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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87 points Wine Enthusiast: This soft wine is gentle, rounded and immediately accessible. Its lightly crisp acidity shows in the lemon fruitiness and in a zingy texture. The wine is ready to drink. Alcohol 12%. (Dec 2017) ...
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Haut Bourg Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu 2016  (#332933)

Melon de Bourgogne from Muscadet, Loire, France

[ 87 points Wine Enthusiast: This soft wine is gentle, rounded and immediately accessible. Its lightly crisp acidity shows in the lemon fruitiness and in a zingy texture. The wine is ready to drink. Alcohol 12%. (Dec 2017) ] 87 points Wine Enthusiast: This soft wine is gentle, rounded and immediately accessible. Its lightly crisp acidity shows in the lemon fruitiness and in a zingy texture. The wine is ready to drink. Alcohol 12%. (Dec 2017)

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Every three-star restaurant in France hustles to get a small allocation. No one in America, outside of the lucky few, have heard of it. This estate has been in the family for several generations. Basically, the Foucault brothers (Nadi and Charlie) tend exceptional vineyards, harvest at small yields,… ...
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Clos Rougeard Saumur Blanc Breze 2013  (#333496)

Chenin Blanc from Saumur/Saumur-Champigny, Loire, France

[ Every three-star restaurant in France hustles to get a small allocation. No one in America, outside of the lucky few, have heard of it. This estate has been in the family for several generations. Basically, the Foucault brothers (Nadi and Charlie) tend exceptional vineyards, harvest at small yields, vinify in barrel, let the wines bubble for a couple of years in a glacially cold cellar and bottle without filtration. ] Every three-star restaurant in France hustles to get a small allocation. No one in America, outside of the lucky few, have heard of it. This estate has been in the family for several generations. Basically, the Foucault brothers (Nadi and Charlie)…

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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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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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The Foucault brothers (Nadi and Charlie) tend exceptional vineyards, harvest at small yields, vinify in barrel, let the wines bubble for a couple of years in a glacially cold cellar and bottle without filtration. And what you get is the some of the top red wines of the Loire Valley and in the very… ...
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Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny 2013  (#333495)

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

[ The Foucault brothers (Nadi and Charlie) tend exceptional vineyards, harvest at small yields, vinify in barrel, let the wines bubble for a couple of years in a glacially cold cellar and bottle without filtration. And what you get is the some of the top red wines of the Loire Valley and in the very top of France as a whole. Charles Joguet, the great winemaker of Chinon, once said: 'there are two suns. One shines outside for everybody. The second shines in the Foucaults’ cellar.' ] The Foucault brothers (Nadi and Charlie) tend exceptional vineyards, harvest at small yields, vinify in barrel, let the wines bubble for a couple of years in a glacially cold cellar and bottle without filtration. And what you get is the some of the…

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WHWC Staff Notes: Finally, Pascal served us his classic Quarts de Chaume along with a peach tart. This single estate wine shows plenty of botrytis along with gentle honey tones, apricot, quince, and a nice dose of orange zest. On the palate, the wine displays an unctuousness reserved for wines of… ...
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Laffourcade Quarts de Chaume Chateau de l'echarderie 2008  (#329082)

Dessert Wine from Quarts de Chaume, Loire, France

[ WHWC Staff Notes: Finally, Pascal served us his classic Quarts de Chaume along with a peach tart. This single estate wine shows plenty of botrytis along with gentle honey tones, apricot, quince, and a nice dose of orange zest. On the palate, the wine displays an unctuousness reserved for wines of this pedigree. Very complex and infinitely long on the finish. This wine will be drinking well for the next 10+ years. -Kaj Stromer, 5/12/17 ] WHWC Staff Notes: Finally, Pascal served us his classic Quarts de Chaume along with a peach tart. This single estate wine shows plenty of botrytis along with gentle honey tones, apricot, quince, and a nice dose of orange zest. On the palate, the wine…

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Medium-bodied, dry. White flowers on the nose and a variety of citrus on the palate. Finishes crisp and fresh. Pair with fish soups, fried fish, and scallops. ...
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Breton/Franck Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Caillasses Sec 2015  (#328001)

Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Loire, France

[ Medium-bodied, dry. White flowers on the nose and a variety of citrus on the palate. Finishes crisp and fresh. Pair with fish soups, fried fish, and scallops. ] Medium-bodied, dry. White flowers on the nose and a variety of citrus on the palate. Finishes crisp and fresh. Pair with fish soups, fried fish, and scallops.

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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 method each year, this is always a fresh, high-toned and very zippy version of Romorantin. Consume now or over the next 2 to 4 years. ] 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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94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2017 Clos du Bourg Sec from Domaine Huët is a superb young wine and probably the slight favorite of these three beautiful dry Vouvray bottlings. The wine delivers a lovely aromatic constellation of apple, quince, a whisper of fresh pineapple,… ...
JG 94
DE 92
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Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec 2017  (#333214)

Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Loire, France

[ 94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2017 Clos du Bourg Sec from Domaine Huët is a superb young wine and probably the slight favorite of these three beautiful dry Vouvray bottlings. The wine delivers a lovely aromatic constellation of apple, quince, a whisper of fresh pineapple, beautiful limestone minerality, white flowers, a hint of citrus oil and a topnote of bee pollen. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and rock solid at the core, with bright, ripe acids, excellent focus and grip and a very long, nascently complex and perfectly balanced finish. Great juice. 2018-2020; 2028-2065. (Jul/Aug 2018) ] 94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2017 Clos du Bourg Sec from Domaine Huët is a superb young wine and probably the slight favorite of these three beautiful dry Vouvray bottlings. The wine delivers a lovely aromatic constellation of…

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Aromas of citrus, chlorophyll and white fruits. On the palate the wine is elegant with great freshness. Persistent with a saline finish. A new cuvée for Pinard Sancerre, and of impressive quality! Enjoy with shellfish, cold or hot crustaceans, white meats or goat cheeses. ...
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Pinard Sancerre Le Chateau 2015  (#330352)

Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France

[ Aromas of citrus, chlorophyll and white fruits. On the palate the wine is elegant with great freshness. Persistent with a saline finish. A new cuvée for Pinard Sancerre, and of impressive quality! Enjoy with shellfish, cold or hot crustaceans, white meats or goat cheeses. ] Aromas of citrus, chlorophyll and white fruits. On the palate the wine is elegant with great freshness. Persistent with a saline finish. A new cuvée for Pinard Sancerre, and of impressive quality! Enjoy with shellfish, cold or hot crustaceans, white…

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Les Tuffeaux is a cuvée blended from 30- to 70-year old vines from various vineyards on clay and silex, including the Clos du Volagray and Saint-Martin. Like the Clos Habert, this is intended to be around 15-20 g/l of residual sugar, but it’s usually slightly richer and larger in body. ...
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Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Tuffeaux 2017  (#333500)

Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Loire, France

[ Les Tuffeaux is a cuvée blended from 30- to 70-year old vines from various vineyards on clay and silex, including the Clos du Volagray and Saint-Martin. Like the Clos Habert, this is intended to be around 15-20 g/l of residual sugar, but it’s usually slightly richer and larger in body. ] Les Tuffeaux is a cuvée blended from 30- to 70-year old vines from various vineyards on clay and silex, including the Clos du Volagray and Saint-Martin. Like the Clos Habert, this is intended to be around 15-20 g/l of residual sugar, but it’s usually…

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87 points Wine Enthusiast: This ripe, red-fruit-flavored wine is soft and perfumed. Made from Cabernet Franc, it has a caramel richness as well as crisper acidity and fruitiness. It's an easy wine, ready to drink now. Alcohol 12.5%. (Sep 2018) ...
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Audebert Bourgueil Rose 2017  (#332861)

Rosé from Bourgueil, Loire, France

[ 87 points Wine Enthusiast: This ripe, red-fruit-flavored wine is soft and perfumed. Made from Cabernet Franc, it has a caramel richness as well as crisper acidity and fruitiness. It's an easy wine, ready to drink now. Alcohol 12.5%. (Sep 2018) ] 87 points Wine Enthusiast: This ripe, red-fruit-flavored wine is soft and perfumed. Made from Cabernet Franc, it has a caramel richness as well as crisper acidity and fruitiness. It's an easy wine, ready to drink now. Alcohol 12.5%. (Sep 2018)

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