Vouvray as a whole produces about 40% sparkling wines and 60% still wines at Domaine Pichot more than 85% are still wines made into sec, demi-sec or moelleux and less than 15% being made as sparkling wines. The style of the wines here is among the driest of the appellation for each style with sec typically being from 3-7 gms/litre residual and demi-sec from 13-17 gms/litre with moelleux most often around 60 gms/litre. Harvesting is mostly done by hand and yields are kept low at an average 25 hl/ha.
One of the first domaines of Vouvray to export to the U.S.A. Domaine Pichot are perhaps better known in export markets than at home in France as Christophe spends most of his time ‘hands-on’ in the vineyards and winery and being such a small producer he is very focused for each step of production. Domaine Pichot are very well known for the brilliant quality of the stunning sweet wines, although their dry and demi-sec wines are also superb. Right across the range these are remarkable wines that will age effortlessly for decades (as vintages back to 1950’s very generously shared from the family cellar have demonstrated) and will also provide great satisfaction from a young age.
We feel extremely fortunate to be able to represent the wines of this domaine as the US market will simply buy everything produced and there it will be sold out in the space of a month or 2. Christophe has kindly made more than he normally would of the dry sec wines for us and also more than ever of the sparkling Brut to try to meet our markets demand. The recent additions of the single vineyard wines of the dry Clos Cartaud and off-dry Clos Berger are made in small 200-250 case lots in brand new very small stainless steel tanks especially for the Australian market in recognition of our particular passion for the drier spectrum of Vouvray. As we represented the wines of Clos Baudoin when it was owned by Philippe Poniatowski, Christophe has aimed to make the very best wines that he can in his own very pure and age-worthy style from vineyards located very close by and will only produce these wines in exceptional years when he feels the balance of each wine is perfect. So we apologise in advance for any shortages while we wait for another exceptional vintage to be released of these 2 very special single vineyard wines.
These are wines that should always be bought in multiple case lots as all the wines will provide great pleasure for many years and at every stage of their development. Value for money here is extraordinary. These are simply among the most popular wines that we represent and these are bound to put a smile on the face of beginners right through to the most fussy afficionados. Vouvray is well known for the incredible ageing capacity of its great sweet and demi-sec wines, and even the dry sec can age effortlessly for decades. Christophe was the very first producer of ours to start bottling under stelvin-luxe which ensures that these great wines now can age even longer without having to worry about cork taint or having to replace corks after 20 years.
2016 Vouvray Brut (sparkling)
Comes primarily from vines located further behind the village from vineyards more suitable for sparkling wine. This cuvee is made as a méthode traditionnelle brut without addition of liqueur at disgorgement as there is already some sugar in the wine before ageing on lees. A very fresh and richly complex sparkling Vouvray aged on its lees up to 3 years until disgorgement with each order being prepared and freshly disgorged for us sur commande. Very lively bubbles with ripe intense Chenin flavours, very fresh and quite full bodied. Drinks very well as an aperitif and also throughout the meal with many richer courses being suitable.
2017 Vouvray sec “Coteau de la Biche” (stelvin-luxe seal)
This wine comes from vines situated just above the family house and winery in the prime south-east facing Vallee de Nouys. Afficionados of dry Vouvray have for centuries considered the Vallee de Nouys to be the best site in the appellation for drier styles of wine with great finesse. The famed vineyard of Clos Baudoin is located further down the valley barely a stones throw away. Vinified in stainless steel with about 10% of this cuvee being aged in older 400 litre barrels. 2017 is a classic vintage for dry Vouvray yielding wines of perfume, finesse and lip-smacking freshness. Aromas of pear candied fruit and spice with hints of honey and that distinctive chalkiness that is so typical of great Vouvray. Fine, brilliantly focused flavours with exceptional texture and length this shows the tension typical of great dry Vouvray.
2016 Vouvray sec "Clos Cartaud" (stelvin-luxe seal)
Made from 75 year old vines located above the village very close to Clos Baudoin in the Vallee de Nouys where the Pichot family and winery are located. Shows exceptional intensity and old vine depth and wonderful texture and richness balanced by 3 gms residual sugar with refreshing balanced acidity. Stunning. Only made in the very best years when Christophe feels the balance is perfect. This is a tiny cuvee of just 3000 bottles maximum made just for the Australian market and vinified and aged in a brand new stainless steel vat.
2016 Vouvray demi-sec “Clos Berger” (stelvin-luxe seal)
Made from old vines located above the village very close to the premiere coteau vineyard of Le Marigny. Just 13 gms/litre of residual sugar. Beautifully intense and fine with great length. Demi-sec Vouvray is, after sparkling Vouvray, the most popular wine of the appellation and perhaps the most typical showing chenin blanc at it most perfumed and expressive with just delicate sweetness balancing the lively acidity and giving great length and also ageing capacity to the wines. Demi-sec wines tasted at the domaine going back into the 1950’s are simply a revelation and among the great wines we will taste any year. The wine is so versatile with so many foods and also so delicious as a lip smacking aperitif there really is no excuse for this wine not being the door of every fridge - the only limitation being that just 2400 bottles were produced in 2016..!!
2016 Vouvray moelleux “Le Marigny” (stelvin-luxe seal)
From the superb premiere coteau vineyard site located just above the village to the west of Clos du Bourg. A gently sweet moelleux with residual sugar around 70 grams per litre making this a wine that will match with so many desserts rather than competing with them for sweetness. Also goes superbly with many rich cheeses having sufficient acidity. Drinking well now and will age effortlessly.
2011 Vouvray tries de grains nobles “Les Larmes de Bacchus”
Produced only in the best years from 1 hectare of 60+ year old vines in the superbly sited premiere coteau vineyard of Le Marigny located opposite Clos du Bourg just above the village. The family spend months working this vineyard then harvesting by hand to produce between 1 and 3 barrels in the best years. These painfully low yields give a wine with remarkable acidity that masks its 298 g/l residual sugar. This stunning wine will age effortlessly for 50+ years given careful cellaring. Only 800 bottles produced. Rated by La Revue du Vin de France magazine as one of the top wines of Vouvray in 2011.
Vouvray tries de grains nobles “Les Larmes de Bacchus” available in '09, '05, '97, '96 and '95
Produced only 6 times and only in the very best years for botrytis. Very fresh with remarkable acidity and residual sugar ranging from 110 g/l to 160 g/l. This stunning sweet wine is harvested grape by grape from a tiny one hectare parcel of vines that is full south facing just above the village on the valley opposite Clos du Bourg. Average yield for these 6 vintages of around 1 hl/ha (average of 15 hl/ha at Chateau dÝquem). This is a remarkable labour of love of grapes selected mostly by Caroline Pichot.
A family time-line from the first purchase of vineyards in 1770 to today;
1770: Purchase of the Coteau de la Biche vineyard becoming the property of the family Dattee-Flock (3 hectares of vines and a large cellar). 1893: The vineyard expands under the impulse of René Besnard, son-in-law of Grandma Dattee (1.5 hectares). 1935: Gérard Pichot marries the daughter of René Besnard and wears the vineyard of Coteau de la Biche to 6 hectares of vines. 1957: Jean-Claude and Danielle Pichot buy a house and a vineyard of 10 hectares, it is the birth of Peu de la Moriette. 1984: Christophe Pichot bought a vineyard of 8 hectares of a single standing on a magnificent terroir Le Marigny. 1996: Jean-Claude and Christophe creates a society which groups the three vineyards under the same banner of Domaine Pichot. 1997: Construction of a winery on the family property Coteau de la Biche. 1998: Installation of our stainless steel vat room (1500 hls) and a system thermoregulation. 1999: Purchase of a Bucher pneumatic press. 2009: Expansion of our winery and installation of our group Bucher tangential filtration system as well as a Costral bottling unit (cap, screw caps). 2010: Transformation of our former labeling room into a tasting room for the reception of our customers by Caroline Pichot. 2011: Investment in an automatic disgorging machine of TDD brand. Creation of the website to help you discover the secrets of Domaine Pichot wines.