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Spring into the Loire

Spring into the Loire

Three dry whites, two reds and a sparkling wine.

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Le Colombier, Touraine Sauvignon, 2021

Gooseberry scent - and gooseberry on the palate too, along with notes of crisp pineapple and kiwi fruit. With a lemony finish, this is correctly zippy. Now-2023.


ColourWhite

RegionLoire

Grape VarietySauvignon

Vintage2021

ABV12.5%

CodeCOL121

Style

Dry > Sweet

Loire Valley

In early February I undertook our annual visit to the wine fair in Angers, escaping the snow which engulfed much of the UK during that week.

This is the yearly opportunity for the vast majority of vignerons in the Loire valley to show off their latest offerings to the rest of the world. The early season’s weather in 2008 was not kind, with variously frost, hail and torrential...

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Cabernet Sauvignon

The most prestigious red grape?

Origins

  • Bordeaux region, as a natural cross of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc (established 1997 by DNA analysis)
  • Was known as Vidure or Petit-Vidure
  • Spread throughout left bank of Bordeaux, supplanting white grapes

Characteristics   

  • Fairly easy to grow: hardy, buds...
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Domaine de la Chauvinière, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie, 2020

Muscadet, grown at the mouth of the Loire (where the climate isn't that dissimilar to Cornwall) is the traditional French accompaniment to Atlantic oysters and other seafood. From low yielding vines on the estate's classic granitic soils - with a little clay. Open, generous mouthful with lemon and pear fruit, crisp and mouthwatering with textbook zest and balance, and a dry, gently saline finish. Now-2022
It is hard to believe when meeting Jérémie Huchet that he has been...

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ColourWhite

RegionLoire

Sub RegionMuscadet

GrowerDomaine de la Chauvinière

Grape VarietyMelon de Bourgogne

Vintage2020

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeHUC120

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Loire Valley

In early February I undertook our annual visit to the wine fair in Angers, escaping the snow which engulfed much of the UK during that week.

This is the yearly opportunity for the vast majority of vignerons in the Loire valley to show off their latest offerings to the rest of the world. The early season’s weather in 2008 was not kind, with variously frost, hail and torrential...

Discover More Loire Valley

Forges, Chenin de Loire, 2021

Apple-scented; and red-apple flavoured. Dry but juicy; and flowers on the palate. An unexpected delight, delivering fruit and weight. Now-2023.


ColourWhite

RegionLoire

GrowerForges

Grape VarietyChenin Blanc

Vintage2021

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFOR821

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Loire Valley

In early February I undertook our annual visit to the wine fair in Angers, escaping the snow which engulfed much of the UK during that week.

This is the yearly opportunity for the vast majority of vignerons in the Loire valley to show off their latest offerings to the rest of the world. The early season’s weather in 2008 was not kind, with variously frost, hail and torrential...

Discover More Loire Valley

Chenin Blanc

Origins

  • Anjou in the Loire, where documented in the 9thC
  • Also known as Pineau in the Loire, Steen in South Africa

Characteristics   

  • Naturally productive and high yielding
  • Huge range of styles:  bone dry (e.g. Savennières); off-dry (e.g. old fashioned South African "Steen"); medium dry (e.g....
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Domaine des Forges, Anjou Rouge, 2021

Pure Cabernet Franc, unoaked. We always enjoy this wine for its honest, slatey character (weirdly enough it’s grown on greyish shale), that mineral expression of Loire Cabernet Franc, but this vintage it seems to have an extra dollop of juicy black fruit. Deeply hued, offering a primary fruit perfume of cherries and plums, it’s supple, and surprisingly ripe and fleshy for the price. Lightly chill and bring on some cold cuts and charcuterie. Brilliant at this price. Now-2024

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ColourRed

RegionLoire

GrowerForges

Grape VarietyCabernet Franc

Vintage2021

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeFOR121

Style

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Loire Valley

In early February I undertook our annual visit to the wine fair in Angers, escaping the snow which engulfed much of the UK during that week.

This is the yearly opportunity for the vast majority of vignerons in the Loire valley to show off their latest offerings to the rest of the world. The early season’s weather in 2008 was not kind, with variously frost, hail and torrential...

Discover More Loire Valley

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Francis a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon.

A cross of it with Sauvignon Blanc resulted in Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc tends to be softer and has less tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon, although the two can be difficult to distinguish. Many of the red wines of the Loire are primarily Cabernet Franc.

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Domaine de la Guilloterie, Saumur-Champigny, Tradition, 2018

Unoaked, enticingly dramatic purple, with a perfume made up of berries and roses, this is richly black-fruited, silky, with attractive chalky and leafy hints. Long and complete, a winner again. A match made in heaven for roast ham. Now-2024Saumur-Champigny is a very fashionable appellation in France, leading to price inflation, but it is still possible to find value. This is the Duveau family's principal wine at Guilloterie.


ColourRed

RegionLoire

GrowerDomaine de la Guilloterie

Grape VarietyCabernet Franc

Vintage2018

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeGUL318

Style

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Loire Valley

In early February I undertook our annual visit to the wine fair in Angers, escaping the snow which engulfed much of the UK during that week.

This is the yearly opportunity for the vast majority of vignerons in the Loire valley to show off their latest offerings to the rest of the world. The early season’s weather in 2008 was not kind, with variously frost, hail and torrential...

Discover More Loire Valley

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Francis a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon.

A cross of it with Sauvignon Blanc resulted in Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc tends to be softer and has less tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon, although the two can be difficult to distinguish. Many of the red wines of the Loire are primarily Cabernet Franc.

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Diamant, Cremant de Loire, NV

An easy-drinking, light, perfectly clean and fresh sparkling wine from Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay - produced in the same way as Champagne (i.e with a secondary fermentation in the bottle to create the fizz). Ripe, gently appley fruit, lightly creamy, with a little structure too. Easy to like, and classier than a lot of Prosecco. Now-2022Sparkling wine has been produced in Saumur in the same way as Champagne (i.e with a secondary fermentation in the bottle to create the fizz) since the early...

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ColourWhite

StyleSparkling

RegionLoire

Sub RegionAnjou-Saumur

GrowerCaves de la Loire

Grape VarietyChenin Blanc & Chardonnay

VintageNV

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeDIA1NV

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Loire Valley

In early February I undertook our annual visit to the wine fair in Angers, escaping the snow which engulfed much of the UK during that week.

This is the yearly opportunity for the vast majority of vignerons in the Loire valley to show off their latest offerings to the rest of the world. The early season’s weather in 2008 was not kind, with variously frost, hail and torrential...

Discover More Loire Valley

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most-widely planted varieties in the world.

Arguably not the most characterful grape, hence its common ageing in oak, yet at its pinnacle in Burgundy it produces some of the greatest (and certainly most expensive) white wines in the world. Look out for unoaked Chardonnay, it can make a pleasant change, and usually goes down very well with all those people who...

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Spring into the Loire

Three dry whites, two reds and a sparkling wine.

More delicious wine from Stone Vine and Sun. Highly recommended.

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