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Dom. de La Noblaie Chinon 2012

Domaine de La Noblaie, AOC Chinon, Indre-et-Loire, Touraine, France, 2012 The Chinon AOC straddles the Vienne river. Permitted varieties are cabernet franc (locally known as breton) and cabernet sauvgnon (max 10% in a blend with cabernet franc) for red and … Continue reading

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Bulles de Roche Saumur NV

Thierry Germain et Michel Chevre, Bulles de Roche, AOC Saumur, Maine et Loire, France, NV This wine: a 90% chenin blanc blend with chardonnay and cabernet franc, the vins clairs (base wines) are aged in oak (of unspecified age), Champagne method, … Continue reading

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Ch. Gravelle Muscadet SL 2007

Chateau de la Gravelle, Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie, AOP Muscadet Sevre et Maine, Gorges, Pays de La Loire, France, 2007 Pays Nantais: Located close to the Atlantic coast, the climate is mild and maritime, with risk of rain throughout … Continue reading

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Minet Pouilly Fume 2006

Regis Minet, Vieilles Vignes, AOC Pouilly Fume, Loire, France, 2006 This wine: varietal sauvignon blanc, fermented and aged in stainless steel, natural cork closure, 13% abv, Gauntleys, £8 (bin end, was £14.57) (03/17) Consumer tasting note: proof that some sauvignon … Continue reading

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Les Tarnes Menetou-Salon 2015

Jean-Paul Godinat (vigneron/negociant), Les Chais du Val de Loire, Les Tarnes, AOP Menetou-Salon, Loire, France 2015 Menetou Salon, lying about 20 miles south-west of Sancerre and 10 miles north-east of Bourges, can offer decent, and better, sauvignon quality without the premium prices … Continue reading

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Hubert Brochard Sancerre 2015

Hubert Brochard, AOC Sancerre, Cher, France, 2015 This wine: varietal sauvignon blanc, nomacorc closure, 13% abv, widely available, £18 (12/16) Consumer tasting note: a strong nose of ripe citrus, white stone fruit and dessert apple edged with ripe green pepper; … Continue reading

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Dom. Moreaux Valencay 2008

Francis Jourdain, Domaine des Moreaux, Les Cherts, AOC Valencay, Indre, Centre, France, 2008 Valencay lies just to the south of the Cheverny appellation, but on the left bank of the Cher, spreading southwards towards the Indre. The reds can be gamay dominated, along … Continue reading

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