Loire, France, WINE

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The Loire Valley is one of France's largest, geographically speaking, and also one of its most varied, stylistically speaking. Beginning far inland near the hills of Auvergne and running southwest to the Atlantic coast at Nantes, the Loire Valley is France's most important agricultural region and home to some of its most iconic architectural landmarks.

White wine dominates the production in Loire, with the minerally, aromatic Sauvignon Blanc wines of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé as the standard bearers. Touraine is creating quite a reputation for its affordable Sauvignon Blanc wines as well, while Quincy and Reuilly are sleeper AOCs for underrated value and quality.

Chenin Blanc is the other staple white grape of Loire, offering some of the most diverse styles of expression in all the wine world. From the steely, mineral-driven wines of Savennières to the decadent sweet wines of Côteaux du Layon, Chenin Blanc is arguably more the epitome of Loire than any other varietal. Vouvray, Montlouis-sur-Loire, and Anjou also turn out every style of Chenin under the sun. The brisk, salty white wines of Muscadet in the coastal region of Sèvre-et-Maine are some of the most age-worthy yet affordable in France.

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92-93 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): ...this leads with fascinating peat-like smokiness as well as a quarry-like aura of crushed stone, elements that Landron takes to be typical expressions of the site in question. There are also aromatic hints of the apple, gooseberry, salts and iodine that… ...
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Domaine de la Louvetrie Muscadet Sevre et Maine Le Fief du Breil 2014  (#332411)

Melon de Bourgogne from Muscadet, Loire, France

[ 92-93 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): ...this leads with fascinating peat-like smokiness as well as a quarry-like aura of crushed stone, elements that Landron takes to be typical expressions of the site in question. There are also aromatic hints of the apple, gooseberry, salts and iodine that then dominate on a brightly juicy, tangy, firm-feeling, palpably extract-rich palate. The sizzle and crunch of fresh radish contribute to an explosively intense, reverberative finish. Drink: 2017-2026. (May 2017) ] 92-93 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): ...this leads with fascinating peat-like smokiness as well as a quarry-like aura of crushed stone, elements that Landron takes to be typical expressions of the site in question. There are also aromatic hints…

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98 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Première Trie is super clear, ripe and aromatic on the nose, highly elegant and with lovely flinty flavors. Intense and concentrated, with great finesse and vitality, this is a highly elegant and perfectly balanced wine… ...
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Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Premiere Trie 2015  (#327195)

Dessert Wine from Vouvray, Loire, France

[ 98 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Première Trie is super clear, ripe and aromatic on the nose, highly elegant and with lovely flinty flavors. Intense and concentrated, with great finesse and vitality, this is a highly elegant and perfectly balanced wine with a persistent grip and salinity. Great balance and harmony. Drink: 2020-2050. (Oct 2016) ] 98 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Première Trie is super clear, ripe and aromatic on the nose, highly elegant and with lovely flinty flavors. Intense and concentrated, with great finesse and vitality, this…

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96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...defined by its blazing purity, stunning intensity of flavor and laser-like presenta- tion of its underlying terroir... The superb, vibrant bouquet roars from the glass in a blend of oranges, sweet grapefruit, a beautiful base of soil tones, orange… ...
JG 96
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Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1ere Trie 2008  (#307829)

Dessert Wine from Vouvray, Loire, France

[ 96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...defined by its blazing purity, stunning intensity of flavor and laser-like presenta- tion of its underlying terroir... The superb, vibrant bouquet roars from the glass in a blend of oranges, sweet grapefruit, a beautiful base of soil tones, orange peel, a gentle touch of lanolin, very discreet notes of honeycomb and a gently floral topnote.... On the palate the wine shares the same full-bodied elegance... but with a firmer core, more striking soil inflection, and a nearly endless finish that builds and builds as the wine unfolds in the glass... 2016-2075. (Sep/Oct 2009) ] 96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...defined by its blazing purity, stunning intensity of flavor and laser-like presenta- tion of its underlying terroir... The superb, vibrant bouquet roars from the glass in a blend of oranges, sweet…

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93 points Wine Enthusiast: Even at nine years old, this wine is only just mature. It still has citrus fruit flavors and a crisp texture. At the same time it offers rich spice, pepper and a toasty character that is cut with citrus acidity. Kept in an underground tank until bottling in December 2017,… ...
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Haut Bourg Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu Origines 2009  (#333508)

Melon de Bourgogne from Muscadet, Loire, France

[ 93 points Wine Enthusiast: Even at nine years old, this wine is only just mature. It still has citrus fruit flavors and a crisp texture. At the same time it offers rich spice, pepper and a toasty character that is cut with citrus acidity. Kept in an underground tank until bottling in December 2017, it is a great example of the aging ability of fine Muscadet. Drink now. Alcohol 12%. (Sep 2018) ] 93 points Wine Enthusiast: Even at nine years old, this wine is only just mature. It still has citrus fruit flavors and a crisp texture. At the same time it offers rich spice, pepper and a toasty character that is cut with citrus acidity. Kept in an…

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Complex fruit of melon, citrus, and blackcurrant leaf with restrained mineral-edged flint and beautifully assured acidity. Fermented and aged in stainless steel vats. ...
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Gitton Pouilly-Fume Clos Joanne d'Orion 1980  (#330205)

Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fumé, Loire, France

[ Complex fruit of melon, citrus, and blackcurrant leaf with restrained mineral-edged flint and beautifully assured acidity. Fermented and aged in stainless steel vats. ] Complex fruit of melon, citrus, and blackcurrant leaf with restrained mineral-edged flint and beautifully assured acidity. Fermented and aged in stainless steel vats.

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Thibaud takes only the best part of the juice, and ferments it in barrels, with no racking. The nose seems pure and smoky, with minerally notes, especially gunpowder. A fresh and defined palate, very tense in style, a profound minerally depth, with some light liquorice tones presumably oak-derived,… ...
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Boudignon/Thibaud Anjou Blanc a FranCoise 2015  (#329693)

Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France

[ Thibaud takes only the best part of the juice, and ferments it in barrels, with no racking. The nose seems pure and smoky, with minerally notes, especially gunpowder. A fresh and defined palate, very tense in style, a profound minerally depth, with some light liquorice tones presumably oak-derived, also some white stone fruit. But it is the pointed mineral frame, reinforced by the acidity, that is the most striking feature of the palate. It culminates with a long, grippy finish. This is top notch. ] Thibaud takes only the best part of the juice, and ferments it in barrels, with no racking. The nose seems pure and smoky, with minerally notes, especially gunpowder. A fresh and defined palate, very tense in style, a profound minerally depth, with…

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16.5/20 points Jancis Robinson: Bright pale orange. A very dry year. Not a great year. Interesting because it smells as though it s really going to be quite rich. The nose faded a little with time and the dryness of the palate insisted a bit. Bit hard. Very severe initially apparently. Rather hard… ...
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Huet Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Sec 1938  (#332667)

Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Loire, France

[ 16.5/20 points Jancis Robinson: Bright pale orange. A very dry year. Not a great year. Interesting because it smells as though it s really going to be quite rich. The nose faded a little with time and the dryness of the palate insisted a bit. Bit hard. Very severe initially apparently. Rather hard finish. For lovers of curiosities and for masochists rather than for hedonists. Sour finish; sleek acidity. Date tasted: 18 Sep 2012. (8/29/13) ] 16.5/20 points Jancis Robinson: Bright pale orange. A very dry year. Not a great year. Interesting because it smells as though it s really going to be quite rich. The nose faded a little with time and the dryness of the palate insisted a bit. Bit…

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94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The nose jumps from the glass in a fine, youthful blend of apple, quince, fresh pineapple, stony soil tones, incipient notes of honeycomb, spring flowers and just a touch of youthful chenin wildness in the upper register... deep, full and a bit more… ...
JG 94
WS 94
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Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec 2017  (#333217)

Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Loire, France

[ 94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The nose jumps from the glass in a fine, youthful blend of apple, quince, fresh pineapple, stony soil tones, incipient notes of honeycomb, spring flowers and just a touch of youthful chenin wildness in the upper register... deep, full and a bit more powerful in personality than the Le Haut Lieu, with impeccable balance, a great core, superb backend mineral drive and a very long, very refined and nascently complex finish ...an outstanding wine in the making! (Jul/Aug 2018) ] 94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The nose jumps from the glass in a fine, youthful blend of apple, quince, fresh pineapple, stony soil tones, incipient notes of honeycomb, spring flowers and just a touch of youthful chenin wildness in…

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100% Pinot Noir. From the lower slopes in Bué, the higher clay content in the soil is perfect for Pinot Noir, the original grape grown in this region. A classic nose of cherries and gooseberries, with just a hint of leather lead into a medium-bodied wine with soft tannins, good acidity and plenty of… ...
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Bailly Sancerre Rouge La Louee 2015  (#332409)

Pinot Noir from Sancerre, Loire, France

[ 100% Pinot Noir. From the lower slopes in Bué, the higher clay content in the soil is perfect for Pinot Noir, the original grape grown in this region. A classic nose of cherries and gooseberries, with just a hint of leather lead into a medium-bodied wine with soft tannins, good acidity and plenty of mineral content. Quite long, but finishes fresh and tense. ] 100% Pinot Noir. From the lower slopes in Bué, the higher clay content in the soil is perfect for Pinot Noir, the original grape grown in this region. A classic nose of cherries and gooseberries, with just a hint of leather lead into a medium-bodied…

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87 points Wine Enthusiast: This soft wine is gentle, rounded and immediately accessible. Its lightly crisp acidity shows in the lemon fruitiness and in a zingy texture. The wine is ready to drink. Alcohol 12%. (Dec 2017) ...
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Haut Bourg Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu 2016  (#332933)

Melon de Bourgogne from Muscadet, Loire, France

[ 87 points Wine Enthusiast: This soft wine is gentle, rounded and immediately accessible. Its lightly crisp acidity shows in the lemon fruitiness and in a zingy texture. The wine is ready to drink. Alcohol 12%. (Dec 2017) ] 87 points Wine Enthusiast: This soft wine is gentle, rounded and immediately accessible. Its lightly crisp acidity shows in the lemon fruitiness and in a zingy texture. The wine is ready to drink. Alcohol 12%. (Dec 2017)

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The historic property of Château du Hureau is among the top producers of Saumur-Champigny. The Cabernet Francs of Château du Hureau are dark, intense and sappy, with plenty of lovely fruit balanced by acidity and minerality from the underlying tuffe soils. Hureau's Tuffe is a delicious entry-level… ...
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Hureau (Vatan) Saumur-Champigny Tuffe 2015  (#331618)

Cabernet Franc from Saumur/Saumur-Champigny, Loire, France

[ The historic property of Château du Hureau is among the top producers of Saumur-Champigny. The Cabernet Francs of Château du Hureau are dark, intense and sappy, with plenty of lovely fruit balanced by acidity and minerality from the underlying tuffe soils. Hureau's Tuffe is a delicious entry-level red. Since the implementation of organic viticulture, Philippe has found the wines to be more pure, transparent and texturally complex. Not yet reviewed; 2013 vintage rated 91 points by John Gilman (View From the Cellar). ] The historic property of Château du Hureau is among the top producers of Saumur-Champigny. The Cabernet Francs of Château du Hureau are dark, intense and sappy, with plenty of lovely fruit balanced by acidity and minerality from the underlying tuffe…

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Clos Rougeard Saumur Blanc Breze 2013  (#333496)

Chenin Blanc from Saumur/Saumur-Champigny, Loire, France

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