Amboise, Touraine

Domaine La Grange Tiphaine

Coralie & Damien Delecheneau Rosé Blend

Tastes like the non-alcoholic sparkling cider you get at thanksgiving. So v tasty. — 20 days ago

Domaine Bernard Baudry

Les Grézeaux Chinon Cabernet Franc 2018

Brilliant magenta. Maybe the most delicious young Chinon (or cab franc for that matter) I’ve ever tasted. Pure varietal character with no compromises— all the freshness, lightness and peppery bite one wants— yet with perfect ripeness. And by that I mean this hovers on that magical edge where the grapes must have been picked at the ideal moment, down to the minute, to produce something not just giving but with all sorts of push and pull. Flirtatious, seductive.
The fruit and flowers are achingly fresh: black raspberries, red and black currants, elderberry, violets, roses, fresh herbs, and an ever so slight cocoa sweetness. Spot on acid and the tannins are handled so deftly that you hardly notice.
I can’t get enough of this. Masterful wine, drinking beautifully but should only get better.
— 9 days ago

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Francis le cave

Francis le cave

@Josh Morgenthau Baudry is the producer that dominates the bottle count in my cellar. Grézeaux ages beatifully. Recently, I oppened an 2005, and it was stunning. A few times, I participated in blind tastings with top Loire CF , including Rougeard, Guiberteau, Joguet and Alliet, and Baudry always finished in the top 3. Amazing QPR!
Josh Morgenthau

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@Francis le cave I’m with you there! The Baudrys probably outnumber all of red burgundy in my cellar. Actually, the producer holds a special significance for me; one of my fondest memories is visiting the domaine and tasting the 2005s with Mathieu on the trip that I credit with sparking my love of wine about 13 years ago. I returned to the states with an extra suitcase of Chinon!

Domaine La Grange Tiphaine

Bel Air Touraine Amboise Chenin Blanc 2018

Green apple, lemon zest, walnut skin, smoke, lentil, and beeswax. Searing acidity. Called it a Hunter Semillon in a blind tasting, ugh. Never would have expected it to be of 14% alcohol! — 24 days ago

Couly-Dutheil

Clos de l'Echo Chinon Cabernet Franc 2016

Lyle Fass
9.3

After having a 97 I wanted to check out a promising young vintage. Stunning nose or cigar, ash, beautiful herbals, tree bark, grassy field, black currant, smells like 1940’s St. Estephe. Very foresty. Love it. Palate is fresh and energetic and so young. Really young. Needs 10+ years. At least. Big tannins. Good red and black cassis fruit but so young and unformed. It’s all there. — 9 days ago

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Charles Joguet

Les Petites Roches Chinon Cabernet Franc 2018

I was charmed by this from the minute it was opened. Aromatically, this is powerful enough that it overwhelms the senses each time you raise the glass, but the details are all nuance and finesse. The palate is quite similar. Ripe cherry notes, but a beautiful weight makes this a joy to drink. Beautiful. — 8 days ago

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Domaine Huet

Réserve Brut Vouvray Pétillant Chenin Blanc 2009

Great aged chenin notes right off the bat. Hay, mushroom, wet wool and beeswax. Then as it opens up it is floral with acacia and white flowers. Quite dry with huge saline minerality and biting acid. High tone and pretty though could use more time to mellow. I’ll likely wait another 5 years on the next bottle. — 9 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Very nice, I'm still holding some of these with even more bottle age.
Josh Morgenthau

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@Severn Goodwin Awesome. Sounds like the right move! I have two more of these... probably should have bought more.

Noëlla Morantin

Stella Maris Sauvignon 2018

Sauvignon Blanc in a sun dress. Freedom to move. This is wild reductive lemon and white flowers and ripe tropicals. Sturdy but with viscosity and of course, plenty of acid. — 19 hours ago

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Domaine des Mazelles

Thézée Touraine Chenonceaux White Blend 2018

Full on flagrant delight. This Sauv B will be as it wants to be. Which is surprisingly full and tropical for a Loire Sauv. — 13 hours ago

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Famille Bougrier (Domaines Bougrier)

Grande Reserve Vieilles Vignes Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2019

This is a very tasty Chenin Blanc from France. Showing honey, yellow apples, apricots, tropical fruits and spices.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity.

Semi sweet on the palate and very tasty.

Nicely balanced with a slight buttery feel. Nice and elegant.

I've had a few different vintages before, and it keeps on being consistent and yummy.

12% alcohol by volume.

90 points.
— 9 days ago

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Domaine Delaille

Delaille Cheverny White Blend 2019

ESF
9.1

Whatever the blend composition: SB dominates. Greenish yellow hued in color, intense vivid aromatics of lime & grapefruit, grassy, herbaceous, straw mingled w/ apple, flowers and candied pineapple. Searing acidity and bone dry. This wine packs a punch - caught me by surprise when we only envisioned a mere aperitif! — 9 days ago

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Peter Sultan

Peter Sultan

Sauvignon Blanc & Chard-& I too was caught off guard, gave it same score funnily enough@ESF