Tasting Notes, March 30, 2024; wines from Loire

                     Loire Valley

2021 Luneau Papin Grange
On Sale for $22
Muscadet / Loire Valley / France
100% Melon de Bourgogne
The southerly exposed La Grange vineyard was planted in 1974 and yields this concentrated Muscadet. The wine is aged for 7 months on its lees in glass lined tanks.
2022 Tinel-Blondelet ‘Gentins’
On Sale for $24
Pouilly-Fume / Loire Valley / France
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Tinel-Blondelet is located in the hamlet of Bouchots and sources the ‘Genetin’ cuvee from their older (35 years of age) vines. The vineyards here feature the local limestone known as “Caillottes”, which imparts both minerality and power to the resulting wine.
2021 Couly-Dutheil
Les Chanteaux
On Sale for $26.40

Chinon / Loire Valley / France
100% Chenin Blanc
The 2021 Couly-Dutheil Chanteaux offers a touch of residual sugar which serves to balance the wines relatively high acidity, The fruit for this bottling was obtained after rigorous sorting of the grapes to select only the healthiest berries.
2022 Berthier L’Instant
On Sale for $16
Loire Valley / France
100% Pinot Noir
Fermented in wooden vats prior to aging in neutral French oak barrels, the L’Instant is a bright, freshly styled Pinot Noir. The source vineyards consist of clay and limestone.
2022 Haut Fresne Gamay
On Sale for $13.60
Coteaux d’Ancenis / Loire Valley / France
100% Gamay
The Haut Fresne domaine works with vines in both the Nantes and Coteaux d’Ancenis appellations in the western Loire Valley. This Gamay is sourced from the latter and offers a vibrant take on the varietal.
2020 Baudry Domaine
On Sale for $22
Chinon / Loire Valley / France
100% Cabernet Franc
Chinon is thought of as the quintessential “bistro wine” – light, bright and easily quaffable, however, in the hands of skilled growers such as Domaine Baudry, the appellation is also capable of producing concentrated, age-worthy reds.