Loire

The Loire (French pronunciation: ​[lwaʁ]; Occitan: Léger; Breton: Liger) is the longest river in France. With a length of 1,012 kilometres (629 mi), it drains an area of 117,054 km2 (45,195 sq mi), or more than a fifth of France's land area, and is the 170th longest river in the world. It rises in the highlands of the southeastern quarter of the Massif Central in the Cévennes range (in the département of Ardèche) at 1,350 m (4,430 ft) near Mont Gerbier de Jonc; it flows northward for over 1,000 km (620 mi) through Nevers to Orléans, then west through Tours and Nantes until it reaches the Bay of Biscay (Atlantic Ocean) at St Nazaire.
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  • 2012 Domaine du Mortier “Graviers” Lead pencil notes...

    … 2012 Domaine du Mortier “Graviers” Lead pencil notes along with boysenberries, black cherries, cassis, and a hint of compost. Redder fruit on the palate - raspberries with wood notes. Finishes with a graphite texture. There’s a lot going on in this wine, but it comes together and feels light in your mouth. 4/5 bones $$ Cabernet Franc 12% abv Loire, FRANCE …

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  • 2012 Henry Marionnet Touraine Première Vendange Gimme! Gimme!...

    … 2012 Henry Marionnet Touraine Première Vendange Gimme! Gimme! This is a 100% Gamay wine from the Touraine - furthermore, it’s bottled with no sulfur! Definitely smells like Gamay on the nose - yumberries, strawberries, graphite, stone, iron, and bramble. Graphite on the attack on the palate; red fruit and bramble on the finish. Metallic. Cool stuff! 4/5 bones $$ Gamay 12.5% abv Touraine, FRANCE …

    Shiba Sommelier- 2 readers -
  • A Gentle Tour of Vouvray

    … the TGV line (the one that subsequently disappears into a tunnel, the campaign led by the late Gaston Huet having succeeded in prevented it cutting through the vineyards). 1:11: Past the Loge du Foujoin (a beautifully restored cabin where vineyard workers would once take shelter). 1:40: Lots of corn! 2:25: Into the Vallée de Vaugondy – now onto…

    Chris Kissack/ WineDR- 2 readers -
  • Big release, bigger wines

    …, incredulous modernity, unabashed behaviour and high alcohol – but it handles it well. Tasted October 2014 @MDWinery @imbibersreport Jean Max Roger Cuvée Les Chante Alouettes Pouilly Fumé 2013, Loire, France (391623, $28.95, WineAlign) Calm, reserved and intelligent. Just a faint hint of smoke, a whiff or a puff, here today, gone tomorrow. Glade…

  • Critics Need Benchmarks

    …, L’Église-Clinet, Lafite, Tertre-Roteboeuf, Ausone, Margaux, Haut-Brion, I could go on but you get the idea – for years and years, if at all. I’m sure others see the same problem, but perhaps related to different regions. But for me, I see it in the Loire and Bordeaux. Critics need benchmarks to be credible. Without these benchmarks, it’s another process of random number generation and eye-rolling. Filed under: Bordeaux, Loire, Wine Writing Posted by Chris Kissack on November 6, 2014 at 2:32 pm No Comments » …

    Chris Kissack/ WineDRin Chardonnay- 5 readers -
  • Checking in on . . . . another 2002, from Jo Pithon

    … Pulling some more mature bottles from the cellar in the past month has resulted in me pulling the corks on several Loire Valley wines from the 2002 vintage. Here’s another to add to the list, from Jo Pithon, in the days before he teamed up with stepson Jo Paillé to create Pithon-Paillé, today one of the most exciting domaines in Anjou. I…

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  • Savennieres & Loire Valley Wines comes to NYC

    … Racines Chef Frederic Duca Very interesting evening with Evelyne de Pontbriand of Domaine du Closel and Rouge Tomate Master Sommelier Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier, a table of very fortunate journalists set out to discover the quality and diversity of wines from Savennieres in the Loire Valley. Located 9 miles south-west of Angers and 196…

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  • 2010 Bourgueil, Cuvée Préstige, Domaine de la Lande, Loire, France

    … and Siobhán Astbury of HH&C – it was one of the most remarkable wines of the week. Bear in mind that I had spent the week tasting Bordeaux First Growths et al. – clearly this was quite an achievement. Add to the fact that on the L’univerre wine list it was a mere 35 euros you can see that our enjoyment level was cosmic. This bottle inspired the HH…

    Matthew Jukesin Cabernet Franc- 7 readers -
  • Checking in on . . . . Le Haut de la Butte 2002

    … maturity. The cuvée in question comes from the upper parts of the Butte vineyard, as the name suggests. The nose is elegant, quite tense, with pointed blackcurrant-skin character rubbed over a base of white stone, with maturing, autumn-leaf edges. This tense and challenging nature comes through on the palate with a lean and rather rubbed sense of fading…

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  • Fine wines with lunch, old-school wine trade style

    … to the pear and peach fruit with some bold melony richness. Quite mellow with richness, texture and a spicy finish. 93/100 Faiveley Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 1995 Burgundy, France Lovely aromatics: taut, spice blackberries and black cherry fruit. Grippy, spicy, vivid palate which is tannic and bold. A fresh, intense red Burgundy that’s detailed…

    jamie goode's wine blogin Pinot Noir Riesling- 8 readers -
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