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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92-93 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): ...this delivers an unusually rich, polished palate impression while retaining vivacity and refreshment thanks to juicy ripe pear and fresh lime. The mineral and animal dimensions -- anticipated on the nose -- suggest sea breeze and urchin roe, yielding a… ...
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Pepiere Muscadet Chateau Thebaud Clos des Morines 2015  (#333173)

Melon de Bourgogne from Muscadet, Loire, France

[ 92-93 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): ...this delivers an unusually rich, polished palate impression while retaining vivacity and refreshment thanks to juicy ripe pear and fresh lime. The mineral and animal dimensions -- anticipated on the nose -- suggest sea breeze and urchin roe, yielding a savor that positively milks the salivary glands. This is going to be fascinating to follow and likely to stand among the high points for Muscadet of its vintage. Drink: 2018-2026. (May 2017) ] 92-93 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): ...this delivers an unusually rich, polished palate impression while retaining vivacity and refreshment thanks to juicy ripe pear and fresh lime. The mineral and animal dimensions -- anticipated on the nose -…

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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

[ 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 then dominate on a brightly juicy, tangy, firm-feeling, palpably extract-rich palate. The sizzle and crunch of fresh radish contribute to an explosively intense, reverberative finish. Drink: 2017-2026. (May 2017) ] 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…

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94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The bouquet is bright, pure and nascently complex, offering up scents of lemon, apple, quince, bee pollen, chalky soil tones and a topnote of spring flowers... deep, full-bodied and more closed in personality... with a bit of the backend dustiness...… ...
JG 94
WS 91
DE 91
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Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec 2017  (#333219)

Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Loire, France

[ 94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The bouquet is bright, pure and nascently complex, offering up scents of lemon, apple, quince, bee pollen, chalky soil tones and a topnote of spring flowers... deep, full-bodied and more closed in personality... with a bit of the backend dustiness... but with excellent depth at the core and impressive focus. The finish is long, beautifully balanced and intensely flavored, with great energy and grip. This is dynamite wine in the making... 2028-2060+. (Jul/Aug 2018) ] 94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The bouquet is bright, pure and nascently complex, offering up scents of lemon, apple, quince, bee pollen, chalky soil tones and a topnote of spring flowers... deep, full-bodied and more closed in…

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JG 94
WS 91
DE 91
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
WA 96
WS 93
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Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1ere Trie 2008  (#307829)

Dessert Wine from Vouvray, Loire, France

[ 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 peel, a gentle touch of lanolin, very discreet notes of honeycomb and a gently floral topnote.... On the palate the wine shares the same full-bodied elegance... but with a firmer core, more striking soil inflection, and a nearly endless finish that builds and builds as the wine unfolds in the glass... 2016-2075. (Sep/Oct 2009) ] 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…

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JG 96
WA 96
WS 93
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WHWC Staff Notes: Not to be missed. This 100% Cabernet Franc displays classic notes of red cherry and black currant, with hints of dried violets, pepper, and licorice. At seven years of age, this perfumed, medium-bodied red shows just how well these wines can and do age. The wine's tannins and acid… ...
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Laffourcade (Perray-Jouannet) Anjou Villages Rouge 2010  (#329111)

Cabernet Franc from Anjou, Loire, France

[ WHWC Staff Notes: Not to be missed. This 100% Cabernet Franc displays classic notes of red cherry and black currant, with hints of dried violets, pepper, and licorice. At seven years of age, this perfumed, medium-bodied red shows just how well these wines can and do age. The wine's tannins and acid are in perfect harmony at this stage, making it a beautiful pairing for our entrecôte course, but also suggesting it will accompany a wide variety of other dishes. ] WHWC Staff Notes: Not to be missed. This 100% Cabernet Franc displays classic notes of red cherry and black currant, with hints of dried violets, pepper, and licorice. At seven years of age, this perfumed, medium-bodied red shows just how well these…

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90 points Wine Spectator: Fresh and pure, with a beam of crushed cherry and damson plum fruit lined with light tobacco and olive hints. The fresh finish has finely beaded acidity and a pretty violet echo. Drink now through 2021. 800 cases made. (11/15/17) ...
WS 90
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Alliet Chinon Vieilles Vignes 2015  (#331695)

Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Loire, France

[ 90 points Wine Spectator: Fresh and pure, with a beam of crushed cherry and damson plum fruit lined with light tobacco and olive hints. The fresh finish has finely beaded acidity and a pretty violet echo. Drink now through 2021. 800 cases made. (11/15/17) ] 90 points Wine Spectator: Fresh and pure, with a beam of crushed cherry and damson plum fruit lined with light tobacco and olive hints. The fresh finish has finely beaded acidity and a pretty violet echo. Drink now through 2021. 800 cases made. (11…

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95+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2017 Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec is a stunning wine in the making. The bouquet offers up a superb constellation of apple, pineapple, quince, very complex minerality, honeycomb, orange blossoms and lanolin. On the palate the wine is pure, nascently… ...
JG 95
WS 93
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Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec 2017  (#333223)

Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Loire, France

[ 95+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2017 Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec is a stunning wine in the making. The bouquet offers up a superb constellation of apple, pineapple, quince, very complex minerality, honeycomb, orange blossoms and lanolin. On the palate the wine is pure, nascently complex and full-bodied, with superb depth at the core, bright, seamless acids, laser-like focus and outstanding grip and balance on the long, vibrant and stunning finish. This too will be approachable for a few years and then shut down for an extended period of hibernation, but unlike the Le Haut Lieu Demi-Sec, where early sampling would be perfectly understandable, to waste bottles of the 2017 Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec drinking it in its early window of accessibility would border on a crime! This is a legend in the making. 2018-2020;2030-2090. (Jul/Aug 2018) ] 95+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2017 Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec is a stunning wine in the making. The bouquet offers up a superb constellation of apple, pineapple, quince, very complex minerality, honeycomb, orange blossoms and lanolin…

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Huët Vouvray Pétillant is a superb sparkling wine from Chenin Blanc, drawing grapes from all three vineyards (Le Haut-Lieu, Le Mont, and Clos du Bourg), as well as from other small parcels on the estate. Produced in the méthode traditionnelle, the second fermentation in bottle is started by adding a… ...
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Huet Vouvray Brut Petillant 2014  (#333216)

Vintage Sparkling Wine from Vouvray, Loire, France

[ Huët Vouvray Pétillant is a superb sparkling wine from Chenin Blanc, drawing grapes from all three vineyards (Le Haut-Lieu, Le Mont, and Clos du Bourg), as well as from other small parcels on the estate. Produced in the méthode traditionnelle, the second fermentation in bottle is started by adding a liqueur de tirage comprised of yeast and sugar at bottling. It possesses a fine nose with a lovely presence of minerals and honeycomb; pure and polished with great acidity and delicate bubbles. ] Huët Vouvray Pétillant is a superb sparkling wine from Chenin Blanc, drawing grapes from all three vineyards (Le Haut-Lieu, Le Mont, and Clos du Bourg), as well as from other small parcels on the estate. Produced in the méthode traditionnelle, the…

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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

[ 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 Sancerre provided with great precision, tension and length. There is almost no fruit in this bare wine, at least no charm, but it does have purity, austerity, tension and lots of complexity. A great Sancerre! 2016-2026. (Oct 2016) ] 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,…

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Huet Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Sec 1938 ...
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Huet Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Sec 1938  (#332667)

Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Loire, France

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96 points Wine Spectator: A beauty, with an inviting display of succulent yellow apple, green plum, pear, persimmon and quince flavors that ripples through the long finish, while light verbena, ginger and honeysuckle notes dart around. A long green tea echo runs through the finish. Shows terrific… ...
WS 96
JG 95
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Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 2017  (#333220)

Dessert Wine from Vouvray, Loire, France

[ 96 points Wine Spectator: A beauty, with an inviting display of succulent yellow apple, green plum, pear, persimmon and quince flavors that ripples through the long finish, while light verbena, ginger and honeysuckle notes dart around. A long green tea echo runs through the finish. Shows terrific range and purity, with the sweetness easily harnessed for balance. Best from 2019 through 2040. 500 cases made. (11/15/18) ] 96 points Wine Spectator: A beauty, with an inviting display of succulent yellow apple, green plum, pear, persimmon and quince flavors that ripples through the long finish, while light verbena, ginger and honeysuckle notes dart around. A long green…

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92 points Jeb Dunnuck: ...95% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon... is a gorgeous red that spent close to 60 days on skins and 27-29 months in concrete tanks before bottling. It offers perfumed notes of black cherries, currants, dried flowers, rose petal and huge iron/mineral like nuances.… ...
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Fosse-Seche Saumur Rouge Eolithe 2015  (#332552)

Cabernet Franc from Saumur/Saumur-Champigny, Loire, France

[ 92 points Jeb Dunnuck: ...95% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon... is a gorgeous red that spent close to 60 days on skins and 27-29 months in concrete tanks before bottling. It offers perfumed notes of black cherries, currants, dried flowers, rose petal and huge iron/mineral like nuances. Fresh and lively, with a Pinot Noir-like elegance on the palate, this vibrant, singular, lengthy beauty will keep for upwards of a decade. Drink: 2018-2028. (11/20/17) ] 92 points Jeb Dunnuck: ...95% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon... is a gorgeous red that spent close to 60 days on skins and 27-29 months in concrete tanks before bottling. It offers perfumed notes of black cherries, currants, dried flowers,…

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