Loire Valley

Château de Brézé

Crémant de Loire Chenin Blanc Blend

A sort of apricot forward, light frizzy marmalade herb, rosemary, mint bouquet. It’s subtle and almost graceful like a swan’s dance on the surface of water.

Love, love the unapologetic nature of the bubbles and effervescence. It’s the grand entrance to the ballroom. The backless gown that says I’m here because this party would not exist without me, or at least it would not be as great or fun or story-worthy. These are the jeans that are too tight, the pocket square that doesn’t match, the polka dot socks, the nose stud on the guy that’s got the best suit in the house, and just makes the whole damn thing work.

Drink it. Love it. Tell everyone.

Peach soda, light to medium body, umami and the tart sweetness of a ripe mango. Every magnetic sip bursting with pure discovery and, most of all, the thing people forget in high culture, regular old fun.
— 3 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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You had me at backless gown.

Domaine de l'Aujardière (Eric Chevalier)

Vin de Pays du Jardin Fié Gris 2017

Almost like a cross between a Loire SB and a Gruner. Lots of green herb and vegetal notes with kiwi, lime, and underripe mango. Piercing, mouth watering acid that could be too much for some. Very good. — 3 days ago

Michael, Jay and 8 others liked this

Domaine Huet

Le Mont Sec Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2006

Petrol, honeysuckle, dried yellow flowers, hay. Ethereal. The lightest bit of RS. Still very alive, in fact, I’d say this is at its peak. Sad that this is my last bottle. — 11 days ago

Amr, Severn and 30 others liked this
Aravind Asok

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What a great age to drink that bottle! Sounds fantastic.
Josh Morgenthau

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@Aravind Asok Definitely a desert island wine for me! Perfect thing to forget about for a decade if you have the space.

Domaine de la Taille aux Loups

Les Hauts de Husseau Montlouis-sur-Loire Chenin Blanc 2016

Nice nose of white fruit, apples and some honey. The wine shows a nice minerality, freshness and elegance with a good tension, purity of fruit, balance and delicious. Nice value and a good change from Chard. 90-91

Nez de fruits blancs, pomme, un peu de miel. Bouche avec une belle minéralité, fraîcheur et élégance, acidité avec une belle tension appuyée, fruit pur, équilibrée et savoureuse. Bon rapport QP.
— 5 days ago

Aaron, Jim and 11 others liked this

Domaine Bernard Baudry

Chinon Blanc Chenin Blanc 2018

Beautiful apple cider color.

Straight up mangoes. Pineapples. An effervescence in the nose that cannot be pinpointed. Almost like the spindrift of a cresting wave colored sweet with bee pollen and honey.

Honeyed lavender, citrus peel. This is a Chenin Blanc I’d bring to the beach in the heat, toss a football around, and introduce the bros to a wine that could rival, I hate to say it, a mango white claw. I mean it’s a great picnic wine, too. Or a cheese wine. But convincing bros to drink a Chenin Blanc is a challenge I will accept any day. Now if only I could get to a beach without having to wear a face mask.

It’s a bit on the sweeter side without the bubbles to round it out, but the tropical fruit notes are killer enough to hit the 9s.
— a day ago

Mike, Dawn and 5 others liked this

Domaine de la Haut Olive

Le Chêne Vert Chinon Cabernet Franc 2017

Physically Distanced 🚧 but Socially Close 🤗 Birthday Party 🥳 for one of our dear friends.
Notes may be light, scores will be honest. 💯🤪
— 4 days ago

Meg, Dawn and 31 others liked this

Domaine de la Fruitière

Val de Loire Sauvignon 2018

Trying some “natural”wines and enjoyed this Sauvignon Blanc. Light, with definite honey and citrus notes in the nose. Kept trying to get mineral tones but the honey really comes through strong. Refreshing mid palate and finish to this wine and a lower alcohol content. Worth having again. — 2 days ago

Ron, Ericsson and 1 other liked this

Emille Balland

En attendant Les Beaux Jours Vin de Pays du Val de Loire Red Blend

Sun striking the elixir, a rainbow of gold and straw in the glass.

Melon, limestone, and grapefruit rind in the nose.

Subtle, slight carbonation and an ease in drinkability.

Lemon zest, yellow zucchini, grapefruit, and the essence of Mandarin oranges balance for a pleasurable drinking experience. Great with 1000 day aged gouda and cuts the heat of mango habanero cheddar nicely.
— 9 days ago

Ron, Neil and 4 others liked this

Francois et Julien Pinon

Pétillant Naturel Loire Valley Côt Grolleau Rosé

What flat out gorgeous Petnat! A 50/50 blend of Côt (basically Malbec) and Grolleau. It presents itself as a stunning, bright coral color in the glass. On the nose, strawberries; the loveliest of strawberries! On the palate, strawberries and a touch of meringue. Incredible body with a creaminess on the finish that is really compelling. The finish lasts for over a minute. 3300 bottles made. I needed this in my life today. — 19 days ago

Andrew, Eric and 21 others liked this

Domaine Courtault-Tardieux

Touraine Vendages Manuelles Pineau d'Aunis Rosé 2015

Terrific SB from the Loire has the gooseberry and flint flavors you want. Lacking the mouthfeel of a Sancerre. — 17 days ago

Ron, Kyle and 1 other liked this