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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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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...

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2012 Cabernet Franc

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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.

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2011 Grolleau

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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.

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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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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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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...

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2012 Grolleau

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2010 Vouvray Pétillant

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2012 Vouvray Le Mont Sec

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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...

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