Tasting notes, July 16, 2022; New Arrivals from Loire

                    Loire Valley 

2020 Domaine de la Grange
Brin d’R
On Sale for $12.99
Muscadet Sèvre et Maine / Loire Valley / France
100% Melon de Bourgogne
Crisp and salty, with just a touch of yeasty lees, this remarkably complex white offers minerality and crunchy orchard fruit characteristics. The Luneau family of Grange celebrates 9 generations of winemaking in Muscadet.
2020 Domaine Hauts Baigneux Blanc Chenin
Touraine-Azay-Rideau / Loire Valley / France
100% Chenin Blanc
Sourced from two limestone driven vineyard sites, the Blanc Chenin from Hauts Baigneux offers aromas and flavors of crushed flint and dry honey. The vines employed for this bottling average 45 years of age.
2020 Rousseau Frère Pinot Beurot
Touraine / Loire Valley / France
100% Pinot Gris
A classical skin-contact Pinot Gris which is interesting from both the texture and flavor perspective, this round, supple wine features aromas and flavors of just-ripe pears.
2021 Domaine Hauts Baigneux La Surprise Rose
Touraine-Azay-Rideau / Loire Valley / France
70% Grolleau, 15% Gamay, 15% Cot
Named for the vineyard from which it emanates, “La Surprise” offers aromas of lilac and peach along with a round, plush texture ideally suited to showcase the wine’s snappy, red currant flavors.
2014 Domaine de la Lande Les Pins
Bourgueil / Loire Valley / France
100% Cabernet Franc
Located northwest of Chinon, Bourgueil is known for sturdy, rustic renditions of the Cabernet Franc varietal. Born from limestone soils, Bourgueil is arguably better suited for aging than Chinon and tends to develop a distinctly earthy character with time in bottle.
2019 Pascal & Nicolas Reverdy
Terre de Maimbray
Sancerre / Loire Valley / France
100% Pinot Noir
Less than 15% of the wine produced in the Sancerre appellation is red in color. The limestone soils of Maimbray inform this spicy, cherry-fruited Pinot Noir.