Loire Valley

Loire Valley

It’s impossible to quantify, but there is soulfulness—you might even say honesty—to the wines of the Loire Valley. Muscadet presents some of the best values in French wine. Compare these zingy, mineral-driven pleasers to dry Riesling or Chablis. The towns of Chinon and Bourgeuil raise Cabernet Franc to some of its highest expressions as a stand-alone variety. Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé produce some of the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world—deep yet brisk, steely, and chalk full of minerality. Last but certainly not least is the Chenin Blanc from areas such as Vouvray, Montlouis-sur-Loire, Quarts-de-Chaume and others, with styles ranging from bone-dry to dessert sweet—and don’t forget about the bubbles!

It’s hard to think of any French wine region being “under the radar,” but the Loire Valley comes close, and that suits its fans just fine.

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  5. Domaine Huet Le Mont Vouvray Demi-Sec

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#52301

    RP9797 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Jul 2020
    The 2019 Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec is clear, fresh, deep and complex yet pure, fine, elegant and perfectly interwoven on the nose, where notes of crushed flint stones, limestones and concentrated citrus fruit aromas and even iodine notes are revealed. Very elegant and refined on the palate, this is a round, juicy, seductively fruity yet firmly structured and piquant Le Mont whose sweetness is captured by fine tannins and a sustainably dense, vital and salty finish. The 2019 Demi-Sec is a great Chenin and the finer Le Mont of the two, and it is doubtlessly a long-distance runner that should be cellared for at least a decade even though it’s hard to resist today. Impressive! 13.5% alcohol. 17,500 bottles made. Tasted in July 2020.
    VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2020
    The 2019 Demi-Sec Le Mont is a gorgeous expression of this site. In the Demi-Sec style, Le Mont naturally gains in volume and resonance, but it also has much more pronounced earthy, mineral inflections. Apricot, baked pear, marzipan, chamomile and lemon confit build into the bright, creamy finish. The 2019 is such a classy wine.
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    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#13187

    VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2020
    The 2018 Menetou-Salon Morogues Le Carroir is such a classy wine. Silex-rich soils yield a Menetou-Salon that is intensely mineral and airy, but partial vinification in oak complements that by adding texture through the middle. Orchard fruit, apricot, sweet white flowers, crushed rocks and white pepper are some of the many notes that grace this beguiling, intensely floral Menetou-Salon from Pellé.
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    On flinty soil, the vines of this parcel have produced a wine that is smoky, mineral and tight. The fruit is concentrated and structured, demanding further aging. Drink from 2021.
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  14. Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#55838

    VN95+95–97 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2021
    Just outside the village, Clos Guillot sits on a slope on clay over limestone. The 2019 Chinon is a serious barrel sample that melts in your mouth with its silken texture. No crushing, very little remontage and a year in used barrels all lend a very gentle touch. The tannins build gradually, coating the mouth with the finest of chalky textures. Excellent acidity keeps things fresh through the finish.
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