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    Getting Back to Vouvray: The 2012 Vintage

    After my look at 2013 Vouvray, written on the basis of some 2013s I have tasted, I want to also look back at 2012, and th ...

    15 readers - By WineDR

    Joseph Mellot Sancerre Le Rabault Rosé 2013, Loire, France

    This needs time to come out of its shell, so don’t be afraid to decant it Joseph Mellot Sancerre Le Rabault Rosé 2013, Loire, France (£16 ...

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      Getting to Grips with Vouvray 2013

      WineDR - - 14 readers - How long is “long enough” in Vouvray? Three weeks certainly wasn’t long enough for me, and as ever I left feeling I had only really scratched ...

      Aug. 2 LCBO Wine Picks: California + Alsace + Loire

      Vintages Wine Picks & Reviews - - 18 readers - The next LCBO Vintages release will be on shelves across Ontario this Saturday, August 2nd. The major theme of this release is on top wines from California, with an emphasis on Cabs, Zins and Chards. There are two minor themes - one which focuses on white wines from Loire and Alsace, while the second focuses on mostly disappointing Greek wines.

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      Checking in on. . . . Les Girardieres 2008

      …Time to check in on another older wine now, at this time I’m taking a look at the 2008 Vouvray Les Girardières, from Domaine des Aubuisières. Now I can hear snorts of derision at the bank. Yes, I know the 2008 vintage isn’t an ancient one. And we all know Vouvray can evolve…

      By WineDR

      Ploughing by Horse at Le Clos de la Meslerie

      …During a recent trip to Vouvray I learnt that a number of domaines in the appellation, plus one or two in Montlouis, have joined forces to begin working with horses on at least a section of their vineyard. A key figure in the project is Vincent Carême, and joining him are a number of his…

      3 readers - By WineDR

      More tasting notes

      … My grasp of French is atrocious. A year of high school tuition decades ago only giving me insight into how much I disliked my teacher. This is of course mostly my own fault and now I see just what I have missed. Without language so many doors remain locked. . . not unexpectedly during my sojourn to Paris, I felt excluded. I saw and did as much…

      2 readers - By Wino sapien

      New in. . . .the Loire

      …One of the joys of focusing on one region is getting to know the stars and keeping tabs on how their domaines develop, and of course returning year after year to taste and report on the latest vintages. It will probably come as no surprise to many that I enjoy getting back to the Loire […]…

      2 readers - By WineDR

      One Last Look: Vouvray 2011

      …Having looked at 2013 Vouvray, and 2012 Vouvray, I want to finish off with a quick round-up of 2011 Vouvray. It is, of the three vintages, perhaps the most complex and the most difficult to understand. In order to explain why, I want first to look back to the vintage in general, followed by my…

      By WineDR

      Chateau de Tracy, Pouilly Fume AOP, Loire, France, 2011, 13% abv, C$51

      … Pouilly Fume AOP is in the eastern Loire Valley, just across the Loire River and to the east of Sancerre.  This region is known now for its white Sauvignon Blanc wines that have characteristic pungent aromas and flavours of gooseberry and flint, but originally the most widely-used grape used to be Chasselas. The current owners are Comte Henri…

      6 readers - By winellama

      insiders: monsieur henri, 75003

      … I recently lauded fledgling 11ème wine bar Aux Deux Cygnes for bringing a bit of professionalism and style to its gentrification-frontier quartier. If that establishment's location is central to its charm, the same dynamic applies to another new Paris wine bar, the 9-month-old Monsieur Henri, which manages to be impressively discreet despite…

      7 readers - By not drinking poison in paris

      Morrisons Sancerre Rosé 2013, Loire, France

      …Morrisons Sancerre Rosé 2013, Loire, France (£10.99 Morrisons) A wine that combines quite rich rounded berry and cherry flavours with some ripe apple crispness and a gentle earthy/mineral note, but let down by the whiff of sulphur that was there on first opening and doesn’t seem to fade with time.  C+…

      3 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

      Checking in on . . . . Clos du Papillon 2002

      …The 2002 vintage was a very interesting one in the Loire Valley, especially for white wines made from Chenin Blanc, both in Anjou and Vouvray. The wines continue to do very well; so much so that even in the past couple of weeks I have added more 2002s from my cellar, including wines from Domaine […]…

      6 readers - By WineDR

      Getting Back to Vouvray: The 2012 Vintage

      …After my look at 2013 Vouvray, written on the basis of some 2013s I have tasted, I want to also look back at 2012, and then 2011. I will start with the more recent of these two vintages here, again looking at it in the context of recently tasted wines, during my recent trip…

      15 readers - By WineDR

      Some wines from a weekend away

      …. This is a really impressive Macon, with lovely tangerine, lemon and grapefruit. Lovely texture here with purity and focus, and a really delicious almost saline mineral quality. 90/100 (£10.99 Marks & Spencer) Domaine Fillatreau Chateau Fouquet Saumur 2012 Loire, France This comes from a domaine with 6.5 hectares of organic vineyards…

      2 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

      Two lovely Loire Chenins

      … These were two wines I enjoyed at the IPNC Grand Dinner, sandwiched between Pascaline Lepeltier and Rajat Parr. Totally brilliant examples of Chenin Blanc from the Loire. Quite different in style, but beautiful. In particular, watch out for the wines of Thibaud Boudignon, a new star of Savennieres. Thibaud Boudignon Savennieres 2012 Loire…

      6 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

      Joseph Mellot Sancerre Le Rabault Rosé 2013, Loire, France

      …This needs time to come out of its shell, so don’t be afraid to decant it Joseph Mellot Sancerre Le Rabault Rosé 2013, Loire, France (£16.99 Famous Wines, Eagle Wines, The Leamington Wine Company, Kingsgate Wines) Very shy initially, with muted fruit, and the whiff of sulphur still speaking of a very young wine. But […]…

      16 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

      2013 Arrogant Frog White Wines

      …) later this week. Catching up from vacation is hard. 2013 Arrogant Frog Sauvignon Blanc Varietal:  100% Sauvignon Blanc Region:  Loire, France Winemaker’s Notes:  Bright lemon color with hints of green. Complex nose with notes of grapefruit, gooseberry and herbaceous aromas with some slightly smoky notes. Fruity with a well-balanced acidity…

      4 readers - By The Good Wine Guru

      Getting to Grips with Vouvray 2013

      …How long is “long enough” in Vouvray? Three weeks certainly wasn’t long enough for me, and as ever I left feeling I had only really scratched the surface of this very famous appellation, despite visiting many of the top domaines. Over the course of several days I called upon and tasted with Philippe Foreau, François…

      14 readers - By WineDR
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