Loire Valley

Spanning from the Central Vineyards in the east to Nantes in the west, passing through Torraine and Anjou-Samur, the Loire Valley is a vast and varied wine region shaped by the river's influence. The region's diverse terroir is characterized by a continental climate in the east and a maritime climate in the west.


Renowned for its exceptional dry white wines made from Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc, the Loire Valley offers a captivating selection with crisp acidity, expressive fruit flavours, and mineral notes. Notable white wine appellations in the Loire Valley include Sancerre, Pouilly-FuméVouvray, and Savennières. Leading producers of white wine in the region include Domaine Vacheron, Domaine Huet, and Domaine Didier Dagueneau.


In addition to its white wines, the Loire Valley produces charming red wines made from Cabernet Franc. Ranging from light and fruity to more complex and age-worthy, these red wines are known for their vibrant acidity, subtle tannins, and bright red fruit flavours. Key appellations for red wines in the Loire Valley include Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur-Champigny. Notable producers of red wine in the region include Domaine Bernard Baudry, Catherine & Pierre Breton, and Domaine Charles Joguet.


The Loire Valley also produces excellent sweet wines and sparkling wines. Sweet wines are made from Chenin Blanc grapes affected by botrytis, a fungus that concentrates the sugars in the grapes, resulting in luscious sweetness, honeyed flavors, and vibrant acidity. The most famous sweet wine appellations in the Loire Valley include Coteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume. Sparkling wines, known as Crémant de Loire, are made using the traditional method and offer excellent value for money with finesse, delicate bubbles, and refreshing character.



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Loire 1 96 (WA)
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Aromas of limes, yellow citrus, crushed stones, herbs, chamomile and honey lead the 2012 Sancerre Edmond to a refreshingly mineral, profund and pure palate of great expression and a stimulating length with citrus flavors. This was my first note of the 2012 Sancerre Edmond, which is dedicated to Alphonse Mellot’s father Alphonse Edmond. The selection from the oldest (about 100 years old) Sauvignon Blanc grapes of the estate (on calcareous marl soils) is the purest and most precise expression of the kimmeridgian terroir because – and this is my finding of the second day – there is nothing more on the nose than ripe fruit aromas (nectarines again) based on and powdered with rock flour. This exceptional Sancerre was fermented and aged for 11 months in wooden vats and new demi-muid barrels, which initially seemed to add a further layer to this already very complex wine. However, the oak was completely absorbed by the minerality, which shines through even clearer the second day when Edmond became significantly more pure, transparent and naked. Its length, complexity and tension, though, remains unrivaled. This is a really powerful and expressive Sancerre but does neither lack purity nor finesse, thrill nor aging potential. I would definitely buy it to give it 8-10 years although it is already accessible.
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The Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Edmond 2018 is a true representation of French elegance, hailing from the esteemed Loire Valley. Produced by the Mellot family, pioneers of Sancerre winemaking since the 16th-century, this wine clearly signifies their mastery in the art. Crafted from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, the grapes are carefully handpicked and meticulously pressed, before being matured on fine lees for 12 long months, yielding a full-bodied wine of unparalleled complexity.

This vintage imparts a vibrant golden hue, carrying a sophisticated bouquet of white flowers and ripe citrus. On the palate, the Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Edmond 2018 unravels layers of delicate minerality, accented by a buoyant acidity that is inseparable from this remarkable terroir. Savour the lingering notes of citrus and stone fruit, echoing the signature of this illustrious heritage.

Every bottle of Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Edmond 2018 bears witness to a tradition of excellence, tempting discerning connoisseurs with every carefully curated sip.

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The Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Generation XIX Blanc 2010 is a sophisticated, generously complex Sauvignon Blanc hand-picked from 30-year-old vines in the revered limestone-rich vineyards of Sancerre. Adhering to strict biodynamic principles, the illustrious Alphonse Mellot family, respected vintners since 1513, ensures a sumptuous, organic symphony with every bottle. Fermentation unfurls in fine oak barrels, which imparts lavish, full-bodied nuances that deliciously mingle with the natural, vibrant acidity of the grape. Connoisseurs will delight in the wine's persistent mineral-inflected core, harmoniously interlacing with tendrils of white pear, grapefruit, and anise. Its opulent texture and impressive depth underscore its pedigree, as well as the Mellot family's unwavering commitment to mastery. A quintessential embodiment of Sancerre's terroir, the Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Generation XIX Blanc 2010 truly lived up to expectations for a wine of its calibre.

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Experience the mesmerising Alphonse Mellot Sancerre La Moussiere 2020, a peerless specimen of unique terroir expression from the prestigious Loire Valley vintner, Alphonse Mellot. This biodynamically cultivated Sauvignon Blanc vineyard was harvested by hand, ensuring only the finest grapes make it into the bottle. The result is a remarkable Sancerre of extensive complexity and striking purity. The wine undergoes fermentation in oak barrels, enhancing its natural texture and restoring a distinct minerality that is emblematic of the Sancerre terroir.

Alphonse Mellot Sancerre La Moussiere 2020 is a testament to French winemaking tradition, offering a near-perfect fusion of ripe fruit flavours, with notable hints of tangy currant and elegant herbal nuances. The finish is lingering, yet clean, capturing the invigorating freshness the region is renowned for. Expertly crafted, it personifies the splendour and finesse of white wines created in this historic estate.

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The Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Les Romains 2017, hailing from France's esteemed Loire Valley, is an embodiment of the Mellot family's 600 years of winemaking heritage. This exquisite vintage is produced with great commitment to sustainable viticulture, using 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes cultivated on the renowned Kimmeridgian marl of Les Romains vineyard, acclaimed for its unique terroir. The hand-harvested grapes are put through a meticulous process of fermentation in oak barrels, enhancing the wine's complexity and structure. This meticulous production process yields a refined palate of ripe citrus fruit and mineral undertones, underpinned by a vibrant acidity and pronounced minerality. Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Les Romains 2017 offers an exceptional balance that reveals its ageing potential. A captivating ensemble of freshness, élan, and finesse, this wine stands as an admirable reflection of Alphonse Mellot's skill, and a quintessential example of premium Sancerre.

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Introducing the elegant 'Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge En Grands Champs 2011', a masterwork of viniculture reflecting the prestige of the Maison Alphonse Mellot founded in 1513. Rooted in Sancerre, in the heart of France, the Mellot heritage prides itself on its centuries-old techniques and sustainable viticulture. This radiant red wine is crafted from gracefully matured Pinot Noir vines, flanked across the Grand Champs vineyard's limestone and clay soils. Its distinguished bouquet reveals fragrant notes of black cherries and wild berries. The palate beholds a rich harmony of nuanced tannins and polished acidity. Meticulously vinified through temperature-regulated fermentation followed by 10 to 14 months of aging in oak barrels, the 'Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge En Grands Champs 2011' offers an opulent expression of the traditional Sancerre Rouge, crafted to satiate the most discerning of wine enthusiasts. Immerse in the sheer indulgence of this pivotal vintage from the esteemed Alphonse Mellot domain.

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The Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge Generation XIX 2011 is indeed a fine choice for aficionados of exquisitely crafted French wines. This well-balanced red wine hails from the esteemed Mellot family, vignerons since 1513, located in the noble region of Sancerre. The vines bask in a unique microclimate that draws on both Atlantic and continental influences, producing this delicately structured Pinot Noir. The Mellot methodology, bio-dynamic since 1999, engages nature at its core, with sustainable farming techniques, and hand-picked grapes. The Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge Generation XIX 2011 speaks to the senses with a robust fruity aroma, silky tannins, and a lingering finish. The palate booms with hints of blackberries, cherries, and an understated minerality, encapsulating the Sancerre terroir. Traditionalists can revel in the classic nuances expressed in this wine, while modernists will appreciate its approachable complexity. Experience the legacy of Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge Generation XIX 2011 - a harmonious marriage of history and innovation.

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The Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge Generation XIX 2012 is the epitome of classic, top-drawer Pinot Noir, all the way from France's illustrious Loire Valley. Renowned producer Alphonse Mellot meticulously cultivates this single-vineyard wine. Rigorous hand-sorting ensures only the finest grapes are used, while the wine ages in French oak barrels for 12-18 months to reach its peak condition.

Possessing a radiant ruby hue, this 2012 vintage reveals an aromatic symphony of cherries, truffles, and a whiff of undergrowth. On the palate, it offers a harmonious balance of profound depth, refined tannins, and vivacious freshness. Its serene complexity and au courant elegance resonate well with the reputable Alphonse Mellot heritage, spanning 19 generations of winemaking. Savour the Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge Generation XIX 2012's luxurious layers as the esteemed ambassador of Sancerre Rouge wines.

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Heralding from the heart of Loire Valley's esteemed Sancerre region, Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge Generation XIX 2017 is a resplendent testament to centuries-old winemaking expertise. Esteemed producers Alphonse Mellot birth this exemplary Pinot Noir, honouring 19 generations of wine mastery. The hand-harvested, biodynamically-grown grapes masterfully echo the unique terroir of the upper Loire clay-limestone-hill soils to create a harmoniously balanced, dynamic glass.

Exhibiting a luscious ruby hue, the Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge Generation XIX 2017 delivers captivating notes of red berries, cherries and subtle undertones of earthy spices. The palate delights with age-worthy elegance, soft tannins, and an elongated finish. This meticulously crafted wine offers a paradigm of depth, concentration, and complexity, encapsulating the Mellot family's undeniable dedication to superior winemaking.

For the avid collector or discerning connoisseur, the Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge Generation XIX 2017 provides a truly exemplary expression of esteemed Loire Pinot Noir. Experts have lauded this offering as a must-have, promising to age with breathtaking grace.

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Embark on an elegant journey with the Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Satellite 2010, a distinguished white wine from the esteemed vineyards of the Loire Valley in France. Crafted by the Mellot family, who boast 19 generations of winemaking expertise, this Sauvignon Blanc reveals a delightful harmony of depth and complexity.

Cherished for its purity of flavour, Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Satellite 2010 is organically farmed, and hand-harvested from limestone-clay soils, inducing a unique minerality. Maturation is carried out in French oak barrels, enhancing the wine's aromatic structure.

A brilliant straw yellow hue ignites intrigue, paving the way for a rich nose of lemon, green apple, and a hint of gooseberry. The palate presents an unforgettable balance of crisp acidity and nuanced stone fruit flavours. With impressive persistence, this wine makes an exemplary pairing with seafood and goat cheese.

Experience the pinnacle of French Sauvignon Blanc with Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Satellite 2010 – an embodiment of superior old world viticulture.

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Loire 4 94 (WA)
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Made from five different lieux-dits of the coteaux de Chavignol, with vines rooted in clay limestone soils for approximately 50 years, the 2012 Sancerre Satellite of Alphonse Mellot is a lovely fruity, fresh and appetizing mineral Chavignol of great precision, elegance and balance. Dressed in pale straw yellow, the wine is like an Armani perfume quoting citric and herbal aromas of limestoned yellow citrus, grapefruits, clementines, thyme and white nectarines. This is an outstanding Chavignol of great purity and length with vibrant energy and tension and a persistent salty finish. This is an impressively enjoyable, elegant and complex Sancerre indeed.
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Antoine Sanzay Saumur Champigny 2018, a provocative Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley, is a testament to the mastery of its vintner. Produced in France's iconic Saumur Champigny appellation, this luscious wine inspires with its nuanced complexity. The grapes are manually harvested and subjected to a meticulous délestage process, resulting in a seamless blend of opulence and structure.

This esteemed producer, Antoine Sanzay, crafts with historic practices; a dedication to biodynamic viticulture, low intervention enology, and a passion for expressing the terroir's unique limestone-rich chalky soils. Triumphant in attitude, Antoine Sanzay Saumur Champigny 2018 showcases a delicate bouquet of redcurrants and violets, underpinned by a robust, earthy base.

Indulge in the crisp acidity and elegant tannins of this wine. Antoine Sanzay's masterful production, limited to just 2000 bottles per annum, offers a distinctive pleasure to fine wine connoisseurs.

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Loire 1 -
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Experience the fine crafting of the Antoine Sanzay Saumur Champigny Les Poyeux 2017, an exquisite red wine that reflects the superb terroir from the renowned Saumur Champigny region of the Loire Valley. Created by legendary wine producer Antoine Sanzay, this lavish wine boasts the exquisite Cabernet Franc grape on the serene, calcareous clay soil of the prestigious Les Poyeux vineyard. Following a sustainable viticulture approach, the grapes are hand-harvested and followed by a two-month ageing process in oak barrels to enhance their character.

The end product is an elegant, full-based red that unfolds layers of ripe black fruit flavours and delicate spice. It equally exhibits a sophisticated minerality and supple tannin structure, making the Antoine Sanzay Saumur Champigny Les Poyeux 2017 a shining testament to Antoine Sanzay's commitment to producing wines of depth, finesse, and expressive terroir embodiment. Perfect for wine enthusiasts seeking top-quality and beautifully crafted Loire Valley wines.

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Loire 5 -
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The splendid Antoine Sanzay Saumur Champigny Les Poyeux 2018 is a faultless example of meticulous vinification in Saumur-Champigny, Loire Valley, France. This 100% Cabernet Franc edition is cultivated from limestone-clay terroir, revealing warm, rock-imbued structure. Destemmed grapes are fermented with indigenous yeast in stainless-steel vats before maturing for 18 months in seasoned oak barrels, guaranteeing a refined, delicate blend.

Antoine Sanzay, a renowned winemaker, staunchly upholds sustainable winemaking, eschewing chemical intervention for a purer expression of the grape. The 2018 iteration showcases harmonised tannins, elegant minerality and resonant dark fruit notes. A full-bodied, yet sprightly palate, suffused with precise balance of verve and purity, marks its signature style.

Antoine Sanzay Saumur Champigny Les Poyeux 2018 transcends temporal bounds, with a potential for beautiful ageing in steeliness and ever-evolving depth. A bottle that unquestionably should form part of any discerning wine enthusiast's collection.

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Loire 10 -
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Loire 2 -
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€280.12
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Unveiling the prestigious Bel Air Bourgueil Vingt Lieux Dits 2020, an alluring testament to French winemaking wisdom. Handcrafted in the heart of Loire Valley, this remarkable vintage hails from a vineyard known for its rich, fertile soils and perfect climes for heroine grape, Cabernet Franc.

The illustrious producer worked the terroir artfully, employing traditional harvesting methods to guarantee the most authentic expression of the grape character. Renowned for their exemplary savoir-faire, the winemaking process harmoniously blends tradition and innovation to yield an imposing structure and inspiring complexity.

The finished product? A tantalising wine that effortlessly combines intensity and suppleness, boasting notes of juicy red currants, dark cherries, and hints of spicy pepper. All swirling together in a sumptuous dance, the Bel Air Bourgueil Vingt Lieux Dits 2020 promises to beautifully age and evolve, stimulating the palates of fine wine aficionados everywhere.

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The Belargus Anjou Quarts 2020 is an exquisite manifestation of the French viticulture traditions. Crafted in the historical Loire Valley, this seductive wine exhibits aromatic complexity and dynamic vivacity. It is a pure expression of the Anjou terroir, where each vine is nourished by the diverse soil composition of quartz and schist. Belargus, recognised globally, is renowned for producing distinctive wines of incomparable quality.

This 2020 vintage is made from 100% Chenin Blanc – revered for the intense honeyed floral and apple notes it imparts into the wine. Elaborated by organic winemaking methods, Belargus Anjou Quarts 2020 portrays an enthralling balance between acidity and sweetness. Its golden hue and rich texture resonate with the meticulous care and time-honoured technique devoted to its creation.

Belargus Anjou Quarts 2020 is a testament to the winemaker's commitment to sustainable methods and pure, keen attention to detail. It is truly a connoisseur's delight.

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Loire 1 96 (WA)
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"'Les Rouères' is one of the three plots listed in the original decree creating the Quarts-de-Chaume appellation, on the eastern side," reports Ivan Massonat. "The soils, thin and hot, rest on pudding sandstone—sand concretions and rolled gravel—accumulating the heat of the day and restoring it at night. This solar terroir gives birth to charming, ample and complex wines," finds Massonnat. His golden-colored 2019 Anjou Sec Rouères, from a 2.96-hectare plot, opens with a deep, intense and rich yet immediately also crystalline, fresh and concentrated bouquet of ripe and warm fruits intertwined with refreshing and piquant grapefruit and smoked speck aromas (think warm baked dates wrapped in bacon). The Rouères seems cooler, more crystalline and purer than the expansive, rich and narcotic 2019 Veau. Accordingly, the introduction on the palate is crystalline and full of vibrant minerality, purity and fine tannins, whereas the fruit is more lean and bitter, intertwined with tannins, heroic acidity and salts. The finish is still tight and reminiscent of candied lemons and a tequila-like salt and lemon mix. The 2019 Rouères is much less Dionysian at this early stage but Appollinese. The nose is almost a bit dusty, pure and stony as it is, and the oh-so-salty and piquant palate is built on finesse and mineral freshness rather than richness and power. This is definitely a wine to cellar for 10 or 20 years, and certainly longer. The still-tight and austere but tensile 2019 Rouères should gain complexity and texture with bottle age and eventually might also develop some hedonistic features, but for now it pleases most of all the Riesling aficionados among us. Natural cork. Tasted in September 2021.
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The Belargus Anjou Roueres 2020 is a paragon of finesse from the prestigious loamy soils of Anjou, in the Loire Valley, France. This esteemed wine, cultivated by Belargus' master winemakers, elegantly showcases the region's characteristic Chenin Blanc grape, exuding a bouquet of quince, chamomile, and acacia. The wine's concise minerality brims with the immensity of its terroir.

Belargus winery, a distinguished producer known for their sequencing of biodynamic principles, ensures every bottle reflects a purity of fruit with nuanced structure. A part of the 2020 vintage, the Anjou Roueres offers a sensibly dry palate with balanced acidity. The fermentation and maturation process in oak barrels underscores the delicate complexity of the genuine Chenin Blanc.

Whether accompanying a light repast or treasured solo, the Belargus Anjou Roueres 2020 deserves a spot in every discerning wine aficionado's cellar. It is an eloquent testament to the harmonious relationship between nature's generosity and masterful winemaking.

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Loire 1 97 (WA)
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"Le Veau is one of the three plots listed in the original decree creating the Quarts-de-Chaume appellation, on the western side," Ivan Massonnat explains, introducing his Anjou Sec Veau. The southwest-facing 1.68-hectare-plot rests on a flush schist area, giving this Anjou from the Quarts-de-Chaume AC (which is exclusively reserved for noble sweet wines) not only richness and power but also mineral tension and great aging potential. In 2018, Massonnat forgot to isolate the fruits of Le Veau, so it went into the Ronceray that I described earlier this year. The 2019 Anjou Sec Veau exhibits an intensely golden-yellow color followed by accordingly intense and concentrated, full and almost overripe, sweet and juicy tropical fruit that is absolutely exciting and made to meditate about whether the Quarts-de-Chaume appellation should not be opened to dry wines as well. However, this unique 2019 opens mind-blowingly intense, rich and complex and immediately asks for our time in order to explore all its depths and to follow the developments in the glass (I am using Zwiesel's wide and open Sensory Giacomo Conterno glass, which is just perfect for this kind of wine). On the palate, this full-bodied and rich yet perfectly balanced and elegant Chenin promptly reveals great finesse and minerality before the fruits come through and cover the palate with an almost oily texture; the spectacularly long finish, carried by crystalline acidity, cuts through this richness to leave the palate with a powerful, intense and aromatic as well as persistently salty aftertaste. This is another picture-book Chenin Blanc from Domaine Belargus, whose interplay of finesse and salinity with power and richness is mind-blowing. Natural cork. Tasted in September 2021.
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Explore the unique and luxurious delight of the 'Belargus Anjou Veau 2020'. Crafted with precision in the rich soils of Loire Valley, France, this remarkable wine carries the distinct regional essence. The producer, Maison Belargus, is renowned for quality wines matured through innovative techniques. Rigorously following sustainable viticulture, the Belargus Anjou Veau 2020 boasts of expressive local varietals, with handling that enhances its natural aromatics.

The wine was vinified naturally and aged in used wooden barrels to create an unfiltered, impeccably pure expression retaining its fruit intensity. With a nose braced by fresh citrus and a lively palate hinting at touches of exotic fruits, the Belargus Anjou Veau 2020 forms a perfect harmony of immense freshness and approachable depth. Bask in the classic elegance of this white, a delightful addition to any sophisticated wine collection.

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Loire 2 100 (WA)
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Belargus's dark, amber-orange colored 2018 Quarts-de-Chaume Grand Cru Liquoreux Ultra is a tribute to the famous Ambroisie by Jo Pithon, an over-concentrated Quarts-de-Chaume with more than 30 degrees potential at harvest, referred to as “Ultra.” The wine opens with an intense and ultra concentrated but still vinous and not overly fruity bouquet with pencil point notes on the first nose that slowly reveals concentrated, syrupy apricot and roasted bacon-rind notes. Enormously viscous on the palate but at the same time so finessed, vital and balanced that the wine never weighs heavily and is not even sticky, this is an exceptional QDC, of which just one barrel was produced. This 2018 is made for eternity and belongs to the finest noble sweet wines I have ever had. Even though I am so much in love with the Les Quarts twin, I have to admit that here comes not only an even sweeter Quarts-de-Chaume but also an even more concentrated and finessed one. The aging capacity is ideal, and due to its balance, I don't see any doubts the wine can age 100 and more years. What a start for Domaine Belargus! 9% alcohol. Tasted in June 2021.
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The ripeness of the 2018 vintage gives an almost Syrah/Viognier character to the Chinon La Croix Boissée, which offers sweet black fruit and a creamy apricot note. Sumptuous yet never ever opulent, it's almost as if the wine's just done a yoga class. Plentiful tannins give the inside of your cheeks a chalky rub, while there's surprising freshness considering the ripeness, leading to a lengthy finish. This is a baby that will turn out to be a great adult.
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Just outside the village, Clos Guillot sits on a slope on clay over limestone. The 2019 Chinon is a serious barrel sample that melts in your mouth with its silken texture. No crushing, very little remontage and a year in used barrels all lend a very gentle touch. The tannins build gradually, coating the mouth with the finest of chalky textures. Excellent acidity keeps things fresh through the finish.
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The Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot 2020 is an exquisite expression of Loire Valley's authentic Cabernet Franc. Born in the heart of Chinon, France, this vintage is a creation from the respected vintner, Bernard Baudry, revered for his dedication to organic viticulture and traditional winemaking methods. This piece de resistance originates from Le Clos Guillot, a unique vineyard with distinct terroir possessing limestone and clay soils. The grapes are diligently hand-harvested and processed with gentle pressing, fermentation taking place in traditional wooden vats, and meticulously aged in oak barrels for 12 to 18 months to attain its full potential. Notes of ripe red fruits, leather and spice tantalise the senses, making the Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot 2020 a harmonious balance of power, elegance and finesse. This wine is an enticing and complex treat for the discerning connoisseur, signifying the timeless charm of Bernard Baudry's oeuvre.

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Exuding grace and sophistication, the Butte Bourgueil Mi Pente 2014 is an exquisite testament to traditional French winemaking. Allied with the finest Cabernet Franc grapes handpicked from the sun-kissed hills of Bourgueil in the Loire Valley, this wine is a marvel of nature and human ingenuity. Accurate craftsmanship by the astute vintner produces its signature medium-bodied elegance accompanied by intriguingly complex flavours.

Following the classic Bourgueil style, it is carefully aged for up to 24 months in wooden oak barrels to craft a remarkable bouquet providing a harmonious blend of rich dark fruits and an underlying subtly of earthy undertones. Finely balanced acidity and supple tannins add to its impressively long finish, promising prolonged pleasure.

Butte Bourgueil Mi Pente 2014 indeed captures the essence of the region and the unrivalled skills of its producer. A distinguished selection, it caters to the sophisticated palate of the discerning, experienced wine aficionado.

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Experience the splendour of French viticulture with the Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Perrieres 2003. This noble wine hails from the esteemed vineyards of Bourgueil, located within the Loire Valley region. Conceived by renowned winemakers Catherine and Pierre Breton, they are celebrated for their commitment to meticulous organic and biodynamic winemaking practices. The grapes used in Bourgueil Perrieres are handpicked from 60-year-old vines, loaded with depth and complexity. The wine undergoes traditional vinification, with a long maceration period and aging in old wooden barrels, thus retaining the true essence of Cabernet Franc. The Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Perrieres 2003 captivates with its rich fruit, perfect balancing acidity, and distinct mineral undertones, a truthful representation of its terroir. Revel in its full-bodied elegance, truly a testament to the exceptional year of 2003. This bottle showcases the exquisite craftsmanship and the hallmark style of the Bretons, promising a memorable tasting experience.

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The Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Perrieres 2005 is a masterclass in organic winemaking from the exquisite region of Loire Valley. This exceptional red hails from Pierre and Catherine Breton, esteemed vintners dedicated to vinification sans chemicals since 1982. Grown in clay and limestone soil, the Cabernet Franc grapes were handpicked and naturally fermented, delivering a bouquet of dark fruit and earthy tones.

Meticulously aged for 24 months in seasoned oak barrels, Perrieres 2005 offers the gift of complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with moderate acidity and firm tannins, a harmony of blackcurrant, earthiness, and subtle spice. This biodynamic beauty boasts promising longevity, making it a unique addition to any collection.

Experience the taste of tradition interwoven with innovation and conscious winemaking in every drop of Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Perrieres 2005.

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Experience the magic of Loire valley's terroir with the Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Perrieres 2009. This exceptional red wine is handmade by the venerated biodynamic producers, Catherine and Pierre Breton. Grapes of the native Cabernet Franc varietal are handpicked from the organically farmed, 50-year-old vines in the Perrieres vineyard, ensuring an intense expression of its unique environment. After manual harvesting, the wine undergoes meticulous traditional winemaking practices, long maceration, and ageing in old oak barrels for up to two years to further refine its complexities.

This vintage is celebrated for its remarkable depth, structured tannins, and a sophisticated flavour profile brimming with ripe dark fruits, laced with subtle undertones of earth and spice. Long-lasting finish and stellar ageing potential make Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Perrieres 2009 a compelling choice for wine enthusiasts and collectors alike.

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Loire 2 94 (VN)
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The 2018 Chinon Clos de la Dioterie is richly fruited, reflecting the warmth of the vintage, and soft and mouth-filling despite not being heavy. There's baked fruit here, suggesting a combination of black currant, red cherry, cedar and spice. The tannins are structured and textured, showing this wine's intent, but it's all very well handled – those tannins are both resolved and incredibly chalky. This is a lengthy, serious wine with sinew. The vintage might be evident in the high alcohol and warm profile, but the class of the site is also indisputable.
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Loire 1 96 (WA)
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€456.00
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Aromas of limes, yellow citrus, crushed stones, herbs, chamomile and honey lead the 2012 Sancerre Edmond to a refreshingly mineral, profund and pure palate of great expression and a stimulating length with citrus flavors. This was my first note of the 2012 Sancerre Edmond, which is dedicated to Alphonse Mellot’s father Alphonse Edmond. The selection from the oldest (about 100 years old) Sauvignon Blanc grapes of the estate (on calcareous marl soils) is the purest and most precise expression of the kimmeridgian terroir because – and this is my finding of the second day – there is nothing more on the nose than ripe fruit aromas (nectarines again) based on and powdered with rock flour. This exceptional Sancerre was fermented and aged for 11 months in wooden vats and new demi-muid barrels, which initially seemed to add a further layer to this already very complex wine. However, the oak was completely absorbed by the minerality, which shines through even clearer the second day when Edmond became significantly more pure, transparent and naked. Its length, complexity and tension, though, remains unrivaled. This is a really powerful and expressive Sancerre but does neither lack purity nor finesse, thrill nor aging potential. I would definitely buy it to give it 8-10 years although it is already accessible.
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The Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Edmond 2018 is a true representation of French elegance, hailing from the esteemed Loire Valley. Produced by the Mellot family, pioneers of Sancerre winemaking since the 16th-century, this wine clearly signifies their mastery in the art. Crafted from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, the grapes are carefully handpicked and meticulously pressed, before being matured on fine lees for 12 long months, yielding a full-bodied wine of unparalleled complexity.

This vintage imparts a vibrant golden hue, carrying a sophisticated bouquet of white flowers and ripe citrus. On the palate, the Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Edmond 2018 unravels layers of delicate minerality, accented by a buoyant acidity that is inseparable from this remarkable terroir. Savour the lingering notes of citrus and stone fruit, echoing the signature of this illustrious heritage.

Every bottle of Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Edmond 2018 bears witness to a tradition of excellence, tempting discerning connoisseurs with every carefully curated sip.

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The Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Generation XIX Blanc 2010 is a sophisticated, generously complex Sauvignon Blanc hand-picked from 30-year-old vines in the revered limestone-rich vineyards of Sancerre. Adhering to strict biodynamic principles, the illustrious Alphonse Mellot family, respected vintners since 1513, ensures a sumptuous, organic symphony with every bottle. Fermentation unfurls in fine oak barrels, which imparts lavish, full-bodied nuances that deliciously mingle with the natural, vibrant acidity of the grape. Connoisseurs will delight in the wine's persistent mineral-inflected core, harmoniously interlacing with tendrils of white pear, grapefruit, and anise. Its opulent texture and impressive depth underscore its pedigree, as well as the Mellot family's unwavering commitment to mastery. A quintessential embodiment of Sancerre's terroir, the Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Generation XIX Blanc 2010 truly lived up to expectations for a wine of its calibre.

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Experience the mesmerising Alphonse Mellot Sancerre La Moussiere 2020, a peerless specimen of unique terroir expression from the prestigious Loire Valley vintner, Alphonse Mellot. This biodynamically cultivated Sauvignon Blanc vineyard was harvested by hand, ensuring only the finest grapes make it into the bottle. The result is a remarkable Sancerre of extensive complexity and striking purity. The wine undergoes fermentation in oak barrels, enhancing its natural texture and restoring a distinct minerality that is emblematic of the Sancerre terroir.

Alphonse Mellot Sancerre La Moussiere 2020 is a testament to French winemaking tradition, offering a near-perfect fusion of ripe fruit flavours, with notable hints of tangy currant and elegant herbal nuances. The finish is lingering, yet clean, capturing the invigorating freshness the region is renowned for. Expertly crafted, it personifies the splendour and finesse of white wines created in this historic estate.

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The Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Les Romains 2017, hailing from France's esteemed Loire Valley, is an embodiment of the Mellot family's 600 years of winemaking heritage. This exquisite vintage is produced with great commitment to sustainable viticulture, using 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes cultivated on the renowned Kimmeridgian marl of Les Romains vineyard, acclaimed for its unique terroir. The hand-harvested grapes are put through a meticulous process of fermentation in oak barrels, enhancing the wine's complexity and structure. This meticulous production process yields a refined palate of ripe citrus fruit and mineral undertones, underpinned by a vibrant acidity and pronounced minerality. Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Les Romains 2017 offers an exceptional balance that reveals its ageing potential. A captivating ensemble of freshness, élan, and finesse, this wine stands as an admirable reflection of Alphonse Mellot's skill, and a quintessential example of premium Sancerre.

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Introducing the elegant 'Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge En Grands Champs 2011', a masterwork of viniculture reflecting the prestige of the Maison Alphonse Mellot founded in 1513. Rooted in Sancerre, in the heart of France, the Mellot heritage prides itself on its centuries-old techniques and sustainable viticulture. This radiant red wine is crafted from gracefully matured Pinot Noir vines, flanked across the Grand Champs vineyard's limestone and clay soils. Its distinguished bouquet reveals fragrant notes of black cherries and wild berries. The palate beholds a rich harmony of nuanced tannins and polished acidity. Meticulously vinified through temperature-regulated fermentation followed by 10 to 14 months of aging in oak barrels, the 'Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge En Grands Champs 2011' offers an opulent expression of the traditional Sancerre Rouge, crafted to satiate the most discerning of wine enthusiasts. Immerse in the sheer indulgence of this pivotal vintage from the esteemed Alphonse Mellot domain.

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The Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge Generation XIX 2011 is indeed a fine choice for aficionados of exquisitely crafted French wines. This well-balanced red wine hails from the esteemed Mellot family, vignerons since 1513, located in the noble region of Sancerre. The vines bask in a unique microclimate that draws on both Atlantic and continental influences, producing this delicately structured Pinot Noir. The Mellot methodology, bio-dynamic since 1999, engages nature at its core, with sustainable farming techniques, and hand-picked grapes. The Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge Generation XIX 2011 speaks to the senses with a robust fruity aroma, silky tannins, and a lingering finish. The palate booms with hints of blackberries, cherries, and an understated minerality, encapsulating the Sancerre terroir. Traditionalists can revel in the classic nuances expressed in this wine, while modernists will appreciate its approachable complexity. Experience the legacy of Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge Generation XIX 2011 - a harmonious marriage of history and innovation.

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The Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge Generation XIX 2012 is the epitome of classic, top-drawer Pinot Noir, all the way from France's illustrious Loire Valley. Renowned producer Alphonse Mellot meticulously cultivates this single-vineyard wine. Rigorous hand-sorting ensures only the finest grapes are used, while the wine ages in French oak barrels for 12-18 months to reach its peak condition.

Possessing a radiant ruby hue, this 2012 vintage reveals an aromatic symphony of cherries, truffles, and a whiff of undergrowth. On the palate, it offers a harmonious balance of profound depth, refined tannins, and vivacious freshness. Its serene complexity and au courant elegance resonate well with the reputable Alphonse Mellot heritage, spanning 19 generations of winemaking. Savour the Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge Generation XIX 2012's luxurious layers as the esteemed ambassador of Sancerre Rouge wines.

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Heralding from the heart of Loire Valley's esteemed Sancerre region, Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge Generation XIX 2017 is a resplendent testament to centuries-old winemaking expertise. Esteemed producers Alphonse Mellot birth this exemplary Pinot Noir, honouring 19 generations of wine mastery. The hand-harvested, biodynamically-grown grapes masterfully echo the unique terroir of the upper Loire clay-limestone-hill soils to create a harmoniously balanced, dynamic glass.

Exhibiting a luscious ruby hue, the Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge Generation XIX 2017 delivers captivating notes of red berries, cherries and subtle undertones of earthy spices. The palate delights with age-worthy elegance, soft tannins, and an elongated finish. This meticulously crafted wine offers a paradigm of depth, concentration, and complexity, encapsulating the Mellot family's undeniable dedication to superior winemaking.

For the avid collector or discerning connoisseur, the Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Rouge Generation XIX 2017 provides a truly exemplary expression of esteemed Loire Pinot Noir. Experts have lauded this offering as a must-have, promising to age with breathtaking grace.

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Embark on an elegant journey with the Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Satellite 2010, a distinguished white wine from the esteemed vineyards of the Loire Valley in France. Crafted by the Mellot family, who boast 19 generations of winemaking expertise, this Sauvignon Blanc reveals a delightful harmony of depth and complexity.

Cherished for its purity of flavour, Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Satellite 2010 is organically farmed, and hand-harvested from limestone-clay soils, inducing a unique minerality. Maturation is carried out in French oak barrels, enhancing the wine's aromatic structure.

A brilliant straw yellow hue ignites intrigue, paving the way for a rich nose of lemon, green apple, and a hint of gooseberry. The palate presents an unforgettable balance of crisp acidity and nuanced stone fruit flavours. With impressive persistence, this wine makes an exemplary pairing with seafood and goat cheese.

Experience the pinnacle of French Sauvignon Blanc with Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Satellite 2010 – an embodiment of superior old world viticulture.

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Made from five different lieux-dits of the coteaux de Chavignol, with vines rooted in clay limestone soils for approximately 50 years, the 2012 Sancerre Satellite of Alphonse Mellot is a lovely fruity, fresh and appetizing mineral Chavignol of great precision, elegance and balance. Dressed in pale straw yellow, the wine is like an Armani perfume quoting citric and herbal aromas of limestoned yellow citrus, grapefruits, clementines, thyme and white nectarines. This is an outstanding Chavignol of great purity and length with vibrant energy and tension and a persistent salty finish. This is an impressively enjoyable, elegant and complex Sancerre indeed.
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Antoine Sanzay Saumur Champigny 2018, a provocative Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley, is a testament to the mastery of its vintner. Produced in France's iconic Saumur Champigny appellation, this luscious wine inspires with its nuanced complexity. The grapes are manually harvested and subjected to a meticulous délestage process, resulting in a seamless blend of opulence and structure.

This esteemed producer, Antoine Sanzay, crafts with historic practices; a dedication to biodynamic viticulture, low intervention enology, and a passion for expressing the terroir's unique limestone-rich chalky soils. Triumphant in attitude, Antoine Sanzay Saumur Champigny 2018 showcases a delicate bouquet of redcurrants and violets, underpinned by a robust, earthy base.

Indulge in the crisp acidity and elegant tannins of this wine. Antoine Sanzay's masterful production, limited to just 2000 bottles per annum, offers a distinctive pleasure to fine wine connoisseurs.

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Experience the fine crafting of the Antoine Sanzay Saumur Champigny Les Poyeux 2017, an exquisite red wine that reflects the superb terroir from the renowned Saumur Champigny region of the Loire Valley. Created by legendary wine producer Antoine Sanzay, this lavish wine boasts the exquisite Cabernet Franc grape on the serene, calcareous clay soil of the prestigious Les Poyeux vineyard. Following a sustainable viticulture approach, the grapes are hand-harvested and followed by a two-month ageing process in oak barrels to enhance their character.

The end product is an elegant, full-based red that unfolds layers of ripe black fruit flavours and delicate spice. It equally exhibits a sophisticated minerality and supple tannin structure, making the Antoine Sanzay Saumur Champigny Les Poyeux 2017 a shining testament to Antoine Sanzay's commitment to producing wines of depth, finesse, and expressive terroir embodiment. Perfect for wine enthusiasts seeking top-quality and beautifully crafted Loire Valley wines.

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The splendid Antoine Sanzay Saumur Champigny Les Poyeux 2018 is a faultless example of meticulous vinification in Saumur-Champigny, Loire Valley, France. This 100% Cabernet Franc edition is cultivated from limestone-clay terroir, revealing warm, rock-imbued structure. Destemmed grapes are fermented with indigenous yeast in stainless-steel vats before maturing for 18 months in seasoned oak barrels, guaranteeing a refined, delicate blend.

Antoine Sanzay, a renowned winemaker, staunchly upholds sustainable winemaking, eschewing chemical intervention for a purer expression of the grape. The 2018 iteration showcases harmonised tannins, elegant minerality and resonant dark fruit notes. A full-bodied, yet sprightly palate, suffused with precise balance of verve and purity, marks its signature style.

Antoine Sanzay Saumur Champigny Les Poyeux 2018 transcends temporal bounds, with a potential for beautiful ageing in steeliness and ever-evolving depth. A bottle that unquestionably should form part of any discerning wine enthusiast's collection.

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Unveiling the prestigious Bel Air Bourgueil Vingt Lieux Dits 2020, an alluring testament to French winemaking wisdom. Handcrafted in the heart of Loire Valley, this remarkable vintage hails from a vineyard known for its rich, fertile soils and perfect climes for heroine grape, Cabernet Franc.

The illustrious producer worked the terroir artfully, employing traditional harvesting methods to guarantee the most authentic expression of the grape character. Renowned for their exemplary savoir-faire, the winemaking process harmoniously blends tradition and innovation to yield an imposing structure and inspiring complexity.

The finished product? A tantalising wine that effortlessly combines intensity and suppleness, boasting notes of juicy red currants, dark cherries, and hints of spicy pepper. All swirling together in a sumptuous dance, the Bel Air Bourgueil Vingt Lieux Dits 2020 promises to beautifully age and evolve, stimulating the palates of fine wine aficionados everywhere.

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The Belargus Anjou Quarts 2020 is an exquisite manifestation of the French viticulture traditions. Crafted in the historical Loire Valley, this seductive wine exhibits aromatic complexity and dynamic vivacity. It is a pure expression of the Anjou terroir, where each vine is nourished by the diverse soil composition of quartz and schist. Belargus, recognised globally, is renowned for producing distinctive wines of incomparable quality.

This 2020 vintage is made from 100% Chenin Blanc – revered for the intense honeyed floral and apple notes it imparts into the wine. Elaborated by organic winemaking methods, Belargus Anjou Quarts 2020 portrays an enthralling balance between acidity and sweetness. Its golden hue and rich texture resonate with the meticulous care and time-honoured technique devoted to its creation.

Belargus Anjou Quarts 2020 is a testament to the winemaker's commitment to sustainable methods and pure, keen attention to detail. It is truly a connoisseur's delight.

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"'Les Rouères' is one of the three plots listed in the original decree creating the Quarts-de-Chaume appellation, on the eastern side," reports Ivan Massonat. "The soils, thin and hot, rest on pudding sandstone—sand concretions and rolled gravel—accumulating the heat of the day and restoring it at night. This solar terroir gives birth to charming, ample and complex wines," finds Massonnat. His golden-colored 2019 Anjou Sec Rouères, from a 2.96-hectare plot, opens with a deep, intense and rich yet immediately also crystalline, fresh and concentrated bouquet of ripe and warm fruits intertwined with refreshing and piquant grapefruit and smoked speck aromas (think warm baked dates wrapped in bacon). The Rouères seems cooler, more crystalline and purer than the expansive, rich and narcotic 2019 Veau. Accordingly, the introduction on the palate is crystalline and full of vibrant minerality, purity and fine tannins, whereas the fruit is more lean and bitter, intertwined with tannins, heroic acidity and salts. The finish is still tight and reminiscent of candied lemons and a tequila-like salt and lemon mix. The 2019 Rouères is much less Dionysian at this early stage but Appollinese. The nose is almost a bit dusty, pure and stony as it is, and the oh-so-salty and piquant palate is built on finesse and mineral freshness rather than richness and power. This is definitely a wine to cellar for 10 or 20 years, and certainly longer. The still-tight and austere but tensile 2019 Rouères should gain complexity and texture with bottle age and eventually might also develop some hedonistic features, but for now it pleases most of all the Riesling aficionados among us. Natural cork. Tasted in September 2021.
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The Belargus Anjou Roueres 2020 is a paragon of finesse from the prestigious loamy soils of Anjou, in the Loire Valley, France. This esteemed wine, cultivated by Belargus' master winemakers, elegantly showcases the region's characteristic Chenin Blanc grape, exuding a bouquet of quince, chamomile, and acacia. The wine's concise minerality brims with the immensity of its terroir.

Belargus winery, a distinguished producer known for their sequencing of biodynamic principles, ensures every bottle reflects a purity of fruit with nuanced structure. A part of the 2020 vintage, the Anjou Roueres offers a sensibly dry palate with balanced acidity. The fermentation and maturation process in oak barrels underscores the delicate complexity of the genuine Chenin Blanc.

Whether accompanying a light repast or treasured solo, the Belargus Anjou Roueres 2020 deserves a spot in every discerning wine aficionado's cellar. It is an eloquent testament to the harmonious relationship between nature's generosity and masterful winemaking.

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"Le Veau is one of the three plots listed in the original decree creating the Quarts-de-Chaume appellation, on the western side," Ivan Massonnat explains, introducing his Anjou Sec Veau. The southwest-facing 1.68-hectare-plot rests on a flush schist area, giving this Anjou from the Quarts-de-Chaume AC (which is exclusively reserved for noble sweet wines) not only richness and power but also mineral tension and great aging potential. In 2018, Massonnat forgot to isolate the fruits of Le Veau, so it went into the Ronceray that I described earlier this year. The 2019 Anjou Sec Veau exhibits an intensely golden-yellow color followed by accordingly intense and concentrated, full and almost overripe, sweet and juicy tropical fruit that is absolutely exciting and made to meditate about whether the Quarts-de-Chaume appellation should not be opened to dry wines as well. However, this unique 2019 opens mind-blowingly intense, rich and complex and immediately asks for our time in order to explore all its depths and to follow the developments in the glass (I am using Zwiesel's wide and open Sensory Giacomo Conterno glass, which is just perfect for this kind of wine). On the palate, this full-bodied and rich yet perfectly balanced and elegant Chenin promptly reveals great finesse and minerality before the fruits come through and cover the palate with an almost oily texture; the spectacularly long finish, carried by crystalline acidity, cuts through this richness to leave the palate with a powerful, intense and aromatic as well as persistently salty aftertaste. This is another picture-book Chenin Blanc from Domaine Belargus, whose interplay of finesse and salinity with power and richness is mind-blowing. Natural cork. Tasted in September 2021.
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Explore the unique and luxurious delight of the 'Belargus Anjou Veau 2020'. Crafted with precision in the rich soils of Loire Valley, France, this remarkable wine carries the distinct regional essence. The producer, Maison Belargus, is renowned for quality wines matured through innovative techniques. Rigorously following sustainable viticulture, the Belargus Anjou Veau 2020 boasts of expressive local varietals, with handling that enhances its natural aromatics.

The wine was vinified naturally and aged in used wooden barrels to create an unfiltered, impeccably pure expression retaining its fruit intensity. With a nose braced by fresh citrus and a lively palate hinting at touches of exotic fruits, the Belargus Anjou Veau 2020 forms a perfect harmony of immense freshness and approachable depth. Bask in the classic elegance of this white, a delightful addition to any sophisticated wine collection.

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Belargus's dark, amber-orange colored 2018 Quarts-de-Chaume Grand Cru Liquoreux Ultra is a tribute to the famous Ambroisie by Jo Pithon, an over-concentrated Quarts-de-Chaume with more than 30 degrees potential at harvest, referred to as “Ultra.” The wine opens with an intense and ultra concentrated but still vinous and not overly fruity bouquet with pencil point notes on the first nose that slowly reveals concentrated, syrupy apricot and roasted bacon-rind notes. Enormously viscous on the palate but at the same time so finessed, vital and balanced that the wine never weighs heavily and is not even sticky, this is an exceptional QDC, of which just one barrel was produced. This 2018 is made for eternity and belongs to the finest noble sweet wines I have ever had. Even though I am so much in love with the Les Quarts twin, I have to admit that here comes not only an even sweeter Quarts-de-Chaume but also an even more concentrated and finessed one. The aging capacity is ideal, and due to its balance, I don't see any doubts the wine can age 100 and more years. What a start for Domaine Belargus! 9% alcohol. Tasted in June 2021.
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The ripeness of the 2018 vintage gives an almost Syrah/Viognier character to the Chinon La Croix Boissée, which offers sweet black fruit and a creamy apricot note. Sumptuous yet never ever opulent, it's almost as if the wine's just done a yoga class. Plentiful tannins give the inside of your cheeks a chalky rub, while there's surprising freshness considering the ripeness, leading to a lengthy finish. This is a baby that will turn out to be a great adult.
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Just outside the village, Clos Guillot sits on a slope on clay over limestone. The 2019 Chinon is a serious barrel sample that melts in your mouth with its silken texture. No crushing, very little remontage and a year in used barrels all lend a very gentle touch. The tannins build gradually, coating the mouth with the finest of chalky textures. Excellent acidity keeps things fresh through the finish.
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The Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot 2020 is an exquisite expression of Loire Valley's authentic Cabernet Franc. Born in the heart of Chinon, France, this vintage is a creation from the respected vintner, Bernard Baudry, revered for his dedication to organic viticulture and traditional winemaking methods. This piece de resistance originates from Le Clos Guillot, a unique vineyard with distinct terroir possessing limestone and clay soils. The grapes are diligently hand-harvested and processed with gentle pressing, fermentation taking place in traditional wooden vats, and meticulously aged in oak barrels for 12 to 18 months to attain its full potential. Notes of ripe red fruits, leather and spice tantalise the senses, making the Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot 2020 a harmonious balance of power, elegance and finesse. This wine is an enticing and complex treat for the discerning connoisseur, signifying the timeless charm of Bernard Baudry's oeuvre.

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Exuding grace and sophistication, the Butte Bourgueil Mi Pente 2014 is an exquisite testament to traditional French winemaking. Allied with the finest Cabernet Franc grapes handpicked from the sun-kissed hills of Bourgueil in the Loire Valley, this wine is a marvel of nature and human ingenuity. Accurate craftsmanship by the astute vintner produces its signature medium-bodied elegance accompanied by intriguingly complex flavours.

Following the classic Bourgueil style, it is carefully aged for up to 24 months in wooden oak barrels to craft a remarkable bouquet providing a harmonious blend of rich dark fruits and an underlying subtly of earthy undertones. Finely balanced acidity and supple tannins add to its impressively long finish, promising prolonged pleasure.

Butte Bourgueil Mi Pente 2014 indeed captures the essence of the region and the unrivalled skills of its producer. A distinguished selection, it caters to the sophisticated palate of the discerning, experienced wine aficionado.

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Experience the splendour of French viticulture with the Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Perrieres 2003. This noble wine hails from the esteemed vineyards of Bourgueil, located within the Loire Valley region. Conceived by renowned winemakers Catherine and Pierre Breton, they are celebrated for their commitment to meticulous organic and biodynamic winemaking practices. The grapes used in Bourgueil Perrieres are handpicked from 60-year-old vines, loaded with depth and complexity. The wine undergoes traditional vinification, with a long maceration period and aging in old wooden barrels, thus retaining the true essence of Cabernet Franc. The Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Perrieres 2003 captivates with its rich fruit, perfect balancing acidity, and distinct mineral undertones, a truthful representation of its terroir. Revel in its full-bodied elegance, truly a testament to the exceptional year of 2003. This bottle showcases the exquisite craftsmanship and the hallmark style of the Bretons, promising a memorable tasting experience.

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The Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Perrieres 2005 is a masterclass in organic winemaking from the exquisite region of Loire Valley. This exceptional red hails from Pierre and Catherine Breton, esteemed vintners dedicated to vinification sans chemicals since 1982. Grown in clay and limestone soil, the Cabernet Franc grapes were handpicked and naturally fermented, delivering a bouquet of dark fruit and earthy tones.

Meticulously aged for 24 months in seasoned oak barrels, Perrieres 2005 offers the gift of complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with moderate acidity and firm tannins, a harmony of blackcurrant, earthiness, and subtle spice. This biodynamic beauty boasts promising longevity, making it a unique addition to any collection.

Experience the taste of tradition interwoven with innovation and conscious winemaking in every drop of Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Perrieres 2005.

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Experience the magic of Loire valley's terroir with the Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Perrieres 2009. This exceptional red wine is handmade by the venerated biodynamic producers, Catherine and Pierre Breton. Grapes of the native Cabernet Franc varietal are handpicked from the organically farmed, 50-year-old vines in the Perrieres vineyard, ensuring an intense expression of its unique environment. After manual harvesting, the wine undergoes meticulous traditional winemaking practices, long maceration, and ageing in old oak barrels for up to two years to further refine its complexities.

This vintage is celebrated for its remarkable depth, structured tannins, and a sophisticated flavour profile brimming with ripe dark fruits, laced with subtle undertones of earth and spice. Long-lasting finish and stellar ageing potential make Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Perrieres 2009 a compelling choice for wine enthusiasts and collectors alike.

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The 2018 Chinon Clos de la Dioterie is richly fruited, reflecting the warmth of the vintage, and soft and mouth-filling despite not being heavy. There's baked fruit here, suggesting a combination of black currant, red cherry, cedar and spice. The tannins are structured and textured, showing this wine's intent, but it's all very well handled – those tannins are both resolved and incredibly chalky. This is a lengthy, serious wine with sinew. The vintage might be evident in the high alcohol and warm profile, but the class of the site is also indisputable.
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The Loire Valley is a varied reaching following the Loire river from the Central Vineyards, with its continental climate, westwards through Torraine, Anjou-Samur and finally Nantes with a maritime climate. The Loire offers some excellent dry and sweeter whites from Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. There is also excellent and good value sparkling wine, Cremant de Loire and charming reds from Cabernet Franc.
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