2016 CHAIS SAINT-LAURENT CHINON "LA VIGNE EN VERON"$15
Sappy fruit, snappy acidity and juicy dark red fruits. This Chinon is a remarkable value!
2015 CHARLES JOGUET CHINON "Cuvee Terroir" $24
2015 DOMAINE DE LA PETITE MARIE BOURGUEIL $25
2015 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.
2014 COMPLICES DE LOIRE "Les Roches Celestes" SAUMUR-CHAMPIGNY $15
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
2016 JULIAN BARAUD "Forty Ounce" GAMAY $18 (liter bottle)
Too good to be true? Nope out of this world Gamay. Bio-dynamic
2015 DOMAINE LES HAUTES NOELLES GAMAY $14
2015 DOMAINE HUARDS CHEVERNY $23
2016 PATRICIA & BRUNO DENIS SAUVIGNON BLANC $15
With a pale yellow color, this wine is expressed intensely on white flowers with a hint of citrus. The palate combines flexibility, scale and finesse on blackcurrant bud notes. The finish is fresh and minty. Very aromatic wine with a long finish. Aged in stainless steel tanks .
2015 La Berriere MUSCADET "Sur-Lie" $12
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.
2014 Complices de Loire "Pointe de Silex" Vouvray $17
2016 Monmosseau "Ammonite" Vouvray $17
2016 Roc au Chien Cheverny Blanc $18
2016 LES CHARDONS SAUVIGNON BLANC TOURAINE “les Chardons”$15
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 Domaine Jacky Marteau Sauvignon Blanc "Lulu" Touraine $15
The vines are planted on some of the finest sites in Touraine, on the South bank of the river Cher, on siliceous-argil (clay and flint) soil.
(There is not an exact word or translation in English for the word Terroir. Just know that the terroir is actually a “mix” of the soil, the slope and the microclimate of a piece of land. The location from the river, the air circulation, everything matters and is part of the Terroir. )
2016 Villargeau Coteaux du Giennois Blanc $17
This 100% Sauvignon Blanc is like a "poor mans" Pouilly Fume. Crisp and steely. From the AOC, Coteaux dy Giennois.
2015 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.
2016 Lucien Crochet Sancerre $30 $16(.375ml)
2016 Domaine Pascal Balland Sancerre $22
2017 Jean-Marc Pastou "Les Boucaults" Sancerre $22
The return of our favorite Sancerre grower .
2016 Roger Minet Pouilly Fume "Vieille Vignes" $26
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.