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LOIRE

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.

The Southern French...

winemaking regions stretch right across the Southern coast of France. Provence is perhaps the warmest wine region in France and produces mainly rosé and red wine. Provence wine has often been compared with the wines of Southern Rhône, as they share both grapes and, to some degree, style and climate.

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.

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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...

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2012 Cabernet Franc, Clau de Nell

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Notes of lime and orange blossoms abound alongside stony, nuanced mineral. There is a fullness here that is finely balanced by a graceful, delicate mint and sage freshness.  This Clos du Bourg Demi Sec treads like a tightrope walker between citrus acidity and the sweet florals of honeysuckle.  Complex and incredibly fine, this wine was made in minute quantities.  What...

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2011 Chinon Ferdinand

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2012 Cabernet Franc

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2012 Cabernet Franc, Clau de Nell

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2013 Grolleau

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2011 Menetou Salon Blanc

Albane & Bertrand Minchin

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Packed full of fresh citrus, hints of green apple with a delightful mineral backbone this is textbook Loire Sauvignon. Fresh, crunchy and complex this offers perfect drinking now.

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2011 Sancerre Rouge

Fernand Girard

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Bottle 75cl £9.22
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The elegant aroma of summer berries, strawberries and rhubarb is held in place and balanced by sophisticated oak. On the palate there is excellent depth; pure, sweet red fruit and spiced notes. The tannins provide precision and grip alongside a backbone of vibrant acidity.

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