Loire Valley


Famous for the grand Chateaux built by the nobility of the Ancien Régime, the vineyards of the Loire River valley stretch from the geographical center of France all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.  Upriver, almost as far east as Burgundy, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé produce the most highly regarded Sauvignon Blanc varietals in the world. As you go downriver, the white grape of choice changes to Chenin Blanc, alongside reds from Cabernet Franc. And as you approach the mouth of the river, the local wine becomes the white Muscadet, perfect with a platter of shellfish on a seaside patio.   

Vincent Delaporte 2019 Sancerre Blanc 750ml


Expressive, intense and complex nose with boxwood, rhubarb, blackcurrant, kiwi and a light vegetal touch. Bright freshness on the palate; delicate and lively. Well balanced and harmonious, it ends with a clean lingering finish. A marvelous companion for...

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Famille Bougrier 2018 Vouvray V 750ml


Light honey and ripe almonds permeate this off-dry wine. It is young, the ripe Chenin Blanc fruit not yet fully expressive. Expect creamed apple and spice to come out over the next few months. Score: 87 points -- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, 2020

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Domaine du Salvard 2018 Cheverny Blanc 750ml


After losing half their 2017 crop to frost, Thierry and Emmanuel Delaille of Domaine du Salvard received a sort of divine compensation in 2018. At last, an abundant harvest endowed with excellent ripeness and superb balance! True bon vivants, the...

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Alain Gueneau 2018 Sancerre "La Guiberte" 750ml


Pale yellow in colour with green and golden highlights. The first smell is discreet with herbaceous hints (nettle, tomato leaves, and menthol). Then the nose reveals notes of elder blossom, citronella, and thyme. Frank in attack, the palate refreshes...

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Cave de Saumur 2019 Chenin Blanc "Les Pouches" 750ml


Deliciously bone dry Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley. Grapes are from small parcels and blended into a special cuvee by a co-op who worked together to craft this wonderful summer sipper. Intense aromas of white fruit, flowers, and citrus on the nose...

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Des Ouches 2016 Bourgueil "Igoranda" 750ml


Thomas and Denis Gambier are 8th generation winemakers who specialize in red wines made from Cabernet Franc. In case you're wondering, Igoranda was the border between the old Anjou and Touraine regions. Grown in mostly gravelly soil with traditional...

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Lucien Crochet 2017 Sancerre "Les Calcaires" 750ml


Gilles and Laurence Crochet have been running this pioneering domaine since 1983. Gilles' two grandfathers Lucien Picard and André Crochet merged their two businesses back in the 1950s and were one of the first estates to sell their wines to...

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Domaine Huet 2018 Vouvray "Le Mont" Demi Sec 750ml


This elegant white shows pedigree, featuring wonderful harmony and great complexity, with persimmon and quince flavors, while cardamom, coriander and star anise notes glide along the edges. The acidity gives this power, providing balance, but also...

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Dagueneau 2015 Blanc Fumé de Pouilly 750ml


Shows a lovely twinge of savory at first, followed by a rather large core of white asparagus, creamed gooseberry and white peach flavors. The savory note reemerges through the finish, along with hints of light bitter almond and paraffin. Drink now...

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