Tag Archives: Loire

Damien Laureau “Le Bel Ouvrage” Savennières, 2011, Loire Valley, France

16 Jan

DSC03220Ever had a Chenin Blanc that changed your life? Wanna try one? This is intensely mineral Chenin Blanc from a tiny Loire Valley appellation. Cellar-worthy, with an aging potential of 15-20 years. Extensive lees aging fleshes out the palate, which echoes the bouquet of apple, apricot and floral notes. Grab some fresh salmon, some stinky washed-rind cheese, and get down to the business of rearranging everything you thought you knew about life and the living of it. $52

Château Moncontour Brut Rosé Crémant de Loire, NV, Loire Valley, France

16 Jan

DSC03215100% Cabernet Franc from the clay soils of the Moncontour estate. Produced in the méthode Champenoise, this pink sparkler is bright and minerally on the palate, with delicate perlage. $15

Château Moncontour Sparkling Vouvray Brut, NV, Loire Valley, France

16 Jan

DSC03213100% Chenin Blanc vinified dry in the méthode traditionelle, just like it’s done in Champagne. The limestone soils of the estate express themselves in beautiful minerality underlining notes of apricot and peach. The vibrant mousse dances across the palate, making this ideal wine for most cuisines. $18

Domaine Paul Prieur, 2012, Sancerre, France

15 Oct

022A Sauvignon Blanc from the renowned growing region of Sancerre packed with white flower, citrus and tropical fruit. The palate is mouthwatering and minerally, while still maintaining balance and freshness. Enjoy with seared diver scallops over wilted spinach with bacon crumbles. $26

“Comte de Saint Venant” by Château Valmer, 2010, Vouvray

15 Oct

021A fresh, dry Chenin Blanc boasting lime zest, almond and tangy green plum. Balanced and refreshing, the palate offers crisp fruit, stony minerality and a juicy finish that will pull the subtle sweetness out of firm-fleshed white fish like halibut. It’s also a perfect match for spicy cuisines. $15

Terra Laura, 2010, Cheverny, France

15 Oct

020Sauvignon Blanc (80%) provides intense, grassy aromatics, while Chardonnay (20%) shares green apple, pear and lemon rind. Light, crisp and refreshing, as a good Cheverny Blanc should be. Grab a glass, grab some friends, and grab some steamed Quahog clams. $20

Domaine le Portail, 2009, Cour-Cheverny, France

15 Oct

019This Loire Valley white is derived from the Romorantin grape, introduced to the Loire Valley in the 16th century by King Francis I. It’s a wine of bracing acidity and thirst-quenching potency. Think citrus and green apple with highlights of honey and acacia. We enjoy Romorantin whenever we can, with gooey La Tur cheese and water biscuits. $16