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    Fine wines with lunch, old-school wine trade style

    These wines were recently tasted at a rather fine lunch at La Trompette, which is a great restaurant. It went on a long time, as you can imagine. I’m always struck by how well older bottles of top Bordeaux show in these situations, and how inconsistent red Burgundy can be. And the Rhône can be very strong, when it’s the right people making the wine.

    8 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

    Domaine Chatelain Pouilly-Fumé 2013

    My trip to Lidl saw me buying a four pack of wine so I’m slowly working my way through my Lidl choices. I picked up this Domaine Chatelain Pouilly-Fumé 2013 for the straightforward reason that I cycled through Pouilly-sur-Loire as I made my way from the Northern Rhone along the Loire to Tours on the Way of Saint Martin. It’s a great bike ride if you get the chance.

    7 readers - By Erin Mellor/ Golly's Wine Drops

      From VINTAGES for Thanksgiving, in wine and with song

      Godello - - 4 readers - Le Clos Jordanne Vineyard Photo: (www.leclosjordanne.com) Whatever your plans are for Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, I highly recommend they include wine and music. Last year my picks to meet the bird emanated from a Loire state of mind. A new Sancerre makes this year’s shortlist because “you can always use a good Sancerre.

      A Good Value Pouilly-Fume

      WineDR - - 3 readers - I think everyone knows the Loire Valley is a fine source of good value Sauvignon Blanc and in a good vintage, such as 2012, the Touraine region was bursting at the seams with lots of full and flavoursome Sauvignon Blancs to beat anything New Zealand can produce. Well that’s my opinion, although I guess it depends on what style of Sauvignon Blanc you enjoy; for me the tense and m ...

      Checking in on . . . . Le Haut de la Butte 2002

      WineDR - - 2 readers - I’ve been checking out a few Loire Valley wines from 2002 recently. This is mostly through serendipity, sometimes they are bottles recently purchased (it is amazing what great value can be had in the Loire when buying mature bottles, especially when compared to the same vintage in Bordeaux or Burgundy) and sometimes they have been bottles that have bobbed to the surface in the cellar.

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      Checking in on . . . . Le Haut de la Butte 2002

      …I’ve been checking out a few Loire Valley wines from 2002 recently. This is mostly through serendipity, sometimes they are bottles recently purchased (it is amazing what great value can be had in the Loire when buying mature bottles, especially when compared to the same vintage in Bordeaux or Burgundy) and sometimes they have been bottles…

      2 readers - By WineDR

      Fine wines with lunch, old-school wine trade style

      … the wine. François Cotat Chavignol La Grande Côte 1992 Loire, France This has aged beautifully. Lovely grapefruit, herbs, tangerine and some sweet crystalline fruits. Still very bright and precise with nice maturity. Fabulous stuff. 94/100 Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc De L’Orée 2003 Northern Rhône, France Mature, toasty and creamy with nice texture…

      8 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

      Six stunning wines this week matched to the Saturday Kitchen recipes in Weekend Magazine

      …-Fumés in the UK and it has a fabulous, accurate, lemon zest and asparagus nose with a long, tangy palate and wonderful refreshing air. A classy aperitif and great wine with seafood, I commend it to you. 2014 Fish Hoek, Malbec, Western Cape, South Africa (£8.99, reduced to £5.99 each if you buy 2 bottles, until 27 October, Majestic). Gennaro Contaldo’s…

      6 readers - By Matthew Jukes

      From VINTAGES for Thanksgiving, in wine and with song

      … but if “you say Morocco and that makes me smile,” I’ll know I’ve just had a taste of something fine. Tasted August 2014 @TandemSelection Argyros Assyrtiko 2013, Santorini, Greece (387365, $19.95, WineAlign) This Assyrtiko has a small bass note, down below, beneath the snare and the jump back. It causes quite a Rufus rumpus. Its got sax notes that drive…

      4 readers - By Michael Godel/ Godello

      A Good Value Pouilly-Fume

      …I think everyone knows the Loire Valley is a fine source of good value Sauvignon Blanc and in a good vintage, such as 2012, the Touraine region was bursting at the seams with lots of full and flavoursome Sauvignon Blancs to beat anything New Zealand can produce. Well that’s my opinion, although I guess it depends on what style of Sauvignon Blanc…

      3 readers - By WineDR

      Domaine Chatelain Pouilly-Fumé 2013

      …My trip to Lidl saw me buying a four pack of wine so I’m slowly working my way through my Lidl choices. I picked up this Domaine Chatelain Pouilly-Fumé 2013 for the straightforward reason that I cycled through Pouilly-sur-Loire as I made my way from the Northern Rhone along the Loire to Tours on the Way of Saint Martin. It’s a great bike ride…

      7 readers - By Erin Mellor/ Golly's Wine Drops

      Domaine FL Les Bergères Anjou Chenin 2010, Loire, France

      …Wines like this make my spine tingle and my mouth smile Domaine FL Les Bergères Anjou Chenin 2010, Loire, France (£16.99 Liberty Wines) Lovely clean, keen, style with herby green apple and taut citrus tension, some of that slightly odd, waxy and not-at-all-mouldy cheesecloth character and a savoury mineral edge set against fleshier honeyed pear and quince elements. Brisk, like warm cheeks on a cold day, complex and very tasty. S(+)…

      2 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

      Denis Jamain Reuilly Les Pierres Plates 2012, Loire, France

      …Lovely tense Sauvignon from a place that’s often forgotten in the rush for other more famous Loire wines Denis Jamain Reuilly Les Pierres Plates 2012, Loire, France (£14.50 Ellis Wharton Wines) Lots of sappy, nettle-and-herb tension, balanced with fresh lime, lemon and blackcurrant leaf flavours, plus a touch of just-mown grass, and while there’s a backbone of zingy acidity and taut minerality, there’s enough flesh to pad it out. S(-)…

      1 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

      Wine Tastings for Portland: Friday, September 12, 2014

      …Wine Tastings for Portland: Friday, September 12, 2014 September 12, 2014 Portland Wine Tastings E & R Wine Shop 5:30-7:30 Every Day Wine French, Really Good French; $12 – 2013 Domaine de la Bregeonnette Muscadet Sevre et Maine, Loire Valley – 2012 Domaine de Veilloux Cheverny “Les Veilleurs” Rouge, Loire Valley (70% Pinot Noir, 20% Gamay Noir…

      1 readers - By Portland Oregon Wine

      2007 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Haut-Lieu What a nose!...

      …2007 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Haut-Lieu What a nose! Gruyère cheese rind. Pear skin and lemon. Tarte tatin. White pepper. White stone. Lemongrass, leek, parsley. Apple and pear dessert on the palate. Mineral mid-palate and on the finish. Long, beautiful finish - fresh acidity really carries the wine and keeps it from being sticky. Beautiful! 5/5 bones $$$ Chenin Blanc 13% abv Loire (Vouvray), FRANCE…

      4 readers - By Shiba Sommelier

      Six European Classics this week

      … acidity on the finish of this wine balances the juicy, plummy fruit perfectly. With a little more grunt of power than most Valpolicellas at this price it is a complex wine and one which would also complement the Irish stew particularly if you like more structured reds. ‘Behind the Label’ – 2013 Château Moncontour, Demi-Sec Vouvray, Loire, France…

      4 readers - By Matthew Jukes/ Matthew Jukes

      Checking in on. . . . Haut Rasne 2002

      … alongside a platter of aged cheese, especially aged Comte, could find themselves in Coteaux du Loir curve-ball heaven. Filed under: Loire Posted by admin on September 4, 2014 at 3:47 pm No Comments »…

      6 readers - By WineDR

      The fabulous Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2013

      … clay and 20% flint. It’s made with indigenous yeasts. Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2013 Loire, France 12.5% alcohol. Complex aromatic nose with herbs, melon, citrus and a touch of green pepper, as well as some warm waxy notes. The palate is textured and has a savoury edge, with notes of herbs, wax, lemons and some citrus pith. It’s quite tight with lovely focus and purity. A multidimensional, youthful Sauvignon that should age. 92/100 UK agent: MMD Find this wine with wine-searcher.com…

      4 readers - By Jamie Goode/ jamie goode's wine blog