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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Located in Montlouis, in the heart of the Loire Valley, Jacky Blot of Domaine de la Taille aux Loups is one of the star winemakers of the region. Originally a Loire wine broker by profession, Blot acquired in 1989 about 8 hectares of 50 to 75 year old vines. Now more than 25 years on, Blot is the… ...

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Taille Aux Loups (Jacky Blot) Montlouis Sur Loire Clos de Mosny 2015  (#330911)

Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Loire, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available

WHWC Staff Notes: Finally, Pascal served us his classic Quarts de Chaume along with a peach tart. This single estate wine shows plenty of botrytis along with gentle honey tones, apricot, quince, and a nice dose of orange zest. On the palate, the wine displays an unctuousness reserved for wines of… ...

JG 89
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Laffourcade Quarts de Chaume Chateau de l'echarderie 2008  (#329082)

Dessert Wine from Quarts de Chaume, Loire, France

500ml Bottle | In stock, 4 available

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
WA 96
WS 93
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Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1ere Trie 2008  (#307829)

Dessert Wine from Vouvray, Loire, France

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 12+ available
JG 96
WA 96
WS 93
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This is Dagueneau's Grand Cru, if you will. Because of the lower clay content in the soil, this wine tends to be more austere in its youth than the Pur Sang , which explains why it often receives lower scores wine journals that rate how a wine is currently drinking. Do not be fooled! Those familiar… ...

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Dagueneau/Didier Pouilly-Fume Silex 2014  (#328566)

Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fumé, Loire, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 5 available

Marie-Luce Métaireau later took over for her father, along with her husband Jean-François Guilbaud, tend the vines organically, and everything is harvested by hand--a rarity in this region, where 98% of all grapes are machine-harvested, and conventional farming with chemicals is the norm. Marie… ...

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Metaireau/Louis Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine sur Lie Petit Mouton 2016  (#332677)

Melon de Bourgogne from Muscadet, Loire, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 7 available

100 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): I have been fortunate to taste a fair number of older Huet bottlings of unsurpassed beauty, and one of my absolute reference points to this day remains the surreal 1935 Le Haut-Lieu moelleux. This is a hauntingly profound wine, as it erupts from the… ...

JG 100
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Huet Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux 1935  (#332668)

Dessert Wine from Vouvray, Loire, France

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 5 available
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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… ...

V 92-93
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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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available

98 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 'Clos du Bourg' Moelleux Première Trie from Domaine Huët is another absolutely stunning young example of the 2015 vintage. The very complex bouquet wafts from the glass in one of the most beautifully-botrytized blends I have ever had the pleasure to… ...

JG 98
WS 97
WA 96
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Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux 1ere Trie 2015  (#332661)

Dessert Wine from Vouvray, Loire, France

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 12+ available
JG 98
WS 97
WA 96
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Not yet reviewed; 2014 vintage rated 95 points by Wine Spectator: Chiseled, with a pure beam of gooseberry, white asparagus and white peach flavors inlaid with light talc, chamomile and mineral accents. The long finish vibrates like a tuning fork, leaving a mouthwatering echo. Gorgeous. Drink now… ...

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Dagueneau/Didier Pouilly-Fume Pur Sang 2015  (#332403)

Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fumé, Loire, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 9 available
$87.95
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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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available

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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available

100% Pinot Noir. Domaine Paul Thomas produces beautiful wines from the deepest, purest outcropping of Kimmeridgean limestone in Chavignol, which is considered the finest cru of the region. Salmon-pink color, aromas of apricot. The palate reconfirms the taste of apricot and the sweet acidity of tart… ...

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Thomas/Paul Sancerre Chavignol Rose 2017  (#332400)

Rosé from Sancerre, Loire, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 6 available
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