Touraine, Loire Valley

Domaine Bernard Baudry

Les Grézeaux Chinon Cabernet Franc 2021

Day 2 transformation. Pure gravel dust on the nose. Much more suave mouth feel. Mineralality. Raspberry. Dark fruits, and a little bret. Light to medium body. Cellar temp it’s really nice. — 15 days ago

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Olga Raffault

Les Picasses Chinon Cabernet Franc 2014

Cherry tobacco cedar bacon smoke baking spice — 22 days ago

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Nicolas Joly

Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières Chenin Blanc 2010

A buddy brought out this bottle of 2010 Clos de la Coulée de Serrant to help toast a great achievement this past weekend. One can probably imagine my excitement as I’m a massive fan of these wines by Nicolas Joly. However, I feel compelled to admit that these wines are not for everyone. They vary wildly from one vintage to the next and there can often be quite a bit of bottle variation to boot. None of this has swayed me from my position; that these are amongst the most exciting, singular expressions of a place that I have ever experienced.

Popped and poured. The 2010 pours a deep golden color with medium+ viscosity and no signs of particles or gas. On the nose, the wine is redolent of white tree flowers, desiccated apples and apricots with orange marmalade, honey, lanolin, marzipan and light clove. On the palate, the wine is dry with borderline high acid that is somewhat masked by the equally high alcohol (15%). Confirming the notes from the nose. The finish is long and remarkably rich with wooly, unctuous texture. The high alcohol only becomes apparent as the finish lingers but there is so many other more fascinating things for me than to get distracted by it. Is it oxidative or not? That’s an argument that other people can have. I’m content to simply appreciate these wines for what they are. You can drink these now but knowing how these react favorably to air, it’s probably best to open it well in advance and probably even better to decant. Otherwise, I would expect sound, well-stored examples to live through 2040.
— 5 days ago

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Jay Kline

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@Lyle Fass I can only imagine. @Ely Cohn shared his experience with me which was, in its own way, surreal.
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Domaine Huet

Le Mont Sec Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2021

Jan A
9.4

Just love the piercing acidity of these Huet wines, yellow chamomile flowers, hey and the precision of the whole thing together. — 20 days ago

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Sounds like it’s right up my alley!

Champalou

Vouvray Chenin Blanc

Reliable, balanced acidity and fruit. $22 on March 2024.  — 15 days ago

Catherine et Pierre Breton

Trinch Bourgueil Cabernet Franc 2021

Textbook #loirevalley #cabernetfranc, this one from #touraine ; It was late in the evening after happy hour so notes are a bit more approximate than usual. 😜 Pyrazines active, green pepper notes, shy black/purple fruit, soft tannins and a vegetal earthiness on the palate. It could have been served cooler by the bar but nice night cap nonetheless. — 2 months ago

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Domaine Huet

Le Haut-Lieu Sec Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2022

Lemon soda on palate. Delicious. Mineral. Bright. Not super complex. Long. — 18 days ago

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Catherine et Pierre Breton

Les Perrières Bourgueil Cabernet Franc 2018

oh wow 😍 maybe I’m becoming a Loire Cab Franc girl — 19 days ago

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Foreau - Domaine du Clos Naudin

Vouvray Sec Chenin Blanc

Perfect pairing with crab cakes. 3/31/24 — 13 days ago

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Edmond Vatan

Clos La Néore Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Focused, linear, saline, racy with good mineral & acid — 15 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Oh damn! 👍