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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Thibaud Boudignon’s Chenin Blancs are rich and oak-aged, inspired by none other than Clos Rougeard’s masterful white wine. For years rare and hard to find here in the U.S., we now get a tiny allocation every vintage. ...
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Boudignon/Thibaud Anjou Blanc 2015  (#329692)

Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France

Thibaud Boudignon’s Chenin Blancs are rich and oak-aged, inspired by none other than Clos Rougeard’s masterful white wine. For years rare and hard to find here in the U.S., we now get a tiny allocation every vintage.

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92-93 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): ...this delivers an unusually rich, polished palate impression while retaining vivacity and refreshment thanks to juicy ripe pear and fresh lime. The mineral and animal dimensions -- anticipated on the nose -- suggest sea breeze and urchin roe, yielding a… ...
V 92-93
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Pepiere Muscadet Chateau Thebaud Clos des Morines 2015  (#333173)

Melon de Bourgogne from Muscadet, Loire, France

92-93 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): ...this delivers an unusually rich, polished palate impression while retaining vivacity and refreshment thanks to juicy ripe pear and fresh lime. The mineral and animal dimensions -- anticipated on the nose -…

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91 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...a lovely and classic bottle of Muscadet, with a nose that wafts from the glass in a mix of green apple, bread fruit, ocean breeze, stony minerality and a touch of lemongrass in the upper register. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied, focused… ...
JG 91
WS 89
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Pepiere Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur Lie La Pepie 2017  (#333698)

Other White Wines from Muscadet, Loire, France

91 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...a lovely and classic bottle of Muscadet, with a nose that wafts from the glass in a mix of green apple, bread fruit, ocean breeze, stony minerality and a touch of lemongrass in the upper register. On…

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While Sancerre is usually known for its chalky white wines, Pinot Noir represents 20% of the vineyards planted in this AOC. The cool climate makes for elegant, lacy rosés that are mineral-driven. Located on steep hills, this family-run estate is thought to be one of the finest Sancerre producers.… ...
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Reverdy/Pascal & Nicolas Sancerre Rose Terre de Maimbray 2018  (#334772)

Rosé from Sancerre, Loire, France

While Sancerre is usually known for its chalky white wines, Pinot Noir represents 20% of the vineyards planted in this AOC. The cool climate makes for elegant, lacy rosés that are mineral-driven. Located on steep hills, this family-run estate is…

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95 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): ...refreshingly pure, slightly flinty and reductive nose with chalk and ripe lemon notes. Lush, precise and piquant on the palate, with ripe, concentrated fruit and crystalline structure, this is a dense, smooth, beautifully balanced, very long, refined… ...
WA 95
JG 94
WS 91
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Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec 2017  (#333219)

Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Loire, France

95 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): ...refreshingly pure, slightly flinty and reductive nose with chalk and ripe lemon notes. Lush, precise and piquant on the palate, with ripe, concentrated fruit and crystalline structure, this is a dense,…

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WA 95
JG 94
WS 91
94 points Wine Spectator: Green plum and verbena notes lead the way for now, with a flash of quinine on the finish. This is juicy, but still a bit compact overall, with the core of ample pear, quince and ginger flavors in reserve. Just wait for everything to knit together and stretch out, as the… ...
WS 94
JG 91
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Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec 2016  (#330845)

Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Loire, France

94 points Wine Spectator: Green plum and verbena notes lead the way for now, with a flash of quinine on the finish. This is juicy, but still a bit compact overall, with the core of ample pear, quince and ginger flavors in reserve. Just wait for…

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95 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2014 Sancerre 'Clos la Néore' from Edmund et Anne Vatan is a magical wine in the making. The bouquet is deep, pure and still very youthful, wafting from the glass in a vibrant blend of lime, pear, fresh almond, a touch of mint, a bit of water cress,… ...
JG 95
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Vatan/Edmond Sancerre Clos la Neore 2014  (#328670)

Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre, Loire, France

95 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2014 Sancerre 'Clos la Néore' from Edmund et Anne Vatan is a magical wine in the making. The bouquet is deep, pure and still very youthful, wafting from the glass in a vibrant blend of lime, pear,…

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94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2016 Saumur Blanc “Arcane” from Château de Fosse-Séche is an outstanding wine by any measure, with the complex and very precise bouquet offering up scents of sweet quince, a bit of apple, chalky soil tones, dried flowers, a hint of lanolin, fresh… ...
JG 94
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Fosse-Seche Saumur Blanc Arcane 2016  (#333828)

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

94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2016 Saumur Blanc “Arcane” from Château de Fosse-Séche is an outstanding wine by any measure, with the complex and very precise bouquet offering up scents of sweet quince, a bit of apple, chalky soil…

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93 points Wine Spectator: Distinctive, from the creamy, gently toasted macadamia nut edge to the panoply of makrut lime, white peach, yellow apple and fleur de sel notes. The refined finish lets flashes of tarragon and honeysuckle chime in. Long and lilting. Drink now through 2024. (11/15/18) ...
WS 93
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Dagueneau/Didier Blanc Fume de Pouilly 2015  (#332402)

Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fumé, Loire, France

93 points Wine Spectator: Distinctive, from the creamy, gently toasted macadamia nut edge to the panoply of makrut lime, white peach, yellow apple and fleur de sel notes. The refined finish lets flashes of tarragon and honeysuckle chime in. Long and…

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This is a blend of various plots from the Vouvray appellation surrounding the Clos Baudoin, including L’Espagnole, Le Haut Lieu, La Chatterie, L’Homme and La Reugnières. The clay here is deeper than in the Clos, giving a broad, rich girth to the wine. Chidaine vinifies this dry, usually around 4 g/l… ...
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Chidaine Vin de France Les Argiles 2017  (#333502)

Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Loire, France

This is a blend of various plots from the Vouvray appellation surrounding the Clos Baudoin, including L’Espagnole, Le Haut Lieu, La Chatterie, L’Homme and La Reugnières. The clay here is deeper than in the Clos, giving a broad, rich girth to the wine…

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96 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): ...opens with a fine yet concentrated nose with notes of finely milled limestones and chalk intertwined with lime zest and lemon juice aromas—pure, precise and fine, with a lovely hint of reduction. Lush, precise and highly refined, this is a round, juicy… ...
WA 96
JG 94
DE 92
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Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec 2017  (#333214)

Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Loire, France

96 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): ...opens with a fine yet concentrated nose with notes of finely milled limestones and chalk intertwined with lime zest and lemon juice aromas—pure, precise and fine, with a lovely hint of reduction. Lush,…

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WA 96
JG 94
DE 92
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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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