Loire Valley

Domaine de l'Ecu (Guy Bossard)

Invictus Red Blend 2015

Lyle Fass
9.5

Just a great wine. 100% amphorae aged and fermented Cabernet Franc from vineyards in Muscadet. Much more open than last bottle. Gorgeous pure berry fruit. Mid season cherry. Some cassis. Spice. Resin. Almost smells like an e an m Grand Cru. Unreal florals, herbals and spice. Sick nose 9.6 nose. Leather. So complex. Just sick. Just noticed 11.5% alcohol. Deep, tannic and ripe. Big tannins but so elegant and finesse driven. Obvious structure and tannins place all over the mouth. Sappy and barely sweet with immense power and depth. Concentrated tiny berry fruit. Juicy and pure. So long and deep but also has so much more fruit, structure and other good stuff in reserve. So good. — 5 days ago

Neil, Meg and 12 others liked this

Domaine Huet

Le Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2017

A beautiful study in balance. Indulgent tropical fruits and sharp, clarifying acid. — 2 days ago

Dawn, Hugh and 11 others liked this

Benoit Courault

Les Tabeneaux Anjou Cabernet Franc 2018

Stinky af- strong cowpie that mostly blew off by the end of the glass. Good stuff underneath. Silky with more fruit, like a mouthful of black raspberries and red currants. Savory/brothy finish and a whiff of pine and cab franc spice. — a day ago

Peter, Mark and 5 others liked this

Olga Raffault

Les Picasses Chinon Cabernet Franc 1989

My favorite vintage for this wine showing black fruits, cedar, earth, bell pepper, leather & tobacco. — 12 days ago

Ryan, Ira and 4 others liked this

Delecheneau (Coralie et Damien)

La Grange Tiphaine Clef de Sol Chenin Blanc 2017

The three I tried from Le Grange Tiphaine really put me in a chair. This though, is one of the best Loire expressions of Chenin I’ve ever come across. It’s rich, steely, textured, with smokey flinty, fresh (not baked) small stone fruits. Apricots, quince, pear. Wow. — 4 days ago

Eli, Severn and 22 others liked this
Dawn E.

Dawn E.

@Ely Cohn I want a glass!! You have wonderfully eclectic taste!
Ely Cohn

Ely Cohn

Thank you @Dawn E. You do too! Hope you can find some of this!

Domaine Philippe Tessier

Cheverny Pinot Noir Blend 2018

I lost my tasting notes but remember a very strong start, almost too strong for this Loire cab franc blend (cot?). Short decant will help. Very intense red fruits & a bit of currant. — 23 days ago

Jason, Severn and 4 others liked this

J. Mourat

J. Mourat Val de Loire Collection 2018

Spot on, beautiful expression of Chenin: bone dry, crisp & clean w/zippy acidity & pure apple/quince/pear trio on the nose, minerals, lean angular focused, not fooling around here, zero RS — 21 days ago

"Odedi", MaJ and 2 others liked this

Domaine La Grange Tiphaine

Nouveau Nez 2016

Candy for the Chenin freaks like me. Preserves varietal character better than most sparkling Vouvray. Off dry with about 14g of RS, all of which comes from pressed juice (no dosage). Baked red apple, blanched almonds, and spiced honey cake. Powerful big textures. — 13 days ago

Sharon, Alex and 20 others liked this

Domaine La Grange Tiphaine

Clef de Sol Cabernet Franc

These La Grange Tiphaine wines (import from Jenny and Francois) are a must. The most nuanced, wild, complex, elegant, unassuming profiles. This is meaty. It has all the bloody iron rich minerals you could ever want. Herbal and mushroomy with screeching grip. The most minimal pyrazine Cab Franc, if green bell pepper isn't your thing. — 7 days ago

David, Jae and 18 others liked this
Jay Kline

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Almost sounds more like a Syrah than Cabernet Franc but the way you describe it makes me definitely want to seek it out!
Ely Cohn

Ely Cohn

@Jay Kline that’s a great way to put it. It’s A foundation of cab franc - gravely red fruit - with the perfumed elegance of Rhône Syrah. Great stuff.

Alphonse Mellot

La Moussière Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Just terrific. Nose has the purest essence of ripe lemon-lime and crushed limestone. Not even a hint of unripe grass or cat pee. In the mouth, there is saliva-inducing bright but ripe acidity, and mouthfilling flavors. Gorgeous. — 6 days ago

Ron, Severn and 14 others liked this
Karen Tripson

Karen Tripson

I want to try it