2017 DOMAINE LES HAUTES NOELLES GAMAY $12
bursting with fresh, ripe Gamay fruit that does well with a light chill.
2015 CHARLES JOGUET CHINON "Cuvee Terroir" $24
2016 CHATEAU DU PETIT THOUARS CHINON “Les Georges” $18
“Les Georges” is produced entirely from the free-run juice of the younger vines of Cabernet Franc, and is vinified and aged in steel tank. This cuvée comes primarily from “Les Plantes,” the thirteen hectares of Cabernet Franc immediately behind (to the west of) “Le Clos” which Sébastien’s father planted between 1978 and 1988. Far from a simple gulper, however, “Les Georges” is classic Chinon in its marriage of vibrant fruit, honest tannins, and refreshing earth-mineral interplay.
2015 DOMAINE DE LA PETITE MARIE BOURGUEIL $25
2017 CHATEAU DE MINIERE "Rouge de Miniere" BOURGUEIL $16
2015 CHATEAU SOUCHERIE ANJOU $19
This lively, fruity red retains a strong minerality to its finish that lends class and balance to this simple and reasonably priced wine. Cabernet Franc forms the backbone of this wine (90%) but is blended with a touch of Grolleau (10%). The vines are planted to gravel and schist soils. The elevage is in cuve on the fine lies for approximately eight months.
2016 DOMAINE LA BONNELIERE SAUMUR-CHAMPIGNY $19
André Bonneau and his wife created Domaine la Bonnelière in the town of Varrains, the heart of the Saumur-Champigny appellation, in 1972 with just a few hectares of vines. Today, their children Anthony and Cédric represent the 5th generation of the family. They have increased the size of the domaine to 40 hectares of prime vineyards and gained international acclaim for their wines. The Bonneaus are vigorous proponents of biodiversity in their vineyards and plant grass between all the rows. No herbicides and chemical products are used. The Saumur-Champigny Tradition is a selection of very ripe and healthy fruit from 20-year-old vines across the domaine’s holdings on southwest facing slopes. 100% Cabernet Franc
2015 DOMAINE HUARDS CHEVERNY $23
2016 DOMAINE PASCAL BELLIER CHEVERNY $18
80% Pinot Noir, 20% Gamay
The vines average age is 20 years old and are planted on 10ha of siliceous clay and limestone soils. Harvested in mid-September with a maceration period of 15 days followed by fermentation in stainless steel lasting 15 days. Aged for 3-4 months in stainless steel tank and filtered. Certified Sustainable.
2014 DOMAINE PHILIPPE GILBERT MENETOU SALON $29
Hand-harvested Pinot Noir undergoes a maceration of three weeks at which point it is racked into conical-shaped barrels to pass its malolactic fermentation and spend eighteen months in elevage on the fine lees before bottling. 100% Pinot Noir with the average age of the vine 35 years.
2017 Vignobles Gibault Sauvignon Blanc $12
2016 Patient Cottat “Le Petit Caillou” Sauvignon Blanc $13
2016 Domaine de La Renouere MUSCADET Sevre et Maine $13
2017 Domaine Les Hautes Noelles MUSCADET "Sur-Lie" " $15
Here’s a challenge: scour the world for a riper, more concentrated, more explosively flavorful and joyous Muscadet than Hautes Noelles. You won’t be able to find one! From his 24 hectares of vineyard land centered in the Cotes de Grandlieu sub-zone, proprietor Serge Batard crafts staggeringly intense Muscadet that nonetheless displays all the zingy acidity and palpable minerality you’d expect from this seaside appellation. By working the soils throughout the vegetation cycle, they are able to avoid the use of chemical fertilizers and weed killers in the vineyards. Prolonged lees aging and bottling without racking give the wines extra texture and richness. Furthermore, Batard vinifies his parcels separately, harvesting by hand and blending just before bottling for maximum control over the final wine. Truly stupendous quality here!
2014 Domaine Michel Bregeon GROS PLANT du Pays Nantais $16
this is what Muscadet used to taste like 20 years ago. Bone dry-super crisp and minerally.
2016 Monmosseau "Ammonite" Vouvray $17 ORGANIC
The Monmosseau family have been cultivating Vouvray for two centuries. Soft and creamy with green apple aromas, toasted nutty notes and a rich honey texture, this wine is deep and sophisticated. It is balanced with brisk acidity and a clean refreshing finish.
2016 Roc au Chien Cheverny Blanc $18
2016 LES CHARDONS SAUVIGNON BLANC TOURAINE “les Chardons”$15 ORGANIC
The 2016 is bright and vibrant, driven by it's acidity, but with a tasty and slightly salty minerality on the finish and a richer rounder texture than most Touraine. The flavors were all cleanly expressed and had good definition. There was also a whiff of spicy aromatic herbs that added another dimension. This will be a great refreshment this spring/summer.
2016 Chateau Soucherie Anjou Blanc $19
The grapes, 100% Chenin Blanc, are sourced from the vineyard site “Les Rangs de Longue” which is on the northern part of the estate but with south-southeastern exposure. The soil is a mix of clay and sand and limestone with some schist. The wine is vinified totally dry in cuve and aged on the fine lies for eight to nine months before being bottled. Absolutely brilliant Chenin Blanc.
2017 Marc Deschamps Pouilly-Sur-Loire $20
2017 Domaine Reverdy-Ducroux "Les Vigne Silex" Sancerre $22
So good so classic Sancerre for a great price.
.2017 Serge Laloue Sancerre $26
This guy (Serge Laloue) rocks with this full flavored, zippy Sauvignon Blanc from old-vines
2016 Lucien Crochet Sancerre $27
2014 MARC DESCHAMPS POUILLY FUME "PORCHERONNES" $27
This cuvée is a blend of wine from several sites scattered on the hilltop of Les Loges, specifically “La Cote”, and “Les Griottes”. These are some of the younger vines of the estate, now (2012) averaging 20 years of age. This is the most elegant and sprightly of the quartet of Pouilly Fumés produced by Deschamps.
2017 Domaine Marcel Langoux Pouilly Fume $25
Created in 1895 by Jean Louis LANGOUX, barrel maker, the estate is now owned and operated by the 4th generation of the LANGOUX family. Located on the Pouilly Fume terroir, and owning 18ha on this appellation (only planted with sauvignon blanc), the family focuses on providing the market with high quality Pouilly Fume, reflecting the distinctive characteristics of this terroir.