Loire Valley, France

Clos de La Briderie

Pureté de Silex Brut Crémant de Loire Blanc White Blend

white flowers, ginger snap, yellow apple & plum, cantaloupe, charred orange ~ underlying hints of various red berries added to the flavor profile — 6 days ago

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Domaine de la Marinière

Vieilles Vignes Chinon Cabernet Franc

Vintage 2019 | quintessence Cabernet Franc, such a comforting bouquet! Pepperbell and cherries. A lot. Hint of minerals. Together better, quite harmonious. Velvety taste. Supple. Mild acidity. Charming. | paired with a ostrich steak, ratatouille with grated Swiss Belper Knolle cheese. — 11 days ago

Eric, Jan and 20 others liked this
John Bratincevic

John Bratincevic

Sounds great!

Domaine Michaud

Aerternam Touraine Malbec Cabernet Franc

Cuvée Aerternam | 50% Cot 50% Cabernet Franc | I gave it 6 hours in Decanter and still a stubborn wine with lots of character. A nose with blackberries, vanilla and flint minerals. From silex underground, barrel aged. Good acidity, very vivid, tannins that are very clear. But also velvety expression. Incomparable price/pleasure balance. Paired with stir-fried steak with paksoi and dark rice. — 22 days ago

Peter, Ira and 16 others liked this

Domaine Huet

Le Mont Sec Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2013

Presented to me double-blind. The wine appears a deep burnished golden color with medium+ viscosity. Notes of baked apples, white flowers, chamomile minerals and a petrol thing. On the palate, medium+ acid. Confirming the fruit but the apples are spiced and there’s a slightly nutty, oxidized thing going. Alcohol seems elevated too. Loads of character. The color and oxidization suggested it was a combo of style and age; I figured 10-15 years. I vacillated between Alsatian Riesling GC or a Chenin from the Loire by a great producer. Ultimately, I called 2010 Savennières as it actually reminded me of Joly’s “Clos de la Bergerie”. LOL! Close!!! These Huet Sec’s age amazing 🥲. — 12 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Yeah, lots and lots of time appreciated.

Sébastien Fleuret

Léon Red Blend 2017

Vin der ikke findes mere. Sebastien Fleuret ville hellere være forskningschef i noget kedelig end at lave vin. Hvilken skam. Kæmpe hindbærsnitte. Syre. VA. Røde bær. Menthol. Uhørt let og elegant cab franc. ‘Muy bien.’ — 4 days ago

Foucher Lebrun

La Vigne aux Sandres Pouilly-Fumé Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Pale lemon with aromas of stone and citrus fruits with herb spice notes. On the palate flavors of apple and grapefruit with crisp acidity. Medium finish, ending with citrus, grassy herb, spice and smoky mineral character. — 2 days ago

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François Chidaine

Touraine Grolleau Blend Rose

Vintage 2019 | very good effort, unusual combination of grapes. Beautiful balance, nice bitters and good weight. Food rosé. - At restaurant Céline — 13 days ago

Aaron, Severn and 17 others liked this

Pierre Ménard

Laïka Val de Loire Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Vibrant, juicy, so fresh, alive!
Green apples, green grass, a hint of green apricot, some lemongrass. Highly enticing. Not flint like Sancerre, no exotic canned fruit like NZ. Fresh, green, grassy.
On the palate this has a round, slightly creamy mouthfeel but remains focused, light, appley juicy, vibrant. A slightly herby, salty bitter edge adds an interesting edge and a bit of nice complexity.
Closer to a Chenin Blanc (think Guiberteau) than a typical SB.
Slightly cloudy, incredibly drinkable.
This is a delightful discovery!
— 8 days ago

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Olga Raffault

Chinon Cabernet Franc Rosé 2019

Solid. Has the hint of herbaceousness one expects from Cab Franc. — 2 days ago

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Joseph Mellot

Le Clos du Pressoir Menetou-Salon Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Very chalky, and full of tension. Still quite young I would say, although the deep golden color and shy fruit (apple, pear, lemon) suggest it’s best consumed within the next year or two, three. Beautiful next to a starter with smoked salmon. — 6 days ago

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