Famous for these amazing interpretations of Chenin Blanc in an array of styles. The grapes are grown on the distinctive, tuffeau limestone soils, creating intensely fruity still wines with saring acidity. The sweetness levels is listed on the label - Sec is the driest at less than 4 grams/litre; Demi-Sec has 4 to 12 grams per litre: Moelleux at 12 to 45 grams per litre; and Doux or sometimes listed as Liquereux, has more than 45 grams per litre.
The only sparkling wines in the Loire required to be aged a minimum of 12 months prior to release, including at least 10 months on the lees (most producers cellar wines for longer). This requirement has helped make serious wines, that comparable to Champagne without the prestige… or the prices.
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. All harvesting is done by hand and yields are kept low at an average 25 hl/ha.
Domaine Pichot is an amalgamation of the properties of the father (Jean-Claude) ‘Coteau de la Biche’ and the son (Christophe) ‘Peu de la Moriette’, hence the different labels bearing the name Pichot. The Pichot’s are 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 remarkably good value wines that will also provide great satisfaction from a young age.