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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The Bailly family have been winemakers in Sancerre since 1700. This is a classic styled Sancerre from Bailly's vineyards in and around the village of Bué, one of the greatest villages in the appellation. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. ...
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Bailly Sancerre Terroirs 2017  (#332802)

Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France

The Bailly family have been winemakers in Sancerre since 1700. This is a classic styled Sancerre from Bailly's vineyards in and around the village of Bué, one of the greatest villages in the appellation. 100% Sauvignon Blanc.

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92 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...another outstanding example of the vintage, offering up a bright and complex bouquet of lime, a lovely touch of leesiness, spring flowers, complex soil tones, a whisper of menthol and gentle upper register smokiness. On the palate the wine is bright,… ...
JG 92
WE 90
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Pepiere Muscadet Sevre et Maine Clos des Briords Vieilles Vignes 2017  (#702211)

Melon de Bourgogne from Muscadet, Loire, France

92 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...another outstanding example of the vintage, offering up a bright and complex bouquet of lime, a lovely touch of leesiness, spring flowers, complex soil tones, a whisper of menthol and gentle upper…

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95+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2017 Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec is a stunning wine in the making. The bouquet offers up a superb constellation of apple, pineapple, quince, very complex minerality, honeycomb, orange blossoms and lanolin. On the palate the wine is pure, nascently… ...
JG 95
WS 93
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Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec 2017  (#333223)

Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Loire, France

95+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2017 Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec is a stunning wine in the making. The bouquet offers up a superb constellation of apple, pineapple, quince, very complex minerality, honeycomb, orange blossoms and lanolin…

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96 points John Gilman: ...blazing purity, stunning intensity of flavor and laser-like presentation 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… ...
JG 96
WA 96
WS 93
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Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1ere Trie 2008  (#307829)

Dessert Wine from Vouvray, Loire, France

96 points John Gilman: ...blazing purity, stunning intensity of flavor and laser-like presentation 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,…

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JG 96
WA 96
WS 93
Notes of jasmine and almond shine through a mineral driven, slightly creamy texture, with bright undertones of green apple and grapefruit. Perfect as an aperitif and also ideal for fresh oysters, grilled seafood, lemon chicken, or a simple plate of fresh goat cheese and fruit. Aged on the lees until… ...
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Thomas/Paul Sancerre Chavignol Les Comtesses 2016  (#332855)

Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France

Notes of jasmine and almond shine through a mineral driven, slightly creamy texture, with bright undertones of green apple and grapefruit. Perfect as an aperitif and also ideal for fresh oysters, grilled seafood, lemon chicken, or a simple plate of…

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WHWC Staff Notes: Not to be missed. This 100% Cabernet Franc displays classic notes of red cherry and black currant, with hints of dried violets, pepper, and licorice. At seven years of age, this perfumed, medium-bodied red shows just how well these wines can and do age. The wine's tannins and acid… ...
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Laffourcade (Perray-Jouannet) Anjou Villages Rouge 2010  (#329111)

Cabernet Franc from Anjou, Loire, France

WHWC Staff Notes: Not to be missed. This 100% Cabernet Franc displays classic notes of red cherry and black currant, with hints of dried violets, pepper, and licorice. At seven years of age, this perfumed, medium-bodied red shows just how well these…

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96 points Wine Spectator: Juicy in feel, with an intense beam of glazed peach, dried apricot, fresh ginger and heather honey notes, backed by baked mirabelle plum accents and a flash of almond cream on the long, rich finish. A wonderful balancing act, keeping the exotic fruit and sweetness fresh and… ...
WS 96
JG 93
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Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Premiere Trie 2016  (#330864)

Dessert Wine from Vouvray, Loire, France

96 points Wine Spectator: Juicy in feel, with an intense beam of glazed peach, dried apricot, fresh ginger and heather honey notes, backed by baked mirabelle plum accents and a flash of almond cream on the long, rich finish. A wonderful balancing act…

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97+ points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): ...brillant dark golden color with apricot-yellow reflections. Very clear, intense and elegant on the nose, where coffee, toast, brioche, nougat and flinty flavors intertwine with super ripe apricot, licorice and lemon zest aromas, this is a very sweet,… ...
WA 97
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Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1ere Trie 2003  (#332662)

Dessert Wine from Vouvray, Loire, France

97+ points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): ...brillant dark golden color with apricot-yellow reflections. Very clear, intense and elegant on the nose, where coffee, toast, brioche, nougat and flinty flavors intertwine with super ripe apricot,…

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92+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2016 Muscadet 'les Gras Moutons' from Domaine de la Pépière is an exceptional wine that is blossoming beautifully today on both the nose and palate and already starting to show some secondary shadings of complexity in the bouquet, which delivers… ...
JG 92
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Pepiere Muscadet Sevre et Maine Les Gras Moutons 2017  (#333699)

Other White Wines from Muscadet, Loire, France

92+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2016 Muscadet 'les Gras Moutons' from Domaine de la Pépière is an exceptional wine that is blossoming beautifully today on both the nose and palate and already starting to show some secondary…

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Pale yellow. Reticent aromas of pear, quince and white flowers. Rich and expansive on the palate, displaying a quince flavor complicated by herbal nuances. Manages to be light, dense and energetic at the same time, finishing with edgy acidity and lingering minerality. ...
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Cotat/Pascal Sancerre Les Monts Damnes 2017  (#333059)

Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France

Pale yellow. Reticent aromas of pear, quince and white flowers. Rich and expansive on the palate, displaying a quince flavor complicated by herbal nuances. Manages to be light, dense and energetic at the same time, finishing with edgy acidity and…

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Huët Vouvray Pétillant is a superb sparkling wine from Chenin Blanc, drawing grapes from all three vineyards (Le Haut-Lieu, Le Mont, and Clos du Bourg), as well as from other small parcels on the estate. Produced in the méthode traditionnelle, the second fermentation in bottle is started by adding a… ...
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Huet Vouvray Brut Petillant 2014  (#333216)

Vintage Sparkling Wine from Vouvray, Loire, France

Huët Vouvray Pétillant is a superb sparkling wine from Chenin Blanc, drawing grapes from all three vineyards (Le Haut-Lieu, Le Mont, and Clos du Bourg), as well as from other small parcels on the estate. Produced in the méthode traditionnelle, the…

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100% Romorantin. Generally from the younger vines (up to 20 years old) and generally vinified in steel -- although this cuvee will occasionally get some older vine material and some wood or concrete contact. Regardless of the slight variations in method each year, this is always a fresh, high-toned… ...
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Tessier/Philippe Cour-Cheverny Blanc 2015  (#330203)

Other White Wines from Touraine, Loire, France

100% Romorantin. Generally from the younger vines (up to 20 years old) and generally vinified in steel -- although this cuvee will occasionally get some older vine material and some wood or concrete contact. Regardless of the slight variations in…

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