The Loire valley is perhaps France's most overlooked wine producing region. It is an extremely large and diverse area with 87 appellations. It is the largest white wine region in France and the second largest region for sparkling wine. The climate is cool, producing delicate, crisp wines, often with high acidity. Its expansiveness and diversity result in a variety of different wine styles, from the crisp, mineral Sancerres and Muscadets to the powerful, red Chinons and the sweet Coteaux du Layon wines, all of which deserve more attention than they currently receive in the international wine market.
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The Languedoc region is primarily red wine territory, although some rosé is produced, as well as increasing amounts of attractive whites. The area was transformed by the Vin de Pays classification of 1979, permitting the cultivation of new grape varieties and the opportunity to rival the New World crusaders with varietal labelling.
Thrilling and bright in its nervy youthfulness; green apple is to the fore on this elegantly scented Moelleux – the apogee of the Huet style. This bright, crunchy fruit is accompanied by notes of white flowers and subtle, soft sweet lemon meringue undertones. The palate has a chalky, sweet density but has that hallmark lightness of touch and vein of...more
This delicate Sancerre Rose has a fresh, mineral and peachy aroma which is lifted by vibrant, zesty scents. There are notes of redcurrant and soft raspberry on the clean and linear palate which leads to a long and elegant finish. A real thing of beauty, this is delicious on its own but would also partner well with scallops, seabass or...more
This fantastically scented demi-sec has a softly accented aroma of pink grapefruit, white peach and lemon peel. There is a delicate nature to this wine whose texture is gentle, silken and incredibly pure. With impeccable balance, the softness and acidity combine to a thrilling finish which simply crackles with energy and finesse. A really remarkable wine that is hard to...more
This 100% Cabernet Franc displays refreshing dark raspberry notes with hints of liquorice and violets. On the palate it is medium bodied, pure dark red fruit with a firm tannic structure and refreshing acidity. This wine needs some time in the bottle to truly show its potential. Drink 2016-2025.more
A blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 70% Cabernet Franc. Incredibly vibrant nose of violets, raspberries and blueberries. The palate is full of juicy ripe blackberries that are pure, clean and concentrated. The texture is silky smooth thanks to some very fine tannins and the fruit lingers on the lengthy finish. This is a wine of elegance and finesse, enjoy.more
A 100% Grolleau blend. The nose is nicely aromatic of cherry, blackberry, violets and a hint of heather. Medium bodied with intense flavours of crushed red cherries and blackberries coat the palate with a touch of smoke in the background. The finish is long with refreshing acidity and a currant leafy complexity.more
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