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Maritime Bordeaux in the west of France is a large producer of quality wines. Although saying that there's a large gap between the top few who produce ultra-premium wines with hefty price tags (Lafite, Margaux, Y'Quem, Petrus….) and the rest of the field.

The Left Bank with its gravelly composition of soils is more suited to Cabernet Sauvignon while the Right Bank is made up more of clay and this is where Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominate (as they are earlier ripens and don't mind getting their feet wet). In the middle, the Entre Du Meurs provides a slew of whites and reds made for early drinking.

On the right bank outside of St Emilion and Pomerol, there are a lot of well-priced merlots made that are more for early consumption. These come from the satellite Bordeaux regions.
The English built up a thirst for the better Bordeaux reds which they have coined 'clarets'. These are often tucked away for a while in their cellars to age and drunk with a few years under their belts. But not all Bordeaux is built for aging, so choose wisely.

Styles
For whites, there are the crisp and easily quaffed whites from Entre De Meurs, or the more ambitious oak-aged Semillion Sauvignon blends from Pessac Legonan. The queen of dessert wines, Sauternes can also call Bordeaux home. French oak maturation is a common thread amongst the elite reds, whites and sweet wines.

Grapes

White:Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle
Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot

Some of the most highly rated recent vintages are 2005, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2018.

Favourite Producers
Montrose, Pichon Lalande, Poitevin, D'Yquem, Coutet,
 



Loire



Within France, the Loire Valley region produces the greatest diversity of wine styles. The array of wines made reflects the different sub-regions that share little in common due to the region's sweeping expanse. It's an exciting mesh of sparkling, dry, sweet, rose and reds styles.

Known as the 'Garden of France' the Loire Valley is a prolific food bowl producing delectable treats across cheese, cherries, apples, butter and vegetables. Covering 1000km from east to west, this picturesque region is a feast for both your eyes and tastebuds.

Grapes
White: Chenin Blanc, Melon de Bourgogne (Muscadet), Sauvignon Blanc
Red: Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Pinot Noir, Grolleau

Styles
The Muscadets of the Nantais are influenced by the maritime climate. These wines are subtly textured, freshly fruited and best drunk young with some oysters. Anjou is where Chenin Blanc shines in various styles - sparkling, dry and sweet. Touraine is home to the tuffeau soils which Chenin blanc loves in Vouvray, and we see some red wines here too. Lastly, in the Central Vineyards where the soils are similar to Chablis, Sauvignon Blanc is the cross-bearer producing some exhilarating wines in Sancerre and Pouilly Fume.

Favourite Producers
Pepiere, Baumard, Pierre Bise, Roches Neuves, Huet, Francois Chidaine, Didier Dageneau, Vacheron, Gerard Boulay,


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  1. Domaine du Salvard Unique Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Domaine du Salvard Unique Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Previously labelled 'Unique' Sauvignon Blanc. With a new name and spanking new label designed by the talented French-based artist Louise Sheeran, the package here now reflects the quality of the wine inside. Cropped from mature vines rooted in the sandy clay soils of Cheverny's Fougères sur Bièvre, Blanc de Salvard is 100% Sauvignon Blanc raised on lees without any oak. The Delaille brothers' 2020 is another succulent and vibrant white, packed with aromas and flavours of pithy citrus, and shot through with smoky, resinous freshness and mouth-watering acidity. Classic Vin de Soif Loire.
    2020
    sauvignon Blanc
    France
    422
    Special Price $21.60 Regular Price $27.00
  2. Gerard Boulay 'Tradition' Sancerre Chavignol 2019
    Gerard Boulay 'Tradition' Sancerre Chavignol 2019
    A blend of Chavignol sites, most of the fruit comes from 35-40yo vines lower down the slopes of the sites - and also younger vines from the revered La Grand Cote.

    Boulay's only blended wine, this shows the many facets and brilliance of Chavignol. There's a beautiful density and presence to the wine centred around flavours of wet earth and citrus fruits. A tightly coiled palate emerges and expands with a little air, finishing off with a crushed rocked mouth-watering finish. GABRIELLE POY, PWS
    2019
    sauvignon Blanc
    France
    422
    Special Price $62.40 Regular Price $78.00
  3. Gerard Boulay Sancerre Les Monts Damnes 2019
    Gerard Boulay Sancerre Les Monts Damnes 2019
    One of the most famous vineyards within Chavignol, Boulay's parcel comes from 45yo vines on the standout soils of Terres Blanches (white chalky clay and limestone).

    The nose starts out a little reticent - subtle tones of stone fruit, citrus and mountain herbs, but then you take a sip and the palate ignites all the tastebuds. An explosive eruption of flavours - oyster shell, sea pray, white nectarine and lemon pith is enlivened by an electric zip of acidity. The wines texture is a standout as it ebbs and flows across the palate, singing off with a saline tail. GABRIELLE POY, PWS
    2019
    sauvignon Blanc
    France
    422
    Special Price $94.40 Regular Price $118.00
  4. Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2017
    Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2017

    Pessac-Léognan
    15 BOTTLES Remain at time of offer
    The 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is very clearly one of the wines of the vintage. Rich, voluptuous and creamy, the 2017 has so much to offer. Citrus peel, white flowers and mint are all generous in the glass. More than that, the 2017 offers an interplay of tension and textural opulence that is incredibly appealing. The blend is 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sémillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris. (96) ANTONIO GALLONI

    The 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc has a really enticing bouquet with Granny Smith apples, Mirabelle, freshly sliced pear and light, flinty aromas. There is plenty of energy here, perhaps even more than the following vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with pretty orange rind and tangerine notes on the entry. This is very focused and full of tension, the finish quite saline with impressive persistency. (94) NEAL MARTIN

     

    2017
    sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
    France
    356
    Special Price $256.00 Regular Price $320.00
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