Jean-Claude Pichot’s family is one of the oldest in Vouvray, with origins as viticulturists and restaurateurs dating back to 1739. The family cellars are located in the charming village of Vouvray, in caverns hewn from the rolling hills which were once quarried to provide stone to construct the grand châteaux of the Loire. Domaine Pichot was established in 1996, uniting the three historic vineyards of the family: Coteau de la Biche, Le Peu de la Moriette, and Le Marigny. The 60 acres of vineyards are all in Vouvray, six miles east of Tours on the right bank of the Loire River. The vines are thirty years old on average and are all of the Chenin Blanc variety.
Made in the traditional methode (secondary fermentation within the bottle, without dosage), this lively sparkling wine is produced from 100% Chenin Blanc from a 5 acre, 15 year old vineyard site on limestone and clay. The machine harvested grapes are gently pressed by pneumatically, and then allowed to cold settle. The initial fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged in bottle for 36 months (en tirage) before begin disgorged to remove the lees sediment. Only 16,000 bottles are produced annually.
High energy, good and plentiful bubbles. Light straw color. Aromas of fresh sliced green apples and pears. Creamy and lively on the palate. Light citrus and more crisp apple-like flavors. Excellent fresh acidity.