LOIRE VALLEY

REDS/ROUGE

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!

2017 DOMAINE LES HAUTES NOELLES GAMAY $12

bursting with fresh, ripe Gamay fruit that does well with a light chill.

2017 DOMAINE JACKY MARTEAU GAMAY "LuLu" $16

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

2015 DOMAINE HUARDS CHEVERNY $23

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.

 

 

WHITES/BLANC

 

2016 Domaine de La Renouere MUSCADET  Sevre et Maine $13

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

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 $12

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.

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.

2106 Domaine Daniel Crochet Sancerre Rose $19

Brilliant pale pink in color. The nose is beautiful, with aromas of red fruit. A lovely freshness; the structure and the fragrance are in perfect equilibrium.

2016 Domaine Pascal Balland Sancerre $22

2017 Jean-Marc Pastou "Les Boucaults" Sancerre $22

The return of our favorite Sancerre grower .

2017 SERGE LALOUE SANCERRE $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.

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.