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.
An incredibly full aroma, this fantastically scented demi-sec has soft notes of summer garden and citrus fruit salad. White peach, jasmine and lemon peel give the wine a stunning delicacy coupled by an amazing vibrancy as the sugars dance like a ballerina on the tongue. Impeccable balance between fondant fancy vanilla notes and a mineral laciness that lingers on and...more
Bottle 75cl £31.60
A striking, crystalline nose evolves from floral, to spice to orange peel and then white pepper. 2016 really seems to be a demi-sec vintage in particular, as this Le Mont demonstrates. Whilst there is sweetness, the wine is exceptionally pure and light on its feet. An exquisite juxtaposition between white orchard fruit and a minerally citrus frame; the fine vinous...more
Bottle 75cl £35.60
Bottle 75cl £18.05
Thrilling and bright in its nervy youthfulness; orange peel is to the fore on this elegantly scented Moelleux – the apogee of the Huet style. Bright, crunchy honeydew melon is accompanied by exotic notes of mango and more subtle jasmine scents. There is a delightful soft and sweet lemon meringue depth here too lifted by a superb mineral accent on...more
Bottle 75cl £33.60
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Le Haut-Lieu is the most forward and approachable of the three Secs. It opens with beautifully attractive aromas of crunchy red apple, ripe pear and white flowers, at once immediately fresh and appealing. Mouth-tingling acidity and bright, vibrant citrus fruit dominate the palate. There is considerable concentration and layers of complexity, the finest example of Haut-Lieu for a number of...more
Bottle 75cl £20.60
Vivid, almost ethereal purity in this 2013 Le Mont Sec which is equally poised and taught on the palate. Concentrated to the extent that there is an almost viscous texture, there is incredible tension, seamlessly interwoven with an electric acidity. Serious, pithy extract combines with the superb lemon and apple fruit core, crackling with energy from start to finish. Dry,...more
Bottle 75cl £24.20
Hailing from this cooler vineyard site where the grapes are the last to ripen and are subsequently often the most concentrated. Expressive white peach, lemon and apple, gentle fennel and wet slate provide an enticing aroma of youthful energy. The palate is rich and concentrated but with that unmistakeable Huet acidity that creeps through and sits beautifully alongside the very...more
Bottle 75cl £25.14
The Haut Lieu Sec opens with inviting aromas of yellow pear-skin, hints of preserved lemon and green herbs, with a white flower fragrance. This cool freshness follows onto the palate, giving way to yellow plum and crunchy green apple alongside slate and chalk elements. A bright, crisp and very elegant Haut Lieu Sec.more
Bottle 75cl £26.60