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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97+ points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): ...brillant dark golden color with apricot-yellow reflections. Very clear, intense and elegant on the nose, where coffee, toast, brioche, nougat and flinty flavors intertwine with super ripe apricot, licorice and lemon zest aromas, this is a very sweet,… ...
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Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1ere Trie 2003  (#332662)

Dessert Wine from Vouvray, Loire, France

97+ points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): ...brillant dark golden color with apricot-yellow reflections. Very clear, intense and elegant on the nose, where coffee, toast, brioche, nougat and flinty flavors intertwine with super ripe apricot,…

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95 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2014 Sancerre 'Clos la Néore' from Edmund et Anne Vatan is a magical wine in the making. The bouquet is deep, pure and still very youthful, wafting from the glass in a vibrant blend of lime, pear, fresh almond, a touch of mint, a bit of water cress,… ...
JG 95
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Vatan/Edmond Sancerre Clos la Neore 2014  (#328670)

Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France

95 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2014 Sancerre 'Clos la Néore' from Edmund et Anne Vatan is a magical wine in the making. The bouquet is deep, pure and still very youthful, wafting from the glass in a vibrant blend of lime, pear,…

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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.… ...
JD 92
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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,…

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98 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Première Trie is super clear, ripe and aromatic on the nose, highly elegant and with lovely flinty flavors. Intense and concentrated, with great finesse and vitality, this is a highly elegant and perfectly balanced wine… ...
WA 98
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Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Premiere Trie 2015  (#327195)

Dessert Wine from Vouvray, Loire, France

98 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Première Trie is super clear, ripe and aromatic on the nose, highly elegant and with lovely flinty flavors. Intense and concentrated, with great finesse and vitality, this…

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WA 98
JG 97
WS 95
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…

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Bright yellow. Pungent aromas of lime pith and pear along with cool, herbal nuances. Juicy and savory, with strong minerality, it appears sweeter in style but is bone-dry. The citrus character gives way to pit fruit flavors on the middle palate, with a vibrant talc quality to the finish, which also… ...
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Cotat/Pascal Sancerre La Grande Cote 2017  (#333058)

Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France

Bright yellow. Pungent aromas of lime pith and pear along with cool, herbal nuances. Juicy and savory, with strong minerality, it appears sweeter in style but is bone-dry. The citrus character gives way to pit fruit flavors on the middle palate, with…

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100% Romorantin. Generally from the younger vines (up to 20 years old) and generally vinified in steel -- although this cuvee will occasionally get some older vine material and some wood or concrete contact. Regardless of the slight variations in method each year, this is always a fresh, high-toned… ...
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Tessier/Philippe Cour-Cheverny Blanc 2015  (#330203)

Other White Wines from Touraine, Loire, France

100% Romorantin. Generally from the younger vines (up to 20 years old) and generally vinified in steel -- although this cuvee will occasionally get some older vine material and some wood or concrete contact. Regardless of the slight variations in…

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This is a blend of various plots from the Vouvray appellation surrounding the Clos Baudoin, including L’Espagnole, Le Haut Lieu, La Chatterie, L’Homme and La Reugnières. The clay here is deeper than in the Clos, giving a broad, rich girth to the wine. Chidaine vinifies this dry, usually around 4 g/l… ...
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Chidaine Vin de France Les Argiles 2017  (#333502)

Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Loire, France

This is a blend of various plots from the Vouvray appellation surrounding the Clos Baudoin, including L’Espagnole, Le Haut Lieu, La Chatterie, L’Homme and La Reugnières. The clay here is deeper than in the Clos, giving a broad, rich girth to the wine…

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93 points Wine Enthusiast: Even at nine years old, this wine is only just mature. It still has citrus fruit flavors and a crisp texture. At the same time it offers rich spice, pepper and a toasty character that is cut with citrus acidity. Kept in an underground tank until bottling in December 2017,… ...
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Haut Bourg Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu Origines 2009  (#333508)

Melon de Bourgogne from Muscadet, Loire, France

93 points Wine Enthusiast: Even at nine years old, this wine is only just mature. It still has citrus fruit flavors and a crisp texture. At the same time it offers rich spice, pepper and a toasty character that is cut with citrus acidity. Kept in an…

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One of Chavignol's most historic vineyards, Boulay's parcel lies within the original Clos of the vineyard, established by the monks of Beaujeu in the Middle Ages. Boulay farms a 0.75 hectares plot of 30- to 60-year old vins where the soils are pebbly, lime-rich and strewn with fossils. The vineyard… ...
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Boulay/Gerard Sancerre Chavignol Clos de Beaujeu 2017  (#334044)

Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France

One of Chavignol's most historic vineyards, Boulay's parcel lies within the original Clos of the vineyard, established by the monks of Beaujeu in the Middle Ages. Boulay farms a 0.75 hectares plot of 30- to 60-year old vins where the soils are pebbly…

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92 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...another outstanding example of the vintage, offering up a bright and complex bouquet of lime, a lovely touch of leesiness, spring flowers, complex soil tones, a whisper of menthol and gentle upper register smokiness. On the palate the wine is bright,… ...
JG 92
WE 90
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Pepiere Muscadet Sevre et Maine Clos des Briords Vieilles Vignes 2017  (#702211)

Melon de Bourgogne from Muscadet, Loire, France

92 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...another outstanding example of the vintage, offering up a bright and complex bouquet of lime, a lovely touch of leesiness, spring flowers, complex soil tones, a whisper of menthol and gentle upper…

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93+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The superb bouquet delivers a constellation of sweet dark berries, cassis, cigar ash, espresso, dark soil tones, a touch of cola and a gentle topnote of eucalyptus... pure, full-bodied, focused and sappy at the core, with excellent soil signature,… ...
JG 93
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Amirault/Yannick Bourgueil Les Quartiers 2015  (#333767)

Cabernet Franc from Bourgueil, Loire, France

93+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The superb bouquet delivers a constellation of sweet dark berries, cassis, cigar ash, espresso, dark soil tones, a touch of cola and a gentle topnote of eucalyptus... pure, full-bodied, focused and…

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