Touraine, Loire Valley

Sophie and Thierry Chardon

Les Chardons Touraine Gamay 2018

A beautiful deep red wine. It opens with notes of red fruit: strawberry, raspberry, cherry. The attack is supple and beautiful freshness, the fruit is ripe on a beautiful intensity. supple and peppery finish.A fruity, crunchy wine. somewhere between Loire and Beaujolais — 10 days ago

romo, Dan and 1 other liked this

Domaine Huet

Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2017

Medium lemon; medium intensity aromas of quince, musky fruit, nectarine, melon, yellow pear, cider, honey; off dry, medium plus acid, medium alcohol, medium plus body, medium plus intensity flavors consistent with aromas; long finish, complex and concentrated, very good — 9 days ago

Paul, manyardo and 16 others liked this

Valerie Forgues

Sauvignon

Ted
9.0

Simple and extremely easy to drink. Very enjoyable with shrimp ceviche. — 13 days ago

Jeni
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Jeni, Dawn and 9 others liked this

Puzelat-Bonhomme

KO In Côt We Trust 2017

Excellent. Nuanced and assembled. Deep and slightly murky. Dark berries with the deepest of minerals over intense floral notes. Overperforms. — 2 days ago

Paul, David and 18 others liked this

Domaine de la Butte

Bourgueil Perrières Cabernet Franc 2016

Just an excellent bottle of Loire CF. Black raspberry. Savory and perfectly balanced to the point of chuggable. Some light musk and pyrazine well met by the fruit. Soft but persistent tannins. Longish finish without being glycerine. Nice wine — 5 days ago

Robert, Mike and 11 others liked this

Charles Joguet

Les Varennes du Grand Clos Chinon Cabernet Franc 2012

30+ minute decant. Dark red color. French terroir, bell pepper, and green elements on the nose. Wine has close to zero fruit, but an abundance of spice and vegetable flavors. Medium finish. Awesome QPR. — 12 days ago

Brooke Weaver Jakubowski
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Tom, Rob and 4 others liked this

Domaine Gigou

La Bulle Sarthoise Méthode Traditionelle Demi-Sec Pineau d'Aunis Rosé 2009

This is not the rosé! Hopefully that gets corrected shortly. How much love I have for red bubbles. My goth heart jetés. This is all dried herb drawer and dried jam jar. Like seriously the scent of an empty black currant jam jar. There is a hint of sour dairy beguiling me behind. Labeled as demi sec but feels quite dry to me. The tannins have a friendly grip like the soft side of a Velcro enclosure. — 10 days ago

Eric, Severn and 13 others liked this
Vasanth Balakrishnan

Vasanth Balakrishnan

Your last sentence was a brilliant simile to describe the tannins.

Olga Raffault

Les Picasses Chinon Cabernet Franc 2005

Stunning. Such a delicate bouquet of violet petals and graphite, spring flowers, earth, and tart cherries. Silky and elegant on the palate, where flavors of dusty minerals and just ripe black cherries mingle with the gentle tannins. These are some of my favorite aged wines- both sensual and cerebral at the same time. The 2005 is close to perfection at 14 years. — 2 days ago

Andrew, Ira and 4 others liked this

Domaine Bernard Baudry

Le Clos Guillot Chinon Cabernet Franc 2009

Nose of dried violet, fire roasted green bell pepper, earth, cherry, iron.

Raspberry, cherry, cranberry, and earth. Still great acidity with dusty, slightly astringent tannin. Love that lingering cranberry bitterness on the finish.

Wonderful stuff with all the classic Loire cab franc notes you know and love. Still a lot of structure there 10 years out. Could go longer to soften out and evolve.
— 12 days ago

Brooks DampmanScott Wren
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Scott, Carla and 2 others liked this

Domaine des Huards (Michel Gendrier)

Cuvée François 1er Vieilles Vignes Cour-Cheverny Romorantin 2015

Pinot Noir mainly and Gamay blend. Very nice 5 years natural wine, juicy, unfiltered, full and round. nice acidity bringing freshness associated wonderfully with a slight woody note. — 21 hours ago

Jean-Philip, Daniel and 2 others liked this