Loire Valley, France

Gilles Bonnefoy

Roussanne de Madone 2016

The aged gold color is very concerning, but the wine is fine. Roussanne frequently is like watching one of those films that jumps back and forth in time. Nose has marzipan, pungent lanolin, wet straw. Extraordinary minerality. On night 2, some white cherry fruit as well. It’s both youthfully vibrant yet almost with a solera-like nutty note in the mouth. Very nice acidity. Strangely, there’s more fruit on the finish than anywhere else. A very interesting wine. — 3 days ago

Severn, Dawn and 12 others liked this

Domaine Huet

Le Haut-Lieu Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2017

Sec. Still tight, but soooo good with a decant. Nose is flinty, palate is lush, with apricot bitter almond essence, grapefruit finish. Huet is a death row wine for me. — 3 days ago

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Larry, Chris and 8 others liked this
Josh Morgenthau

Josh Morgenthau

Death row wine for sure. Could die happy with a bottle of this.
Andrew Schirmer

Andrew Schirmer

@Josh Morgenthau indeed. The wife insists on Yquem “to sweeten the last moments” lol
Josh Morgenthau

Josh Morgenthau

@Andrew Schirmer and when you finish the Yquem you can decant Huet moelleux into the bottle and no one would be the wiser 😉

Thibaud Boudignon

Anjou Chenin Blanc 2017

Wine as art. Wine like the book you reread or the movie you rewatch and find something new each time, except with sips. I will restrain myself so I can try it over a couple days but ohhhh Boudignan how I love your work. Acid lasers cutting honeycomb onto beds of greens like lemon verbena composed in sheepskins (lanolin!) in a pear orchard. Rich complex and every sip is a new season in the orchard revealing new things. Omg this wine. It makes me MAD. Because I only got one bottle of it. — 2 days ago

Paul, Bob and 27 others liked this
Dennis P.

Dennis P.

@Ellen Clifford overs and overs, like the same dress in every review.
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@Dennis P. 🤣Well I have been wearing the same shirt for like a month now 😬
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@Trixie thank you! Hope you can try this wine sometime, it’s truly one of the best!

Daniel Sage

Roue libre n°18 Gamay 2018

Smooth and easy drinking Gamay. Has good structure with some tannins and acidity. Ton of red fruit and floral notes on the nose. — 8 days ago

Eric, Sharon and 17 others liked this

Domaine Huet

Le Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec Vouvray Chenin Blanc 1970

Aromatics are a bit subdued, but the palate certainly isn’t. Apples which seem as fresh as if they were picked yesterday along with some light almond notes. The finish is in possibly long and the amount of intact acid boggles the mind. Showing beautifully at 50. — 13 hours ago

Ryan, Peter and 30 others liked this

Mélaric

Clos de la Cerisaie Saumur Chenin Blanc 2013

Fabulous oaked chenin drinking beautifully right now. Brilliant light gold. Nose is honeyed resin, palate is puckering acid with oxidative notes, more honey. Medium finish. Yum. — 8 days ago

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Amr, Anthony De and 7 others liked this

Domaine Les Roches (Alain et Jérome Lenoir)

Chinon Cabernet Franc 2004

Enjoyable. Some pleasant chinon notes; black pepper and purple florals. But pretty rustic.. some volatile acidity. Not a bad value cellar wine. — 8 days ago

Jason, Ira and 8 others liked this

Foreau - Domaine du Clos Naudin

Vouvray Sec Chenin Blanc 2015

Muted aromatics of orange. Palate of apple and pear with a herbal overtone. Taught minerals and bright acid support it’s medium weight. Very dry, almost austere. Nevertheless a very distinctive wine just chocked full of style. Excellent with roasted chicken breast with truffle and confit chicken leg from Covid-19 take out from @Copine. — 5 days ago

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Robert, Ira and 10 others liked this

Alain Robert

Empreinte Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2017

Dan R
8.9

Rich and quite yeasty, an expressive, grippy chenin from a fantastic producer. Killer value at €11. Yellow fruit, citrus and herbs, rigid acidity. Almost too much on its own, needs some chicken in a cream sauce. A couple of years of softening will do it some good. — 6 days ago

Amr, David and 1 other liked this

Lamé-Delisle-Boucard

Cuvée Déchainée Bourgueil Cabernet Franc 2017

Cab Franc blend. Nice ruby color, must be aerated, barnyard smells abound. After about an hour you get mint, green leafs, sweet red fruit. Sweet berries are former in the pallet, counterbalanced by great acidity. It’s texture is composed, good transitions, light dry finish and soft tannings. Over all this is a great find and impressive for a Cab Franc. — 14 days ago

Ron, P and 2 others liked this