Tasting notes; Wines of Loire Valley, April 13, 2019

2017 Domaine de la Pépière ‘Clos des Briods’, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine

Regular Price $22.99

Sale price $17.99

This wine is of 100% Melon de Bourgogne vines that were planted between 1930 and 1950. On its lees for 8-9 months, its full and structured and powerful and yet possesses a bright core of citrus with stereotypically Muscadet salinity.

2017 Jean Pabiot ‘Domaine des Fines Caillottes’ Pouilly-Fumé

Regular Price $24.99

Sale price $19.99

Crisp and full bodied Sauvignon Blanc, from calcareous soils on the eastern side of the Loire River, across the river from Sancerre. The name of the appellation is derived from both the gray bloom apparent on the grapes at harvest as well as the smoky aromas bestowed by the three major components of the soil: Kimmeridgian marl, hard limestone and flint clay.

2018 Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon Blanc

Regular Price $19.99

Sale price $15.99

This rare wine is made by the 14th generation of the family that first planted in Chinon in 1693. Only about 2% of wines produced in Chinon are white, so don’t be surprised if you’ve never seen this before. Made of 100% Chenin Blanc, it’s fermented in stainless steel and is both very fresh and very rich with citrus and stone fruit flavors and bountiful acidity.

2018 Pierre Morin Sancerre Rosé

Regular Price $29.99

Sale price $23.99

Pierre Morin makes compete wines, in the sense that they exhibit bright fruit, persistent minerality and abundant acidity. This wine is no exception; fresh berry flavors from 100% Pinot Noir, river stone aromas from the limestone soil and crisp and inviting finishing acidity. This is how all rosé should drink.

2016 Valérie Forgues Gamay Touraine

Regular Price $24.99

Sale price $19.99

Touraine is the home of Gamay in the Loire Valley, and the wines from here are typically, brightly and enjoyably fruity with hints of forest leaves and persistent acidity. This one is all that and more with a crunchy mid-palate and good density. A slight chill on this wine makes an enjoyable drink even more so.

2015 Domaine des Roches Neuves ‘Franc de Pied’ Saumur Champigny

Regular Price $59.99

Sale price $41.99

Thierry Germain has become a legend in the Loire Valley, producing wines of precision and joy; fresh, full, and vivacious with no hard edges or unnecessary detours. This wine, from youngish (under 20 years) vines, is full and vivacious with everything one wants and needs; structure, character, weight, fruit and acidity. Nearly perfect.

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