Brilliant Wines of France's Loire Valley--More Popular than Ever!
Seems as if every time I turn around our Loire Valley section, both white and red, has been ravaged. I walk in after a couple days off, peruse the French department and the Loire racks look like a hockey player’s smile, full of empty spaces. I think that is so wicked cool. Most stores sell through the regular things, Bordeaux and Rhone Valley wines, but our incredibly cool customers devour grower Champagne, and gobs and gobs of Loire Valley wines. I brag to all my suppliers about you all. Believe that.
We just got in a few new whites and reds so I thought I’d be proactive and let everyone know right away, but keep in mind, my dear Loire loving customers, there are lots of you, so it’s best to get in, call to order or hop online and grab them while you can!
This bone-dry Chenin Blanc from the Anjou region in Loire Valley is not only super natural, as in farmed biodynamically, it is absolutely delicious to boot. The nose is bursting with apple cellar, dried honey and wet river stones. Silky and weighty in the mouth but with an equally sizable amount of zip and acid. The layers are ultra-compelling, taking you from earthy mushroom, to stone fruit, to lemon oil and back again. I would serve this with poached or grilled river fishes or grilled white meat as well as with aged goat cheeses.
$19.99 per bottle
We tasted this new import with one of our suppliers and knew instantly that we had to bring it in the shop. This is a lean, dry, Chenin Blanc for sure. More mineral and citrus than plushy fruit, though it offers under ripe apple and pear notes. Quite racy and mouth-watering, it raves creamy dishes to land upon. Slice some cheeses, get some pate or cured meat, even smoked fish and enjoy!
$18.99 per bottle
Whoa, that’s a mouthful of, “say what?!” isn’t it? Domaine De Berioles is located in the Loire Valley, in an obscure little region called Saint Pourcain, which if you look at a map of the Loire Valley might be hard to find as quite a few maps don’t even have it on there are the region did not receive it’s a.o.c. status until 2009. The tiny area is located on the western end of the Loire Valley, kind of out on its own beneath Sancerre and it is one of the very few places that grow the Tresaille grape. There are less than 30 hectares planted to Tresaille, not just in Saint Pourcain but in the world. So, this wine has curiosity factor at the very least. Amazingly fresh on the nose, like a cross between Picpoul, Chenin Blanc and Aligote. Vibrating with nervy acidity and packed with fresh cut greens and apples. So much fun, you'll be coming back for more!
$19.99 per bottle
2016 Jean-Marie Reverdy Sauvignon Blanc
There have to be no fewer than five Reverdy labels that we’ve known of and tasted but I confess that this Jean-Marie Reverdy was a new one for us. The fruit comes from just outside of Sancerre, but I would defy anyone to think it was anything but just that, Sancerre. Mineral rich, grapefruit, citrus oil, fresh cut grass with a scrape of lovely, balancing acidity. We were flatly stunned by the quality of this wine for this price. Load up. Make it your summer wine.
$13.99 per bottle
This pretty little Cabernet Franc is way more on the floral and dried herb end of the traditional Loire Valley Cabernet Franc spectrum. Less veggies and herbaceous, more violets and dried berries. Quite elegant on the palate with a lighter body and soft, supple tannin. Just a pleasure to drink and will hold up to grilled beef and pork but light enough to enjoy with hearty fowl dishes as well.
$14.99 per bottle
This domaine has somewhat of a cult following among the natural wine sect. Organic and biodynamically farmed Cabernet Franc that is full of cool flinty and dried wisteria notes. Ample and juicy with some interesting gamey and roasted vegetable flavors. The finish while bright goes on and on and there is a nice bite of firm tannin, making this a super agreeable food wine. Think beef, lamb, game birds or mushroom heavy dishes.
$25.99 per bottle
Another of the natural wine movement’s darlings, this is a classic introduction to natural wines. Wild, meaty, earthy, popping with dark fruit and barnyard. Deeply extracted Cabernet Franc with tons of mineral and intrigue. Might be a bit wild for some but we’ve had more and more interest in these natural wines so now we have another to offer.
$27.99 per bottle