Loire Valley, France

Domaine de l'Ecu (Guy Bossard)

Matris Chenin Blanc 2018

Great aromatics- orange peel and vanilla creamsicle and pear, very textural, but this is lacking in acid and mineral structure. Has that 2018 ripeness that takes so many loire Chenin over the top to my palate. — 4 days ago

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ESF

ESF

He does fantastic Muscadet as well

Domaine Huet

Le Mont Demi-Sec Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2019

Uber young bright mineral and lots of length. Built for the long haul — 4 days ago

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Sylvain Dittière

Les Beaugrands La Porte Saint Jean Saumur Champigny Cabernet Franc 2018

Having this for the second time when I’m slightly less slaughtered, really wonderful rich, very slightly reductive, but still clean and magnetically delicious. Offered as an alternative to guiberteau which demonstrates how good it is. — 3 days ago

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Couly-Dutheil

Clos de l'Olive Chinon Cabernet Franc 1997

Cedar and leather nose. Ruby with slight bricking at the edges. After an hour in the decanter, really began to show well. Savory, underbrush/bell pepper notes (balanced and not overwhelming), dried red fruit, hint of tobacco. Medium to lighter bodied, bright and fresh, and drinking younger than would be expected. — 4 days ago

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Louis-Benjamin Dagueneau

Silex Pouilly-Fumé Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Stat bright pale straw. Lighter but inviting nose of Asian pear, toasted vanilla spice, and rocks. Palate is medium full yielding chalky pear, flinty citrus rind, and a hint of chalky vanilla. Medium long finish, especially as the wine warms up. The flagship wine of Domaine Dagueneau lives up to all the hype. “A red in white clothing,” as my drinking partner puts it. Allegedly, Didier preferred this wine with a rare steak. I totally get that, having had this with a lightly marbled New York strip (and shrimp). It’s Cabernet Sauvignon’s mother after all. So much complexity and general “stuff” in this wine! If you’re one of those who won’t spend a lot on white wines, you’re missing out. This is up there with Savienneres and White Burgundy among white wine royalty. Fork over the cash. You won’t regret it. Drink now through 2026. — a day ago

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Ron R

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Great bottle. Made by his son after his sudden death approximately 10 - 12 years ago…
Keith Crump

Keith Crump

Love this wine

Henry Marionnet (Domaine de la Charmoise)

Premiére Vendange Touraine Gamay

Very ripe, bright red fruit. Overly jammy at first, but really opens up, adding some spice and a backbone. I gotta start decanting these young reds. — 10 hours ago

Domaine Huet

Le Mont Sec Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2019

Alex Lallos
9.2

Wow this is loaded! What a complex and powerful wine — 3 days ago

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Château Soucherie

Champ Aux Loups Cabernet Franc 2014

Vintage 2014 | Magnum | Family bbq 100% Cabernet Franc, needs aeration to show its qualities — 5 days ago

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Domaine François Cotat

La Grande Côte Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Very tart, fresh, light but filled with energy. Citrus and stone, pond lilly. Need to let this warm up a bit more than standard Sancerre. Becomes honeyed, then shows muskmelon. Takes a while to show its colors; time will be kind to this I think. — a day ago

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Lyle Fass

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Best at 15-20 years. They can be as good as blingy white burg with proper age.
Josh Morgenthau

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Makes sense! Haven’t had the opportunity to taste one that old, but have a few at 5 years in the cellar and I’m going to try for it.
Lyle Fass

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@Josh Morgenthau worth the wait

Domaine de la Désoucherie

Soléa Christian & Fabien Tessier Romorantin

Vintage 2010 | Elevenses-wine, we went to the church, drank coffee and then the sun shined on the terrace in the garden. What to drink? This eleven years old Loire curiosity: made from Romorantin and harvested late. Spicyness and honey in the smell, even a touch of petrol. A frivolous sweetness on the tongue, but when the wine is swallowed you think: my gosh, high acidity. A wine of contrasts that tastes very, very harmonious and reconciles you with Life. Special! — 12 days ago

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