Loire, France, WINE

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The Loire Valley is one of France's largest, geographically speaking, and also one of its most varied, stylistically speaking. Beginning far inland near the hills of Auvergne and running southwest to the Atlantic coast at Nantes, the Loire Valley is France's most important agricultural region and home to some of its most iconic architectural landmarks.

White wine dominates the production in Loire, with the minerally, aromatic Sauvignon Blanc wines of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé as the standard bearers. Touraine is creating quite a reputation for its affordable Sauvignon Blanc wines as well, while Quincy and Reuilly are sleeper AOCs for underrated value and quality.

Chenin Blanc is the other staple white grape of Loire, offering some of the most diverse styles of expression in all the wine world. From the steely, mineral-driven wines of Savennières to the decadent sweet wines of Côteaux du Layon, Chenin Blanc is arguably more the epitome of Loire than any other varietal. Vouvray, Montlouis-sur-Loire, and Anjou also turn out every style of Chenin under the sun. The brisk, salty white wines of Muscadet in the coastal region of Sèvre-et-Maine are some of the most age-worthy yet affordable in France.

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94+ points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec has a creamy, intense and elegant bouquet of ripe and concentrated fruits, along with delicate earthy and lemony flavors. Full-bodied, intense and powerful, with a dense texture and firm tannins, this is a very… ...

WA 94
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JG 93
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Huet Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec 2015  (#327189)

Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Loire, France

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 12+ available
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92-93 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): ...this leads with fascinating peat-like smokiness as well as a quarry-like aura of crushed stone, elements that Landron takes to be typical expressions of the site in question. There are also aromatic hints of the apple, gooseberry, salts and iodine that… ...

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Domaine de la Louvetrie Muscadet Sevre et Maine Le Fief du Breil 2014  (#332411)

Melon de Bourgogne from Muscadet, Loire, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available

Notes of jasmine and almond shine through a mineral driven, slightly creamy texture, with bright undertones of green apple and grapefruit. Perfect as an aperitif and also ideal for fresh oysters, grilled seafood, lemon chicken, or a simple plate of fresh goat cheese and fruit. Aged on the lees until… ...

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Thomas/Paul Sancerre Chavignol Les Comtesses 2016  (#332855)

Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available

The Bailly family have been winemakers in Sancerre since 1700. This is a classic styled Sancerre from Bailly's vineyards in and around the village of Bué, one of the greatest villages in the appellation. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. ...

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Bailly Sancerre Terroirs 2017  (#332802)

Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
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91+ points Stephen Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2013 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Monnières-Saint Fiacre is very clear, deep and subtle on the slightly smoky nose where citrus flavors and yellow apple aromas are displayed. Full-bodied, elegant and balanced, with a ripe and structuring mineral acidity,… ...

WA 91
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Pepiere Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Monnieres-Saint Fiacre 2013  (#327107)

Melon de Bourgogne from Muscadet, Loire, France

1.5L Magnum | In stock, 8 available

Thibaud takes only the best part of the juice, and ferments it in barrels, with no racking. The nose seems pure and smoky, with minerally notes, especially gunpowder. A fresh and defined palate, very tense in style, a profound minerally depth, with some light liquorice tones presumably oak-derived,… ...

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Boudignon/Thibaud Anjou Blanc a FranCoise 2015  (#329693)

Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 6 available

90 points and 'Year's Best Loire Valley,' Wine & Spirits: This is chenin grown in the cool north of the Loire, where Pascal Janvier farms 40-year-old vines on a parcel of clay-limestone soils with silex in the mix. It ripened well in 2015, presenting pear-nectar flavors and scents of yellow roses.… ...

W&S 90
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Pascal Janvier Jasnieres Cuvee du Silex 2015  (#328840)

Chenin Blanc from Loire, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 5 available

Not yet reviewed; 2014 vintage rated 93 points by Wine Spectator: hows a lovely twinge of savory at first, followed by a rather large core of white asparagus, creamed gooseberry and white peach flavors. The savory note reemerges through the finish, along with hints of light bitter almond and… ...

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Dagueneau/Didier Blanc Fume de Pouilly 2015  (#332402)

Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fumé, Loire, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 8 available
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Thibaud Boudignon s Chenin Blancs are rich and oak-aged, inspired by none other than Clos Rougeard s masterful white wine. For years rare and hard to find here in the U.S., we now get a tiny allocation every vintage. ...

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Boudignon/Thibaud Anjou Blanc 2015  (#329692)

Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available

95 points Stephen Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): ...reflects the combination of flint on limestone soils... The wine opens extremely pure and clear on the nose, with tea and floral aromas intertwined with white fruit and lemon flavors. On the palate, this is a very pure, fresh and firmly structured… ...

WA 95
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Mellot/Alphonse Sancerre Les Romains 2014  (#329315)

Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France

1.5L Magnum | In stock, 1 available

96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...defined by its blazing purity, stunning intensity of flavor and laser-like presenta- tion of its underlying terroir... The superb, vibrant bouquet roars from the glass in a blend of oranges, sweet grapefruit, a beautiful base of soil tones, orange… ...

JG 96
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WS 93
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Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1ere Trie 2008  (#307829)

Dessert Wine from Vouvray, Loire, France

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 12+ available
JG 96
WA 96
WS 93
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96 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): Coming from 'the only surviving war time vintage' (Richard Kelley), Gaston Huet's apricot-amber colored 1943 Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Moelleux shows a quite clear (though not brilliant) and still fresh and aromatic, precise bouquet of potted apricots, candied… ...

WA 96
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Huet Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux 1943  (#332665)

Dessert Wine from Vouvray, Loire, France

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 2 available
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