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.   

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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Vincent Delaporte 2019 Sancerre Blanc 750ml


Pale gold with green hints. Very expressive, intense and complex nose with boxwood, rhubarb, blackcurrant, kiwi fragrances and a light vegetal touch (marigold). The entry is soft and round. Bright freshness on the palate, delicate and lively purity. Well...

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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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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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Lucien Crochet 2018 Sancerre Rose 750ml


The 2018 vintage displays intense pink colours with almost purple/red tints in the glass. The nose is marked by Pinot Noir aromas such as red fruit cake and red berries. Nice balance on the palate, with the tannins from Pinot Noir providing power, grip,...

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Dagueneau 2014/2015 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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Jean Maurice Raffault 2017 Chinon 750ml


Lively, with an old-school hint to the ample mix of thyme and olive notes infusing the bitter cherry and plum fruit flavors. Light briary tannins and a chalky thread give the finish cut and length. Drink now through 2021. 5,000 cases made. Score: 88...

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Henry Pelle 2018 Menetou Salon "Morogues" 750ml


A blend of 7 parcels from the highest slopes of the appellation. This location (cool yet sunny climate) and this soil (Kimmeridgian marl) give this wine a subtle, pure nose with aromas of white flowers and citrus fruits. The taste is racy and...

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Domaine Huet 2018 Vouvray "Clos du Bourg" Sec 750ml


The 2018 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec is the only dry Chenin produced at Huet that year. Tasted in May 2019, the Clos du Bourg opens with a delicate nose of white fruit and mirabelle plums, along with chalky and very fine sur-lie notes. The palate is...

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Dagueneau 2016 Silex Pouilly-Fumé 750ml


Minerally and intense, showing plump notes of yellow apple and peach, while ruby grapefruit and sea salt accents add to the vibrancy. Features a beautiful silky texture and focused acidity that proves the pedigree, adding to the charm and overall harmony...

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