The Domaine Pascal Jolivet winery is just on the edge of the Sancerre village, at the bottom of the hill. He wines are full of character and quite full-bodied compared to many sancerres. They prove that sauvignon blanc can also make complex terroir wines. The secret, according to the winemaker Jean-Luc Soty, is to do [...]
There are many, often small, French appellations that are unfortunately far too little known. Sometimes one wonders if the wines wouldn’t be better known (which is important) and easier to sell (even more important) if they used a wider, less precise, but better known appellation. Montlouis is one of those. Have you heard of it? [...]
One of the better known wine producers in Chinon. Couly-Dutheil is a family property dating back to 1921. They own 90 hectares. their wines show that Cabernet Franc can, if well done, be a quite powerful wine that also ages well. They have a shop in the town of Chinon where you can taste and [...]
Originally from Bordeaux, Thierry Germain arrived in the Loire Valley some 15 years ago (and his father, Bernard Germain, arrived a bit later and bought Chateau de Fesle in Bonnezeaux). Thierry makes a Saumur-Champigny that counts among the best and also most substantial Cabernet Franc wines you can find. There are few others who manage [...]
A very impressive chateau just outside Saumur. Very good reds with AC Saumur Champigny and whites with AC Saumur. Has belonged to the same family since the 17th century and is now managed by Edouard Pisani Ferry. Look especially for the prestige wine Cuvée Ferry. If you buy directly from the property the Saumur-Champigny Targé [...]
Domaine des Roches Neuves, Saumur Champigny 56, boulevard Saint-Vencent, 49400 Varrains, tel 02 41 52 94 02 Red Loire wine is often made from Cabernet Franc, an aromatic and appealing grape variety. But it is important not to pick it too early or else you can get very harsh, “green” and rough wines. Thierry Germain [...]
The brothers Vincent and Victor Lebreton in Juigné-sur-Loire makes some incredibly good-value wines, both red, dry white and sweet white. My favorite red is Anjou Village Brissac 1998, with one year’s oak aging – very well structured, with ripe fruit and a touch of vanilla (9.15€ from the domaine), and the dry white Anjou Blanc [...]
One of the ”new wave” of biodynamic producers. Makes several different cuvees of excellent wines, e.g. two full-bodied Sauvignon Blanc wines with lots of citrus freshness: ‘Agathe’ (12.60€) and ‘Plume d’Ange’ (13.80€), available at Lafayette Gourmet, address see below. Also at the restaurant La Grange in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris (34bis, quai Alphonse Le Gallo, 92100 [...]
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