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White and Rosé Loire

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  • Coteaux du Giennois Rosé 2019, Domaine de Villargeau, Central Vineyards, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Coteaux du Giennois Rosé 2019, Domaine de Villargeau, Central Vineyards, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    RS10

    The Côte de Gien is situated just to the north of Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire.

     

    In 1991, the Thibault family decided to create the “Domaine de Villargeau” on land facing south-southwest and enjoying the greatest amount of sunshine. Two brothers, Fernand and Jean-François Thibault, cleared hillsides abandoned since the phylloxera crisis of the mid nineteen century in order to plant vines. In 2000, they were joined by one of their sons, Marc, returning to the area armed with his apprenticeship and experience in viticulture and oenology.

     

    100% Pinot Noir, the wine has a delightful, salmon pink colour and a nose of rose petals and a touch of spice. The palate is dry with floral notes and summer fruit flavours.

    £13.20

  • Coteaux du Giennois 2019, Domaine de Villargeau, Central Vineyards, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Coteaux du Giennois 2019, Domaine de Villargeau, Central Vineyards, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    LV11

    The Côte de Gien is situated just to the north of Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire.

     

    In 1991, the Thibault family decided to create the “Domaine de Villargeau” on land facing south-southwest and enjoying the greatest amount of sunshine. Two brothers, Fernand and Jean-François Thibault, cleared hillsides abandoned since the phylloxera crisis of the mid nineteen century in order to plant vines. In 2000, they were joined by one of their sons, Marc, returning to the area armed with his apprenticeship and experience in viticulture and oenology.

     

    Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc the wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel and then aged on its lees, again in steel, before bottling.

     

    Dry, crisp and refreshing, the wine is a slightly lighter and softer style of Sauvignon than that produced in Sancerre and Pouilly. Excellent wine and great value.

    £13.20

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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 “Grande Cuvée” 2017, Domaine Jean-Paul Balland, Bué, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Sancerre “Grande Cuvée” 2017, Domaine Jean-Paul Balland, Bué, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    LV14

    Jean-Paul Balland has handed over the running of the domaine to his two daughters – Burgundy-trained oenologist Isabelle makes the wines, and Elise takes care of sales and admin from her 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.

     

    Only made in the finest years, the grapes (100% Sauvignon Blanc) for the “Grande Cuvée” are from a small parcel of Balland’s oldest vines – 45 years+. Hand harvested, the grapes are crushed in a pneumatic press and then the wine is fermented in 600 litre oak barrels (demi muîds) using natural yeasts. Ageing is again in demi muîds for 12 months with regular stirring (batonnage).

     

    Bright and clear in appearance with a pale yellow hue. An initial bouquet of fresh herbs and white peaches follows on to hints of honey and spices with great complexity and intensity. The palate is rich and generous, dry but fat and rounded with zesty fruit, elegant acidity and hints of toasty oak. A tremendous example of an altogether different take on Sancerre.

     

    £24.60