Cave des Producteurs de Vouvray Lieu-dit Rosnay Vouvray 2010
The Rosnay vineyard is located on a southeast facing plateau, overlooking the Loire, near the city of Tours.
Tasting Notes: Pale gold color. A delicate flinty nose with touches of citrus. Demi-sec, this wine is full-bodied and flavorful, yet delicate. Great balance between acidity and sugar. Pairing: Perfect with fish in a butter sauce, semi fresh goat cheese, or a dessert with citrus fruit. Color: white Varietal: Chenin Blanc (also known locally as Pineau de Loire) Bottle Volume (ml): 750 Appellation: Vouvray Producer Website:http://cavedevouvray.com/
Château de la Roulerie Coteaux du Layon Chaume 2009
A dessert wine from the Loire Valley, made from botrytized Chenin. Aged in 400 liter casks for 12 months.
Tasting Notes: "Plump, juicy and enticing, with a big core of quince, pear and fig fruit laced with notes of ginger and piecrust. The rich finish lets a maple note flash through." (Wine Spectator) Can be cellared for 10+ years. Pairing: Enjoy it with foie gras, fillets of duck, blue cheese, warm apple or pear pies, crèmes brûlées. Decant for one hour. Color: white Varietal: Chenin Blanc Bottle Volume (ml): 750 Appellation: Coteaux du Layon Chaume Rating: 93pts Wine Spectator Producer Website:http://www.en.germain-saincrit.com/loire-wines/chateau-roulerie/default.aspx
Started the organic conversion process in 2003; certified Ecocert in 2010.
Tasting Notes: Dry, fruity and fresh, with notes of citrus and exotic fruits. Pairing: On its own, with salads, fish and white meat. Color: white Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc Bottle Volume (ml): 750 Appellation: Touraine Producer Website:http://www.domaine-aumonier.com
Eric Louis Les Celliers de la Pauline Sancerre 2011
From a 4th generation family-owned estate founded in 1860. Eric Louis is the owner. Pauline was his great grand-mother. Eric follows a mix of traditional and natural winemaking, partially biodynamic.
Tasting Notes: Pale golden color, perfect clarity. Open, fruity and concentrated nose (citrus and tropical fruits). Fine and expressive flavors on the palate, white flowers, minerals. The perfect balance appears best when chilled. Pairing: As an aperitif, with seafood and fish, such as salmon or a carpaccio of blue fin tuna, with salads, salmon canapés, or lentil croquettes with saffron and spice. Color: white Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc Bottle Volume (ml): 750, 375 Appellation: Sancerre Rating: Vinalies d'Or au Concours 2011, Liger d'Or au Concours des Vins du Val de Loire 2011 Producer Website:http://sancerre-ericlouis.com/
The Veneau wines are served all over the world, and notably at the table of the French Parliament.
Tasting Notes: Pale yellow color. The bouquet is floral, with fruity notes of grapefruit. Full and rich on the palate, with a hint of flintiness. Pairing: Refreshing on its own, a perfect summer wine, or year-round with grilled fish, shellfish and seafood. Color: white Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc Bottle Volume (ml): 750 Appellation: Pouilly Fumé Producer Website:n/a
Hubert Veneau Domaine des Ormousseaux Blanc Coteaux du Giennois
Family estate for several generations, it is currently managed by the Veneau brothers Bertrand and Jerome.
Tasting Notes: Bright, fresh and clear. Delightful minerality. Based on a terroir combining limestone and flint, it offers great freshness and an amazing balance. Pairing: As an aperitif, with shellfish and crottins de Chavignol. Color: white Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc Bottle Volume (ml): 750 Appellation: Coteaux du Giennois Producer Website:n/a
Les Vignerons de la Noëlle La Divatte Muscadet Sèvre & Maine sur lie 2011
Aged on its fermentation lees for 8 months.
Tasting Notes: Pale yellow with greenish highlights and an intense floral bouquet with overtones of spice and fruit. The richness, balance and freshness of this wine make it an excellent example of its appellation. It is enjoyable young but will age well for several years. Pairing: Simply on its own; perfect with fish and seafood, or with white meat after a few years. Color: white Varietal: Melon de Bourgogne Bottle Volume (ml): 750 Appellation: Muscadet Sèvre & Maine sur lie Producer Website:http://www.vignerons-de-la-noelle.com/
Les Vignerons de la Noëlle Le Haut Vignot Anjou demi-sec 2011
The vineyards are located in Anjou, on plateaux with compact schist subsoil. The vines are planted
at the top of the slopes to enhance sun exposure and ensure that the grapes ripen perfectly.
Tasting Notes: Fruity bouquet (apricot, quince, and citrus). The initial impression on the palate is rich and full-bodied. Long finish.
Pairing: Ideal with delicatessen meat, grilled meat, poultry and hard cheese, or also with seafood, fish and salad. Color: white Varietal: Chenin Blanc (also known locally as Pineau de Loire) Bottle Volume (ml): 750 Appellation: Anjou demi-sec Producer Website:http://www.vignerons-de-la-noelle.com/
Hubert Veneau Domaine des Ormousseaux Rosé Coteaux du Giennois 2011
The estate covers approximately 95 acres, with 45 acres of Pouilly Fumé and 50 acres of Coteaux du Giennois.
Tasting Notes: Fruit forward, this blend is well balanced and bright. Combines the earthiness of the Pinot, and the spices and fruit of the Gamay. Pairing: Exotic cuisine. Color: rosé Varietal: 80% Gamay, 20% Pinot Noir Bottle Volume (ml): 750 Appellation: Coteaux du Giennois Producer Website:n/a
Cave de Saumur Lieu-dit Les Vignoles Saumur-Champigny 2010
Les Vignoles vineyard is located on a plateau overlooking the Loire river, bordered by south-facing limestone cliffs.
Tasting Notes: Deep ruby color. Nose of candied cherries with toasty, spicy hints. Lots of depth on the palate, with flintiness and smooth tannins. Lovely fullness and a long aftertaste of violet and black fruits. Pairing: Red and white meats, in particular chicken in a salty crust. Color: red Varietal: Cabernet Franc Bottle Volume (ml): 750 Appellation: Saumur-Champigny Producer Website:http://cavedesaumur.com
Cave des Vins de Bourgueil Lieu-dit Beauregard Bourgueil 2010
Beauregard is located in a small, shallow valley in Restigné. South facing vineyards for maximum exposure to the sun.
Tasting Notes: Deep ruby red color. Very expressive, complex bouquet featuring fresh fruit aromas (blackberry) with hints of violet, bitter chocolate and coffee. It starts out full-bodied and soft on the palate, following thtough with jammy red berries and a touch of sweetness. Long finish with hints of caramel. Pairing: Grilled or roasted red meats, game, flavorful roasted poultry such as turkey with cranberry sauce. Color: red Varietal: Cabernet Franc Bottle Volume (ml): 750 Appellation: Bourgueil Producer Website:http://cavedebourgueil.com/
Located on the right bank of the Layon region, at the heart of the Coteaux du Layon wine producing area. South to southwest exposure. Aged on its lees for 3-4 months, then kept in bottle for 6 months before being released for sale.
Tasting Notes: Nice deep red color. Harmonious aromas of ripe small red fruits. Nice expression of Cab Franc, round, supple, with a vegetal character, and long lasting. Pairing: This wine needs food! Enjoy it with cold cuts, red meat, small game, and soft cheese. Color: red Varietal: Cabernet Franc Bottle Volume (ml): 750 Appellation: Anjou Rating: 87pts Wine Spectator, Bronze Medal Decanter Producer Website:http://www.en.germain-saincrit.com/loire-wines/chateau-roulerie/default.aspx
Tasting Notes: A wine generous in aromas and richness. Pairing: Red meat, game and cheese. Color: red Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Malbec Bottle Volume (ml): 750 Appellation: Touraine Producer Website:http://www.domaine-aumonier.com
Domaine Aumonier-Chardon Les Arpents sous Bois Touraine
Domaine de l'Aumonier was founded in 1996 by Sophie and Thierry Chardon. Well structured and aromatic, a wine to cellar. Aged in oak to soften its strong tannins.
Tasting Notes: Beautiful aromatic complexity, full and round. Pairing: Red meat, game and cheese. Color: red Varietal: Cabernet Franc Bottle Volume (ml): 750 Appellation: Touraine Rating: Ligers d’Argent sur le Salon des Vins de Loire 2008 Producer Website:http://www.domaine-aumonier.com
Eric Louis Les Celliers de la Pauline Sancerre Rouge 2010
The estate covers approximately 40 acres around the village of Thauvenay, on the southeast hillsides of Sancerre.
Tasting Notes: Ruby red, clear and bright. It has a Pinot nose with hints of violets and spice that makes it very pleasant. It is powerful and full of fruit in the mouth and has good structure. Pairing: Amazing with white meats and goat cheese. Color: red Varietal: Pinot Noir Bottle Volume (ml): 375 Appellation: Sancerre Rouge Producer Website:http://sancerre-ericlouis.com/
Gabare was the name given in the old days to boats with a flat bottom, ideal for shallow rivers, and navigating up and down the Vienne and Loire rivers. These boats were used to transport wine. During periods of flooding, the gabardiers (gabare sailors) constructed walls made of tuff, the abundant local porous rock composed of calcium carbonate. This contributes to the diversity of the contemporary vineyards. Southern exposure in the middle of the Panzoult slope. Sustainable agriculture. Aged in concrete tanks for 7 months.
Tasting Notes: Sour cherry, wood dust, dry tannins, minerals, licorice and plum. No vegetal character typical of Loire's Cab Francs. Pairing: Charcuterie, white meat and cheese. Color: red Varietal: Cabernet Franc (locally called Breton) Bottle Volume (ml): 750 Appellation: Chinon Producer Website:n/a
In the Grosbois family since 1820, the estate is run by Nicolas since 2005 (29 years old at the time) who went organic in 2007, and is preparing for a biodynamic certification.
Tasting Notes: Fruity nose, with loads of sweet cherry and berry flavors, yet masterfully balanced with soft tannins and acidity. A beautiful wine. Pairing: Charcuterie, white meat and cheese. Color: red Varietal: Cabernet Franc Bottle Volume (ml): 750 Appellation: Chinon Producer Website:n/a