Touraine, Loire Valley

Marie Thibault-Cabrit

Premier Nez Touraine 2015

Some pretty solid natty Chenin from Marie Thibauld in Touraine Azay le Rideau. First time trying this producer; have heard good things and am definitely not disappointed. Not dissimilar to a vinous equivalent to Basque cider; tangy and apple-y with great acidity. Bright in the glass with a medium (-) intensity straw-gold hue. Medium /medium (+) concentration of aromatics of tart green apple, oxidized apple juice, crushed wet flint, preserved lime, tarragon, hard cheese rind leesiness, lanolin, and some fresh jasmine. A bit of VA but in a small enough amount to be actually kinda enjoyable and provide some complexity and lift rather than come across as a distracting fault (and is probably partially responsible for my Basque cider comparison as well). On the palate, there's more tart green apple, wet flint, wooly lanolin character, and hard cheese rind, plus some underripe peach and citrus blossom.
High acid, dry, medium (-) body with a nice oily leesy texture, and the alcohol is medium and totally in balance. Nice length on the palate.
Pretty enjoyable stuff. Would love this with some fried chicken!
— 20 days ago

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Charles Joguet

Clos de la Dioterie Chinon Cabernet Franc 1997

Surprisingly vibrant fruit with a little fresh vine and habanero and a bit of ash, it is drinking incredibly well. — 7 days ago

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Olga Raffault

Les Picasses Chinon Cabernet Franc 2011

Is there a better wine for roast chicken than Loire cabernet franc? Rhetorical question, of course. 2011 so tight, even after two hour decant. It slowly unveils its charms, like Jo Fiennes unwinds Gwen Paltrow in the otherwise forgettable "Shakespeare in Love". Unlike that film, this has staying power. Stash away a case, it will develop beautifully over the next three decades. — 9 hours ago

Alsu Shakirova
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François Pinon

Silex Noir Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2015

Pale gold on the color. Moderate+ viscosity. Lots of ripe yellow apples, pears, white peaches, orange zest, slight botrytis and honey. Dry, pretty high acidity, almost tart apple and lemon, good minerals. The palate is very different from the nose. Very balanced and moderate+ finish. Absolutely love it! — 7 days ago

Ron, Phil and 12 others liked this

Charles Joguet

Les Varennes du Grand Clos Chinon Cabernet Franc 1996

A little darker and more herbal than the 1997 Dioterie, and with better structure holding it together, really impressive. — 7 days ago

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Eric, Daniel P. and 3 others liked this

Domaine Huet

Le Mont Sec Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2010

A bright, fresh nose. Very chenin- white flowers, apple, a bright oiliness and good minerality. Very polished and complete with a hint of residual sugar. Very good — 12 days ago

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Domaine des Huards (Michel Gendrier)

La Haute Pinglerie Cheverny Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Wooow mon meilleur Sauvignon.
Dingue !
Qu'il est étrange ce vin. Tellement différent.
Nez avec des notes de Jura.
Bouche sur une belle acidité et après 1 heure des notes beurrées légères arrivent.
À l'aveugle je partais sur un Chardonnay bizarre du Jura...
En fait, j'aime le Sauvignon quand il me fait penser à autre chose. ah ah ah :)
EDIT : après vérification c'est un assemblage Sauvignon-Chardonnay
— 5 days ago

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Château du Coudray

Reserve Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon Cabernet Franc 2014

A little on the tart side with a light body. Would be good with spicy BBQ ribs, or Thai food. SM 1st bottle corked. — 4 days ago

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Marc Brédif

Vouvray Petillant Blanc de Blanc

NV Petillant from the late 50s/early 60s, tasted alongside the 1961 Moelleux.

The former was an astonishing wine. A fantastically fine but virulent spritz despite it's almost 60'years under cork (which was protected by the mother of all hard plastic capsules). What a drink! Nose of freshly pressed apples, pear drops and blossoms, honeydew melon, and a great yellow floral note that binds it all together. There is a pleasant minerality to the palate which is ever so slightly off-dry, with almost sharp but perfectly balanced acidity.

I was actually dubious about this bottle partly because it had a lowish level (ca 5cm), but this time around it outshone the (also good) '61 Moelleux.
— 18 days ago

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Peter van den Besselaar

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Chenin is amazing

Domaine Bernard Baudry

Les Grézeaux Chinon Cabernet Franc 2012

I should have bought more. Funk, fruit and stones, beautifully integrated. — 4 days ago

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