Tag: Loire

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,

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

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

Bottles aging in the cellar

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

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

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.) www.salondesvinsdeloire.com

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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