Wine Tasting: Loire Valley Wines

Serge Dagueneau Pouilly Fume “Les Pentes’  2015

Regular Price $28.99

Sale price $22.99

“Les Pentes” means “The Slopes” as this is a south-facing sloped vineyard that soaks in the summer sun. On the fruitier side of Pouilly Fume with melon and apricot  aromas first, then citrus flavors and minerality after. Stainless steel tank fermented, it’s crisp, clean and refreshing.

Château d’Epiré Savennières 2015

Regular Price $22.99

Sale Price $17.99

One of the oldest and most celebrated estates in Savennieres, the domaine has been in the Bizard family continuously since the 17th century. This is a bone dry Chenin Blanc with bright peach aromas and a rich, waxy mouthfeel showing off white peach and sweet apple flavors. It’s a delight to drink.

Charles Joguet Chinon Rose 2016

Regular Price $22.99

Sale Price $17.99

Charles Joguet is a superstar producer from Chinon and this rose from 100% Cabernet Franc illustrates why. Fresh and bright, the wine is floral with red berry scents leading into tart cherry and red currant flavors with a lip smacking orange rind finish. It lingers and lingers and lingers…

Lucien Crochet Sancerre Rouge “La Croix du Roy” 2011

Regular Price $32.99

Sale Price $25.99

Yes, Sancerre Rouge, made from 100% Pinot Noir. This is wine for lovers of bright and elegant Pinot Noir, as its that and more. Its savory and earthy with a backdrop of ripe fruit. It sings with food; despite its relative moderate weight it will handle that rib-eye off the grill.

Yannick Amirault Bourgueil ‘Les Quartiers’  2012

Regular Price $27.99

Sale Price $21.99

Yannick Amirault and his son Benoit keep evolving – backwards. Organic since 2009, with no chemicals used since 1977, the grapes are hand-harvested and the wines are fermented in large, old wooden vats. Fermentations occur naturally, with indigenous yeasts, no sulfites are added and all wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered. The wines are supple, earthy, interesting and delicious. Understated plum and green pepper aromas evolve into savory, herbal and red cassis flavors. This is a wine that intrigues as well as pleases.