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Whites of the Loire

Whites of the Loire

Three bottles of each of the Forges Chenin, Aumonier Touraine Sauvignon, Huchet Quinze Hommées, and Blanchet Pouilly-Fumé Les Silice, with a discount of just over 12.5%

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Forges, Chenin de Loire, 2022

We have been buying from Domaine des Forges for over twenty years. They make a terrific range of dry and sweet Chenin Blancs, plus reds too, all offering remarkable value. We loved this unoaked Chenin Blanc, its concentration and fat evidence of the hot and dry summer of 2022. Full of Seville orange and lime flavours, with just a hint of honey on the finish. Very classic and very delicious. Now-2024


ColourWhite

RegionLoire

GrowerForges

Grape VarietyChenin Blanc

Vintage2022

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFOR822

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...

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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 de l'Aumonier, Touraine Sauvignon, 2023

From organically farmed (and certified) vines, this is a long-established best-seller here, admired for its overt fruitiness – so there are tropical fruit notes alongside the more typical citrus flavours. Plenty of volume and mouthfeel. This makes a relaxing aperitif. Now-2025


ColourWhite

RegionLoire

Sub RegionTouraine

GrowerAumonier

Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc

Vintage2023

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

MethodOrganic

CodeAUM123

Style

Dry, Crisp

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

Sauvignon Blanc

Origins      

  • Probably in Bordeaux region
  • Parent of red grape Cabernet Sauvignon (established by DNA analysis)

Characteristics

  • Vigorous plant, so can be too leafy and overproductive
  • Aromas and flavours described as: herbaceous, grassy and nettley; Gooseberries; but can also show more tropical fruits...
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Jérémie Huchet, Muscadet, Les Quinze Hommées, 2022

One of Jérémie Huchet's "parcellaires", organically farmed, single vineyard wines. This is from vines in meagre sandy and stony soils over granite bedrock - known as the granite of Clisson. This is so exciting: creamy aromas are followed by a weighty, pear-accented mouthful cut by a vein of crystalline acidity. Intense and ageworthy. Now-2028


ColourWhite

RegionLoire

Sub RegionMuscadet

GrowerJeremie Huchet

Grape VarietyMelon

Vintage2022

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

MethodOrganic

CodeHUC422

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...

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Francis Blanchet, Pouilly-Fumé, Silice, 2022

From a small block on very flinty soils in the heart of the appellation, this is an intense and ageworthy wine. Smelling of citrus peel and hawthorn blossom, it’s intensely grapefruity. A splendidly long, steely finish, with a peppery sense of minerality, indicates its class. Now-2027
Year in, year out Francis Blanchet and his family create a wine that is so true to the appellation, and that really displays the illusive suggestion of gunflint, especially after a year or so in...

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ColourWhite

RegionLoire

Sub RegionPouilly-Fumé

GrowerFrancis Blanchet

Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc

Vintage2022

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeBLA222

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

Sauvignon Blanc

Origins      

  • Probably in Bordeaux region
  • Parent of red grape Cabernet Sauvignon (established by DNA analysis)

Characteristics

  • Vigorous plant, so can be too leafy and overproductive
  • Aromas and flavours described as: herbaceous, grassy and nettley; Gooseberries; but can also show more tropical fruits...
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Whites of the Loire

Three bottles of each of the Forges Chenin, Aumonier Touraine Sauvignon, Huchet Quinze Hommées, and Blanchet Pouilly-Fumé Les Silice, with a discount of just over 12.5%

Great choice of good-value wines in the January sales. The website is really easy to use to make up an order. Delivery, as is often the case, was within 24 hours and, as usual, was well-packed.

J Windle

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I've bought a couple of cases recently, and many more in years gone by, and have really enjoyed their selection. They have a good range of interesting wines from some classic and some more…

Nicholas S

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Judging by the wines I have had, someone is doing a very good job in selecting the wines to put before the public, and at a very fair price. Delivery from online purchases as also been quick and…

Brian K

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Great company with good service and good prices. Highly recommended.

Albert H

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One of my favourite independents. Been enjoying these special wines for more than 10 years. Always interesting choices, and always great value in the sales!

David M

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This was yet another quick and painless transaction, as I have come to expect from SV&S.

Richard T

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