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Loire Valley

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  • Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2018, Ch. du Coing de St. Fiacre, 12% vol, 75cl

    Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2018, Ch. du Coing de St. Fiacre, 12% vol, 75cl

    LV03

    Château du Coing is located in the village of Saint Fiacre, in the Sèvre et Maine district of Muscadet.

     

    Sèvre et Maine is acknowledged to be the best district in which to grow Muscadet, or Melon de Bourgogne as the variety is also known. These two rivers moderate the cool temperatures which is important at this northerly latitude and the distinctive gneiss soils give a particularly racy, fragrant style of Muscadet. The vines are on average 65 years old.

     

    Only stainless steel was used to ferment and age this wine. However, it qualifies as Muscadet `Sur Lie` due to the six months` ageing on its fine lees after the fermentation. This adds body, richness and longevity to the pure, citrus fruit; a serious wine with firm structure and good depth results.

     

    This wine is appreciated for its young, vivid, dry and fruity side that makes it the perfect companion to seafood. A delicate, pale lemon colour with light floral aromas of jasmine, pear and lightly toasted bread. The palate is juicy with pure, citrus fruit character and a long, fine-textured finish.

    £12.60

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    Saumur Champigny 2018, Château de Villeneuve, Jean-Pierre Chevallier, 13.5%vol, 75cl

    Saumur Champigny 2018, Château de Villeneuve, Jean-Pierre Chevallier, 13.5%vol, 75cl

    LVR04

    The estate has been making wine since 1577 and is now run by Jean-Pierre Chevallier, a 4th generation winemaker who used to teach oenology at Bordeaux University before returning to his family’s stunning property.

     

    The Château has 25 hectares of chalky soils all surrounding the Château overlooking the Loire. There are 5 hectares of Chenin. The rest is Cabernet Franc.

     

    The reds are given part-barrel ageing in 250 litre and 500 litre demi-muids. The wines are bottled unfined and with no filtration. Quite lovely Saumur Champigny full of ripe and juicy fruit and delicious texture.

    £15.24

  • Vouvray Sec “Cuvée Silex” 2018, Vigneau-Chevreau, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Vouvray Sec “Cuvée Silex” 2018, Vigneau-Chevreau, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    LV17

    The Vigneau brothers, Christophe and Stéphane, have 30 hectares of Chenin Blanc grown on prime Vouvray vineyards spread over a variety of sites.

     

    The delicious, minerally Vouvray Sec “Cuvée Silex” is from flint (silex) and clay soils. Silex is considered the finest soil type for the Chenin Blanc in this part of the Loire Valley.

     

    Pale straw in appearance, the nose has a lovely blend of herby notes, green apple freshness and just a touch of honey. The palate is dry with apple flavours, brilliant zesty structure and a very long finish.

     

    The late Jean-Michel Vigneau began the process of converting to organic production in the early 1990’s and in 1999 Vigneau-Chevreau received certification from Ecocert. The current generation have taken the next step by adopting a biodynamic approach which pays close attention to the natural rhythms of the earth and lunar cycles.

     

    Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau is one of the only two estates in Vouvray to be biodynamic and they own 25% of the appellation’s organic vineyards – 30 ha.

     

    £16.74

  • Vouvray Demi-Sec “Cuvée Clos de Vaux” 2017, Vigneau-Chevreau, 13% vol, 75cl

    Vouvray Demi-Sec “Cuvée Clos de Vaux” 2017, Vigneau-Chevreau, 13% vol, 75cl

    LV06

    The Vigneau brothers, Christophe and Stéphane, have 30 hectares of Chenin Blanc grown on prime Vouvray vineyards spread over a variety of sites.

     

    The late Jean-Michel Vigneau began the process of converting to organic production in the early 1990’s and in 1999 Vigneau-Chevreau received certification from Ecocert. The current generation have taken the next step by adopting a biodynamic approach which pays close attention to the natural rhythms of the earth and lunar cycles.

     

    Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau is one of the only two estates in Vouvray to be biodynamic and they own 25% of the appellation’s organic vineyards – 30 ha.

     

    Cuvée Clos de Vaux” is textbook demi-sec Vouvray with hints of honey and floral notes supported by a fine structure of mineral elegance.

    £16.86

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    Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil “La Source” 2018, Yannick Amirault, Bourgueil, 13%vol, 75cl

    Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil “La Source” 2018, Yannick Amirault, Bourgueil, 13%vol, 75cl

    LVR01

    Yannick Amirault created his own Domaine in 1977 with 3.9 hectares of vineyard he inherited from his grandfather. Yannick’s son Benoit joined his father in 2003 and today the Domaine has 20 hectares, 2/3 in Bourgueil and 1/3 in Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil which is split into 25 different parcels.  The Domaine has been certified organic since 2009 and no chemicals or weed killers have been used since 1997. The vines are between 45-50 years old and all the wines go into a mixture of barriques and demi-muids.

     

    La Source” is from the sandy and gravel soils, élevage is in foudre for between 7-10 months. It’s an early maturing cuvée but with real body.

    £17.46

  • Pouilly-Fumé 2019 “Domaine Thibault”, Domaine André Dezat, 13% vol, 75cl

    Pouilly-Fumé 2019 “Domaine Thibault”, Domaine André Dezat, 13% vol, 75cl

    LV12

    Some years ago, André Dezat bought 4.5 hectares of particularly well-sited vineyard near Tracy, which he has managed to expand a little each year to a total of 15 hectares, with parcels in other communes including St. Andelain and Nozet.

     

    Low yields, great care both in the vineyard and cellars, ensure a great wine with a pedigree second to none. The wine is simply fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel, capturing all of the freshness, purity and minerality of the grapes.

     

    Pale yellow appearance with a greenish tinge. Lime and gooseberry notes on the nose. This Pouilly Fumé is crisp and delicate, with a good structure and a lovely minerality.

    £18.12

  • Vouvray Sec “Clos de Rougemont” (single vineyard) 2018 Vigneau-Chevreau, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Vouvray Sec “Clos de Rougemont” (single vineyard) 2018 Vigneau-Chevreau, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    LV18

    The Vigneau brothers, Christophe and Stéphane, have 30 hectares of Chenin Blanc grown on prime Vouvray vineyards spread over a variety of sites.

     

    They also control the “Clos de Rougemont” vineyard that is part of the historic Abbey of Marmoutier. At its height, the Abbey was one of the grandest churches in Europe  and played host to Popes and Kings. However the Abbey and its vineyard fell into disrepair following the French Revolution and the scourge of phylloxera in the 19th century. In the early 1990s, Vigneau-Chevreau was awarded the rights to the vineyard for a 50 year period in return for restoring it to its original condition.

     

    The vineyard was replanted with carefully selected vines from their best vineyards and today the results are there for all to see.

     

    “Clos de Rougemont” has great  depth of flavour, and a delicious long dry finish. It is planted on pure limestone soil and vinified in barrel with a tiny proportion of new oak. A really great Vouvray!

     

    The late Jean-Michel Vigneau began the process of converting to organic production in the early 1990’s and in 1999 Vigneau-Chevreau received certification from Ecocert. The current generation have taken the next step by adopting a biodynamic approach which pays close attention to the natural rhythms of the earth and lunar cycles.

     

    Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau is one of the only two estates in Vouvray to be biodynamic and they own 25% of the appellation’s organic vineyards – 30 ha.

    £18.24

  • Sancerre 2018, Jean-Paul Balland, Bué, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Sancerre 2018, Jean-Paul Balland, Bué, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    LV15

    Jean-Paul Balland has handed over the running of the domaine to his two daughters – Burgundy-trained oenologist Isabelle makes the wines, and Elise runs an impressively efficient office. They have some 20 hectares with fine plots on Le Grand Chemarin and Le Chêne Marchand.

     

    The wines of Bué are full and rich in style, the Balland wines are a classic example from this village. It is said that Jean-Paul made the best wine in the village: we certainly don’t believe that Isabelle is doing any less well – lovely  wines.

     

    100% Sauvignon Blanc, the grapes are pressed in a pneumatic press before fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. Only wild yeasts are used. The fermenting wine is regularly stirred (batonnage) to maximise the flavour and character of the wine.

     

    Dry, fresh and very zippy, this is classic Sancerre at its very best.

     

     

    £19.26

  • Sancerre 2019, André Dezat et Fils, Verdigny, 13% vol, 75cl

    Sancerre 2019, André Dezat et Fils, Verdigny, 13% vol, 75cl

    LV10

    Louis and Simon Dezat, who have been running the family domaine (made famous by their father André) for more than twenty years, have now been joined by their respective sons, Arnaud and Firmin. Their wives, Sylvie and Nadine, run a very efficient office.

     

    Firmin studied in Tours and spent several months at Cuvaison Estate in California.


    Their 20 hectares are superbly situated around five villages. Low yields and enormous care in the vineyards and cellars make for only the finest Sancerre.

     

    The Sancerre Blanc is fermented and matured in stainless steel and it is outstanding – mouthfilling, steely and packed with gooseberries.

     

     

    £19.26