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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 Bedouet Clos de Grand Primos Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur lie 2018
    Domaine Bedouet Clos de Grand Primos Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur lie 2018

    The Bedouet family's history in the region dates back to the 1890s, when the estate was created by Henri Bedouet. Michel, took over with a view to expanding holdings and in 2010 converted the vineyards to organics. Classic and classy Muscadet.

    With granite, schist and gneiss in the soil, this is a classic Muscadet vineyard. Pithy lemon that leads into a silky palate accented by nectarine and fresh thyme. It's vibrant with lovely clean fruits that flow easily. 100% organic. PWS

     

    2018
    Muscadet
    France
    422
  2. Damien Pinon Tuffo Vouvray Sec 2018
    Damien Pinon Tuffo Vouvray Sec 2018

    Damien Pinon is the third generation of his family to naturally farm Chenin Blanc in the chalky soils of Vernou-sur-Brenne in the appellation of Vouvray. His vines are old, creating lush, expressive white wines.

    The Tuffo cuvee is intensely aromatic and loaded with flavors of quince and apple. It has a wonderful complexity to it, hitting at first with burst of fresh fruit and finishing with a vibrant minerality. This beauty is incredibly food friendly, a great compliment for everything from roasted chicken, to fish in rich sauces to grilled sausages. PWS

    2018
    Chenin Blanc
    France
    422
  3. Bernard Baudry Rose Chinon 2020
    Bernard Baudry Rose Chinon 2020
    Organic. 100% Cabernet Franc. Baudry’s irresistible rosé is drawn from vines rooted in the gravel terroir of Grézeaux and a parcel called Les Balais, which was originally planted by Matthieu’s father some 30 years ago. In contrast to Grézeaux, Les Balais is on clay and flint (silex) soils. The 2020 was picked by hand, there was brief skin contact and then the wine fermented (almost to dryness) via indigenous yeasts—two-thirds in Italian-made concrete tanks and the remainder in stainless steel.
     
    Extremely low yields have resulted in a textured yet delicate wine redolent of just-picked nectarines, wild strawberries and mountain herbs, supported by a vein of blood orange or Campari-like bitterness at the end. It’s fragrant, super-crisp and dry with a backbone of crunchy acidity.
    2020
    Cabernet Franc
    France
    422
  4. Baumard Coteaux de Layon Carte D'or 2015
    Baumard Coteaux de Layon Carte D'or 2015
    This wine, his Carte d'Or is a blend of sites which he thoughtfully keeps fresh by not burdening it with too much sugar (its sweetness is balanced with a zesty line of acidity). It's a delightful and lively rendition that will age well or give pleasure right now.

    'The palate shows a very appealing concentration, with white peach, white pear flesh, a delightfully match-sticky freshness and also a beautifully bright acidity…this has very nice fruit and tension, but also a delicious minerally frame for it all. Very good indeed.' thewinedoctor.com
    2015
    Chenin Blanc
    France
    422
  5. Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Domaine 2017
    Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Domaine 2017
    "The nose has a darkness to it, a black cherry intensity dressed with an intense violet perfume. There is a delightful wealth of fruit on the palate though, pure and yet plump with scented cherry fruits. Harmonious and supple, there is nevertheless a dry and grained character to the middle and end of the palate. In the end, though, it is the fresh and perfumed fruits that dominate." (92-94) CHRIS KISSAK, The Wine Doctor
    2017
    Cabernet Franc
    France
    422
  6. Jonathan Didier Pabiot Pouilly Fume Prelude 2019
    Jonathan Didier Pabiot Pouilly Fume Prelude 2019
    Made in a balanced style, the 2019 Pouilly-Fumé Prelude displays a touch of lees-derived character, a hint of florals and fine nectarine fruit. Pure, refreshing, and really easy, with nice flesh that caresses the mid-palate. This selection from a young-vines parcel provides appealing early drinking, but it has a bit more to it. REBECCA GIBB MW, Vinous

    This is a blend of sites with younger vines. The wine is whole bunch pressed with a little crushing to give some phenolic impact and that really plays in to the wine beautifully. Saline, snappy and pristinely fruited with a waft of mineral reduction. Finishes with a little grip and a final punch of fruit before fading away and leaving a lovely splash of minerality. It's the kind of wine you will find just sort of vanishes on  warm day. ROSCOE
    2019
    sauvignon Blanc
    France
    422
    Special Price $52.00 Regular Price $62.00 As low as $49.50
  7. Jonathan Didier Pabiot Pouilly Fume Florilege 2019
    Jonathan Didier Pabiot Pouilly Fume Florilege 2019
    A blend of parcels across Pouilly-Fumé, mainly on limestone-clay soils, the 2019 Florilege is a step up from Prelude due to the inclusion of older vines and longer aging on lees in both tank and concrete. The nectarine-fruited expression gently caresses the mouth. It has lovely depth on the mid-palate, a sense of weight and ripeness followed up by a sense of easy texture derived from mainly clay and limestone soils. Nicely balanced REBECCA GIBB MW, Vinous

    Similarly this is a blend of sites but with older vineyard material. It's more concentrated and rounded as it hits the palate. Unlike so many Pouilly there is great texture to it, I find that really appealing, both the weight of the fruit and the skin and lees contact playing their parts in adding tactile interest. It has more fat, in a good way, but there is ample acidity to ensure it's refreshing. There is some barrel ferment (around 10%) and the rest is aged in concrete and left on lees, it adds a smoky, solidsy, element on top of the natural minerality of the region. Quite a sophisticated expression and beautifully handled. This is as far away from the innocuous Sancerre and Pouilly that litter so many wine lists around the planet. Really lovely juice. ROSCOE
    2019
    sauvignon Blanc
    France
    422
    Special Price $63.00 Regular Price $75.00 As low as $60.00
  8. 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 $70.00 Regular Price $78.00 As low as $67.00
  9. Pierre Menard Clos de Mailles Anjou Blanc 2017
    Pierre Menard Clos de Mailles Anjou Blanc 2017

    After studying wine in the Agronomic school of Angers, Pierre travelled the world to learn about the different processes and made wine in Canada, New Zealand and Hungary. Only in his late twenties, Pierre started to produce wine in the Layon in 2013. Since his first vintage Pierre's wines have been met with critical acclaim.

    The Clos des Mailles comes from three parcels in the vineyard; one is 25 years old, one 100 years, and the other 8 years. You won't find any botrytis character here. As Pierre works very hard to exclude this from his wines, wanting the purity of the vineyard to be at the forefront. In the same vein, it has been vinified using 80% old French oak and 20% stainless steel. This results in a beautifully mineral wine with layered complexity. Yellow plum, flint, smoky/schisty, and ripe peach all play together with great acidity and minerality. Purity, structure, a lengthy finish, and utter deliciousness, Pierre's Clos des Mailles is an experience we all deserve this year. BRIAN

    2011
    Chenin Blanc
    France
    422
  10. Huet Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Sec 2019 - SOLD OUT
    Huet Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Sec 2019 - SOLD OUT
    The 2019 Sec Le Haut-Lieu is classy, polished and simply impeccable. Soft, silky contours wrap around a core of peach and lemon confit fruit. The first impression is all about texture. White flowers, pear and white pepper are some of the nuances that emerge over time, adding complexity, while clean, minerally notes grace the exquisite finish. ANTONIO GALLONI, vinous.com
    2019
    Chenin Blanc
    France
    422
    Special Price $78.00 Regular Price $91.00
  11. Pierre Bise Savennieres Roche Aux Moines 2016
    Pierre Bise Savennieres Roche Aux Moines 2016

    The Domaine of Pierre-Bise is a Loire legend. Based in Anjou, they make wines of 'shatteringly singularity', both dry and sweet chenin blanc.  We've managed to get our hands on a small parcel of one of their flagship dry whites, Roche aux Moines Savennieres.  This chenin is simply breathtaking in its purity and freshness.

    Claude Papin has been the figurehead of the estate, and in more recent years his sons Christophe and René Papin largely run the show. They're experimenting with new approaches including organic certification. Loire aficionado Chris Kissack sums it up nicely 'in recent years the style has become more honed, more pointed, with greater purity and brighter minerality, and the quality remains very high.'

    Roche aux Moines is a revered site, one of the best in Anjou. It is one of the two crus of Savennieres (the other is La Coulee de Serrant made famous by Nicolas Joly). These two crus lie on the right side of the Loire. Roche aux Moines means 'rocks of the monks' alluding to the fact the vineyard this rocky vineyard was planted by Cistercian monks in the 12th century. Its rocky outcrop on volcanic schist soils imbues a savoury salinity and fine chewy texture in the wines.


    The Chenin from Roche Aux Moines have so much charm, as this bottling attests to. The nose is warm and cozy, full of honeysuckle, dried herb, and wool. The palate is beautiful, with an elegant, silky, balance of apricot, smoke, salt and a touch of honey. So open and friendly, and an excellent introduction to Roche Aux Moines. Aged mainly in foudre. JASON WILSON, vinous.com

    2014
    Chenin Blanc
    France
    422
  12. Francois Chidaine Vouvray Les Argiles 2017
    Francois Chidaine Vouvray Les Argiles 2017
    I regard this wine as the French equivalent of top notch Hunter Sem, it continuously overdelivers on the old quality V hip pocket damage. Orchard fruits, ocean air and herbal notes really get you going and the palate doesn't miss a beat either. Salty, snappy, textural and has real zing. You got to love Chidaine's ability to hit the mark with his whites year in and year out. ROSCOE

    "This comes from Vouvray, an assemblage from a number of different parcels. It has 3.5 g/l residual sugar, with 3.71 g/l acidity and 13% alcohol. It has been in bottle for about 18 months now. Aromatically it starts off smoky and restrained, showing a chalky, liquid mineral note, wrapped around a core of finely dried citrus fruits. The palate shows the same style, with rich fruit intertwined with a saline minerality, plenty of rich substance, not to mention a delightful acid lift as well. This is a quite delicious Les Argiles" CHRIS KISSACK, www.winedoctor.com 
    2017
    Chenin Blanc
    France
    422
  13. Francois Chidaine Clos Du Breuil Montlouis 2019
    Francois Chidaine Clos Du Breuil Montlouis 2019

    Chidaine's Clos du Breuil is a Montlouis treasure: a single, three-hectare site, sloping towards the Loire and home to some of Chidaine's oldest vines (up to 90 years old). Just across from Clos Habert, Clos de Breuil rests on one of the highest points in the appellation.

    The bouquet is precise, crystalline and deep, pairing lemony, tropical fruit and chalky aromas with flint stone, iodine and red paprika or pimiento notes. The palate is seamless, crystalline, fresh, very elegant and salty-piquant, almost like a limestone Riesling, with ripe pear flavors, fine tannins and a long and dense, if not juicy finish. The acidity is remarkably fine, and the wine indicates great aging potential, even though it is already an excellent Chenin that could be served even as aperitif (despite its 14% alcohol). STEPHAN REINHARDT, wineadvocate.com

    2019
    Chenin Blanc
    France
    422
  14. Francois Chidaine Clos Habert 2019
    Francois Chidaine Clos Habert 2019
    This Domaine has a number of cuvées that often fall into what would traditionally be called demi-sec territory. However, Chidaine prefers to call these wines tendre, or 'gently dry'. This three-hectare clos sits just above the Clos de Breuil, on a plateau where the silex (flint) gives way to broken chalk and clay.
    From a soil composed of clay and coarse flint elements covering the subsoil made up of tuff, the 2019 Montlouis sur Loire Clos Habert opens with a very fine and delicate bouquet of finely concentrated yellow-fleshed fruit aromas along with herbal and flinty notes. Round and intense, with perfectly ripe fruit, fine tannins and delicate acidity, this is a sustainably intense and salty Chenin that is far too young to be served today but will age for some decades. STEPHAN REINHARDT, wineadvocate.com
    2019
    Chenin Blanc
    France
    422
  15. Francois Chidaine Les Choisilles Montlouis 2019
    Francois Chidaine Les Choisilles Montlouis 2019

    Les Choisilles is named after a type of black flint of the same name, abundant in the old vine parcels that gift this wine where the bedrock is tuffeau. The vines range in age between 30 to 90 years. This is a wonderfully racy, mineral dry Chenin of intensity and drive.

    Chidaine's 2019 Montlouis sur Loire Les Choisilles is deep, pure, fresh and refined on the nose but still very young, with lemon leaf, chalk and sur lie aromas. On the palate, this is a rich and concentrated Chenin, but it reveals remarkable freshness and energy. It is a bit unfair to compare it to the 2018, which has a year more of development, but I have to, and I am still amused by the 2019, which lifts Les Choisilles to unknown heights. The salinity and mineral grip are really beautiful here in the finish, and I believe the wine can age for two decades. Highly attractive pineapple flavors on the aftertaste. STEPHAN REINHARDT, wineadvocate.com

    2019
    Chenin Blanc
    France
    422
  16. Francois Chidaine Clos Baudoin Vouvray 2019
    Francois Chidaine Clos Baudoin Vouvray 2019

    Since purchasing the Clos in 2001, Chidaine has elevated Clos Baudoin to one of the few 'Grand Cru' Vouvray vineyards. Sitting on the crest of a hill the Clos Baudoin vineyard is 2.7 hectares in size with an average vine age of over 70 years. The soils are clay and limestone, with a deep tuffeau subsoil.

    Bright, intensely aromatic yet refined and with delicate yellow-fleshed fruit aromas on the limestone-grounded nose, this is a delicate, pure and fresh, highly tensioned but also lush and perfectly balanced and juicy Chenin Blanc with fine tannin grip, sustainable salinity and remarkable finesse. This is too young to be served today, but this is a highly promising Chenin with the concentration that a wine needs for long aging capacity. STEPHAN REINHARDT, wineadvocate.com

    2019
    Chenin Blanc
    France
    422
  17. François Chidaine Les Bournais Montlouis 2019
    François Chidaine Les Bournais Montlouis 2019
    The 2019 Montlouis sur Loire Les Bournais displays a golden-yellow color and a dense, well-concentrated and aromatic bouquet with tropical fruit aromas and, currently, still prominent lactic notes with straw aromas that intertwine with delicate flinty and earthy notes. Intense, tight and salty on the palate, this is a serious as well as tannic Chenin that reveals remarkable finesse and length. Still young but with excellent aging potential. STEPHAN REINHARDT, wineadvocate.com
    2019
    Chenin Blanc
    France
    422
  18. Philippe Foreau Clos Naudin Vouvray Moelleux 2017
    Philippe Foreau Clos Naudin Vouvray Moelleux 2017

    Founded in 1923, Philippe Foreau's Domaine du Clos Naudin has remained a small and prized estate within Vouvray - it's less than 1/3 size of its friend and neighbour Domaine Huet. Today Vincent Foreau is in charge, taking over from his dad, the charismatic Phillip Foreau in 2016.

    This is far from a globby sweet rendition, its nose is evocative and stunning. Wine critic Jason Wilson describes it as 'lots of ripe apple, even Calvados-like notes, autumnal, fallen leaves, cinnamon and mulled spices.' It's an intriguing mix of sweet spices, earth and fruit. And then on the palate a beautifully judged sweet core of ripe fruits is electrified by a scintillating bolt of acidity.

    This cuvée, built on fruit concentrated by passerillage rather than botrytis, always registers a modest (for a moelleux cuvée) residual sugar, coming in at 60 g/l in this vintage. It feels mildly reticent, with some minerally citrus veins to the fore on the nose. This is countered by a charming and supple substance on the palate, filled with polished citrus fruits, white peach and peach stone, with a touch of quince. It feels so very elegant, tense and bright, with fabulous acidity. So long and correct in the finish. CHRIS KISSACK, winedoctor.com
    2017
    Chenin Blanc
    France
    422
  19. Gerard Boulay Sancerre Clos Beaujeu 2019
    Gerard Boulay Sancerre Clos Beaujeu 2019

    Very limited. Boulay's Clos de Beaujeau comes from two parcels, including one within the original Clos of the vineyard.  Lots of rock and fossils within these soils, the vines in this wine are up to 110 years old.

    The unfiltered 2019 Sancerre Clos de Beaujeu comes from vines averaging 45 years of age in a southeast-facing vineyard on loamy Kimmeridgian chalk and opens with a herbal and brightly fruity bouquet. On the palate, this is a clear, fresh, round, fruity and structured Sancerre with bright fruit, some hazelnut nuances and long grip and salinity. STEPHAN REINHARDT, wineadvocate.com

    2019
    sauvignon Blanc
    France
    422
  20. 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
  21. Gerard Boulay Sancerre Les Cote 2019
    Gerard Boulay Sancerre Les Cote 2019
    La Côte comes from the majestic Grande Côte vineyard, it's the coolest terroir. This offers a steely fruit expression with incredible precision and hidden pockets of flavour that reveal with a little time in glass. Imagine what time in the cellar could bring to this?!

    From a southeast-facing plot, the 2019 Sancerre La Côte is pure, deep and intense yet also fresh on the iodine-scented nose, with grip, lemon and tropical notes. The wine opens bright, clear and almost tropical on the nose and then shows tight, tense and lingering salinity and firm grip. STEPHAN REINHARDT, wineadvocate.com
    2019
    sauvignon Blanc
    France
    422
  22. Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux 2018
    Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux 2018
    The 2018 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux is ripe and already quite open on the remarkably fine and precise nose where delicate chalky notes intermix with yeasty aromas of ripe apples and even very fine flinty hints. On the palate, this is a sweet, lush, salty-piquant and refined but tightly woven Chenin with structure, remarkable finesse, tickling salinity and serious but fine tannins, as if it was a Pinot Noir. Filigreed and feminine on the tongue, the 2018 develops a long, tensioned, tightly woven and stimulatingly salty finish. Great class and aging potential. STEPHAN REINHARDT, Wine Advocate
    2018
    Chenin Blanc
    France
    422
  23. Gerard Boulay Sancerre Comtesse 2019
    Gerard Boulay Sancerre Comtesse 2019

    This rare bottling comes from just 0.40 hectares of 70-year-old vines in the Comtesse lieu-dit at the chalky epicentre of Les Monts-Damnés.

    The pinnacle of Boulay's whites, this is an epic Sancerre. Once again the texture and breadth of the wine illuminate the brilliance of the Kimmeridgian soils. It's so ripe and alluring in a beautifully poised and harmonious way. A thrilling line of acidity runs through layer upon layer of earth, fruit and floral. A taut minerally backbone holds the line and focus that drives the wine and flavours.  Give it some air and it will continue to excite and divulge a little more over time. GABRIELLE POY, PWS     

    2019
    sauvignon Blanc
    France
    422
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