Tag Archives | Loire

Harvest workers picking grapes, chenin blanc

Harvest report 2011: The Loire Valley vintage

The 2011 vintage in the Loire Valley seems promising. When we were there in early October the winemakers we met sounded very optimistic. However, it has been a year with extreme, or perhaps more accurately, very strange weather patterns. The whites look very promising, both the dry and the sweet. The reds had an unexpected […]

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Muscadet will get three village denominations

Muscadet will get three new village denominations. It is not, as far as we understand, a question of village “appellations” (AOP as it is called nowadays) but the right to put the name of the commune on the label on a AOP Muscadet wine. The three communes are: Clisson Gorges Le Pallet Those who choose […]

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Restaurant Cap Sud, Tours | BKWine Pick

A charming little restaurant in the heart of Tours in the Loire valley, located between the Cathedral and the Vieux Tours. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays. In short: very high ambitions and moderate prices! It’s an innovative cuisine, with inspired presentations of the dishes. The emphasis is on southern French raw materials and products, lots of […]

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Pascal Jolivet, Sancerre – BKWine Pick

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 […]

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Domaine Huet, a top grower in Vouvray | BKWine TV

A bit upstream from Angers/Savennières you find Vouvray, using the same fabulous grape variety (chenin blanc) but on different soil. Here too you can find some outstanding white wines, both crisp and dry and very sweet – it all depends on the weather, says Noel Pinguet, co-owner and winemaker at Domaine Huet. The Domaine Huet […]

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Loire wines

The big Loire wine fair will take place, as always, the first week of February: on February 2-4 in Angers. An outstanding opportunity if you are looking for Loire wines. (Trade show.)

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Montlouis, Loire

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? […]

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Didier Dagueneau dies in flight crash

Didier Dagueneau was a winemaker in Pouilly-sur-Loire (Pouilly-Fumé wines) who has contributed much to putting Pouilly more clearly on the map for wine lovers. He started making in 1982 and became famous for his very concentrated sauvignon blanc based wines (Pur Sang, Silex). A contributing factor may also have been his very original cave man-like […]

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Legendary Loire producer leaves his vineyard

Jo Pithon, one of the producers who have put Anjou on the map for excellent dry and sweet whites from the heavily underrated chenin blanc grape, has left the vineyard carrying his name. A few years ago he sold 90% of his Domaine to Philip Fournier, a local businessman, but continued to be in charge […]

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Domaine Montgilet, Anjou | BKWine Pick

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 […]

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Domaine Huet in Vovray in American hands

One of the most famous producers of Vouvray (Loire) wines, Domaine Huet, was, according to our information, recently sold to a consortium of an American investor and one of Hungary’s leading wine makers, Istvan Szepsy. This follows the death of Gaston Huet last year. Noel Pinguet, who is a leading light in Loire, will continue […]

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Claude Courtois, wine producer, Sologne | BKWine Pick

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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