Posts Tagged Loire Valley

2003 Clos Rougeard (Foucault) Saumur-Champigny ‘Les Poyeux,’ Loire Valley, France

Over the past five years or so, with the growth of the natural wine industry, the name Clos Rougeard has entered into the hallowed pantheon of Loire estates. This is not shocking, given the consistency and quality of these wines, which like the best... Read more

2011 La Ferme de la Sansonnière ‘La Lune,’ Anjou, France

I'm a big believer that Mark Angeli makes some of the best, most under-the-radar wines in France (let alone the Loire Valley and Anjou). His name should be mentioned alongside the likes of Domaine Huet and Francois Chidaine, especially in light of... Read more

1989 Luneau-Papin / Domaine Pierre de la Grange Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Le “L” d’Or

How often do you get to try 24 year old Muscadet? Proving once again that Muscadet ages like a charm (how is it always possible?!) this showed surprising verve and energy. In fact, if you didn't read the label, you would think it was only five years... Read more

2012 Mai et Kenji Hodson P’Tit Luchini, Anjou, Loire Valley

Mai and Kenji Hodson stand out in the still under-the-radar region of Anjou, and not just because of their non-French names. Their P'tit Luchini is a perfect example of the best in "table wine" -- a delicious, unpretentious red composed from a field... Read more

2011 Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Tendre, Loire Valley, France

Faintly sweet and delicately floral, with an undercurrent of minerality and tightly wound acidity, this Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley speaks to Vouvray's most memorable qualities. Vincent Careme has experience producing Chenin quite literally... Read more

2011 Mai et Kenji Hodgson ‘O Galarneau’ Vin Rouge, Anjou, Loire Valley, France

Mai and Kenji Hodgson might not entirely look the part of natural winemakers in France -- one is from British Columbia and the other is from Japan -- but this clear tasting, unfussy Cabernet Franc fits the mold. Roasted red pepper jam and dark plum... Read more

2010 Sebastien Bobinet ‘Greta Carbo,’ Saumur-Champigny, Loire Valley, France

Bobinet's name graces some of the most delicious, drinkable wines from the Saumur region, and so it's no surprise that his are a staple at some of Paris' hottest restaurants. Food friendly and yet hardly vapid or light, this Cabernet Franc from... Read more

2010 Clos du Tue-Boeuf Cheverny Rouge, Loire Valley, France

Thierry and Jean-Marie Puzelat aren't new to natural winemaking, but it's not for reverence or cultish personality that so many wine caves and restaurants in Paris serve the brothers' wines. Nor is it for the fact that their estate has some historic... Read more

2010 Marc Plouzeau (Château de la Bonnelière) ‘Les Cornuelles’ Chinon, Loire Valley, France

Chinon may be off the radar for many wine drinkers more accustomed to the "big guns" of Burgundy and Bordeaux, but it's decidedly home to some of the more in-vogue reds, including Rene Mosse's interesting cuvees. Compared to Mosse, Plouzeau's... Read more

2011 Marc Plouzeau Sauvignon Touraine, Loire Valley, France

Though not one of Plouzeau's entirely biodynamic/natural wines, this entry-level Sauvignon is a standout for its piercing acidity and verve. Green apple, lime and flint minerality deserve in-season oysters or, in the summer, a bitter salad of... Read more