Tasting Notes, Loire Valley June 1, 2019

2018 Claude Branger ‘Le Fils des Gras Moutons’ Sur Lie

Muscadet Sèvre et Maine

Regular Price $16.99

Sale price $12.99

Muscadet has long been prized as a wine for oysters (and little else) but a revolution led by Claude Branger and other committed growers have changed both the perception and the reality of the wines. This exceptionally fresh and focused wine is a case in point; minerality, citrus and salinity all combine to make this wine utterly delicious and brilliant with any fish and shellfish, including oysters.

2018 Domaine de Chevilly

Quincy

Regular Price $19.99

Sale price $16.99

Sauvignon Blanc is the white grape of the most heralded appellations  (Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume) of the Centre-Loire as well as the lesser known satellites. But the same grape doesn’t mean the same wine…the warmer sandy and gravel soils of Quincy delivers grapes that ripen earlier, creating wines of more richness and body than from those of Sancerre. Still chock full of zesty acidity and citrus flavors, this wine leans more New World than Old, bridging the gap between Loire and New Zealand

2018 Château Soucherie ‘Les Rangs de Long’

Anjou Blanc

Regular Price $25.99

Sale price $20.99

Chenin Blanc might be the most versatile grape on the planet; it’s used to make dry, half-dry, sweet, sparkling and still wines. Regardless of the style of the wines, you can count on honeyed, apple-y notes and persistent acidity (which is the key to its versatility). This wine, of the dry and still variety, is unoaked yet shows a rich and round texture along side juicy ripe apple and pear flavors. Yes and some honeyed notes.

2019 Domaine Philippe Gilbert Rosé

Menetou-Salon

Regular Price $29.99

Sale price $23.99

As in Sancerre, reds and rosé from Menetou-Salon are 100% Pinot Noir. Here, 8th generation vigneron Philippe Gilbert makes, essentially, a wine wine from red grapes, using the same principles as he does with his ‘cuvee blancs’. The results are a crisp and vivacious, brightly berry laden and floral wine of great depth and character.

2017 Pascal Janvier ‘Cuvée du Rosier’

Coteaux du Loir

Regular Price $23.99

Sale price $18.99

The “Cuvée du Rosier” is 100% Pineau d’Aunis from 25-year-old vines planted on hillside vineyards in one of the coldest regions of Loire. Claret colored with persistent acidity, savory herbals notes and faint but alluring srpmas and flavors, this is a wine served best with a slight chill along with food, where its natural acidity and reticent nature can  complement rather than overwhelm.

2015 Domaine de Pallus ‘Les Pensees de Pallus’

Chinon

Regular Price $36.99

Sale price $28.99

Chinon produces red wine almost exclusively (less than 5% of their wines are white and rosé) and Cabernet Franc is the only allowable varietal. One might argue that the expression of Cabernet Franc from Chinon is the very personification of the grape (wait, can a grape even be ‘personified’?). Anyway, Chinon and Cabernet Franc…is like… Morgon and Gamay. Okay? Anyway, Domaine de Pallus’ Bertrand Sourdais is intent on taking the grape and region to even a higher level. This wine is classic cab franc; earthy, nearly vegetal, savoury and dense with supple tannins and invigorating acidity.

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