Pays Nantais, Loire Valley

Domaine de la Pépière

Clos des Briords Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Muscadet Sèvre & Maine Sur Lie Melon de Bourgogne 2021

Mineral, hay, smoke. Typical lemon notes. It shows fairly typically in terms of concentration for the variety, but it is an especially vivid, mineral and drinkeable wine, strong and primary in profile. Some pretty confectionary notes appearing after 24 hrs. Long mineral finish. — 16 days ago

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Domaine Huet

Le Mont Sec Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2021

Pretty darn special. — 2 days ago

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Domaine des Baumard

Savennières Chenin Blanc 2015

Quite nice. Medium gold color. Medium plus depth. Lemongrass, butter, popcorn, and camomile. Great QPR and Wine Spectator recommendation. — a month ago

Brooke Weaver Jakubowski
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Nicolas Joly

Les Vieux Clos Savennières Chenin Blanc 2018

Cathy Corison
8.9

Felicia Woytak/ Grandes Dames. WIW. My 4th, group 6th. Botrytis, honey. Slightly sweet — 14 days ago

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Nicolas Joly

Clos de la Bergerie Savennières Roche aux Moines Chenin Blanc 2014

Okay, so there are haters out there that don’t appreciate Joly’s approach to winemaking and question his vineyard practices. Something about his commitment to biodynamics and not doing his vineyards justice. Well, people are entitled their opinions and if those opinions keep his wines away from some people, that’s okay because it just means more for me. The 2014 Clos de la Bergerie is a wine of tremendous soul. For the uninitiated, it’s going to bend the mind. Visually, it pours an almost alarming, burnished gold color that is slightly turbid. On the nose and the palate, it’s a wonder. Bruised apples, marmalade, honeysuckle, lanolin…whoa. The acid makes the whole thing work so well. This is drinking really well right now but I expect these will drink well over the next 5-10 years…possibly more. These wines really need a crazy amount of air. Like…insane. I really wish I could drink them more often. Unfortunately, I’m not that privileged. — 9 days ago

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Ely Cohn

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Great write up. Adore Joly 💪
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@Ely Cohn thank you!

Nicolas Joly

Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières Chenin Blanc 2020

Medium gold, the nose explodes with precise aromas of honeysuckle, jasmine, lemon balm, white peach, yellow apple, nectarine, orange zest, pineapple, crushed rocks and a pinch of matcha. Bone dry and full-bodied, with a soft texture and bracing acidity, the 2020 Clos de la Coulée de Serrant from grand master Nicolas Joly closes with a long, lingering finish. This energetic wine is heavily loaded with fruit concentration and complexity, yet it has a striking freshness to it. Spectacular! Drink now until 2050. — 25 days ago

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I was considering opening a 2018 on Saturday. You might have convinced me to go along with that plan next weekend then 😊
Nicolas Greinacher

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Nice! But I can’t say if the 2018 is as approachable as was 2020 today.

Catherine et Pierre Breton

Trinch Bourgueil Cabernet Franc

Great Cab Franc from a great producer. A bitty of natty funk but also great nutty and black fruit notes on the nose. The taste is pretty classic bright red fruit with nice mineral notes and bit of black pepper on the end. — 5 days ago

Ginny Lewinski
with Ginny

Domaine de la Pépière

Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Melon de Bourgogne 2020

Pale straw hints of green, very neutral, white flowers, creme fraiche, salinity, lees, minerality, green apple, tart citrus, parsley, cilantro, residual gas, touch of phenolics. High acidity, 12%. Blinded this twice: called it Riesling first time and Chablis the second time in a month. 🤦‍♀️ — 2 months ago

Aravind, Douglas and 3 others liked this

Moulin Touchais

Coteaux du Layon Chenin Blanc 1993

Honeyed, fresh acidity, sweet marmalade and orange blossoms. Super long! — 14 days ago

Daniel P., Ericsson and 1 other liked this

Clos Rougeard

Les Poyeux Saumur Champigny Cabernet Franc 2008

Gor
9.5

Incredible wine. Slightly restrained nose of blackberries, cranberries, bell pepper, roses, baking spice, hint of pine and smoke. Wonderful persistence in mid palate. Fully dissolved tannins that carry the impression for more than a minute. Good shit. — 23 days ago

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