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    Checking in on. . . . Haut Rasne 2002

    Spend some time exploring wine and you will notice that, every now and again, it will throw you a curve ball. I think the 2002 Haut Rasné, from Eric Nicolas of Domaine de Bellivière, is a fine example of this. One of numerous cuvées made by Eric, Haut Rasné is named for the vineyard of origin, which is populated with young vines.

    6 readers - By WineDR

    The fabulous Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2013

    I love this wine. It’s from a relatively cool vintage, and it has a brilliant tension to it. Starting off with a small negociant business in the 1980s, Pascal Jolivet began buying vineyards in the early 1990s. Now he has 65 hectares (42 ha in Sancerre, 8 ha in Pouilly Fume and 15 ha in Touraine). This wine blends terroirs: 50% limeston, 30% chalky clay and 20% flint.

    4 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

      Six European Classics this week

      Matthew Jukes - - 4 readers - Six time-honoured European classics for this week’s Downton Abbey recipes. 2012 Domaine Begude, Terroir 11300 Chardonnay, Haute Vallée de l’Aude, France (£9.99, reduced to £7.99, until Tuesday, Waitrose). With a quarter of this cracking wine seeing a few months in large oak barrels there is a clever element of juiciness and nuttiness at the core of 11300 (it’s French postcode).

      Le Vieux Clocher Domaine Gadais Muscadet 2013

      Golly's Wine Drops - - 5 readers - Muscadet is one of those wines that puts me in mind of the 1970′s. It has had a bit of a dodgy reputation as a wine dashed out of the cellar doors to make some quick cash for wine makers. Now Muscadet seems to be making a comeback with a new crop of winemakers putting more effort into making fresh wines.

      Three lovely wines: Rousseau, Dujac and Cotat

      jamie goode's wine blog - - 3 readers - So, the final instalment of my write up of Tuesday’s lunch wines. The great thing about sharing a bottle among four is that you get to drink a decent quantity, and you have time to consider your opinion. Great wines often do change in the glass. Also, as tasters, we change with time – even over 20 minutes or so, the way we approach the glass, and the way we interrogate the wine will change.

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      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

      Red wines from the 2013 vintage of Marc Olivier’s Domaine de la Pépière

      …Marc Olivier of Domaine de la Pépière produced his first wine in the 1980s. His vineyards are located in the western part of the Loire in Muscadet. Muscadet is known for its white wines with Marc Olivier’s Clos de Briords appearing in this blog several times. Today’s post features his three red wines. These wines are made with fruit from a single…

      1 readers - By Hogshead - A Wine Blog

      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

      Wines from La Vrille et Le Papillon, La Folie Lucé, and Jean-Louis Tribouley

      …The wines features in today’s post comes from three very different regions of the Rhone, Loire, and Roussillon. What they have in common, beyond the importer, is they are smaller, individually driven efforts. The 2012 La Vrille et Le Papillon, Z Rouge, Ardeche bears a “Z” for zero-sulphur. I thought this was evident on the nose but in no way were…

      1 readers - By Hogshead - A Wine Blog

      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

      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's wine blog

      Le Vieux Clocher Domaine Gadais Muscadet 2013

      …Muscadet is one of those wines that puts me in mind of the 1970′s. It has had a bit of a dodgy reputation as a wine dashed out of the cellar doors to make some quick cash for wine makers. Now Muscadet seems to be making a comeback with a new crop of winemakers putting more effort into making fresh wines. Rather than being part of supermarket 3…

      5 readers - By Golly's Wine Drops

      Three lovely wines: Rousseau, Dujac and Cotat

      …So, the final instalment of my write up of Tuesday’s lunch wines. The great thing about sharing a bottle among four is that you get to drink a decent quantity, and you have time to consider your opinion. Great wines often do change in the glass. Also, as tasters, we change with time – even over 20 minutes or so, the way we approach the glass…

      3 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

      2011 Domaine La Grange Tiphaine Touraine Amboise Clef de Sol...

      …2011 Domaine La Grange Tiphaine Touraine Amboise Clef de Sol Rouge Oooh… this has some definite sanguine Cabernet Franc notes. Graphite and iodine notes along with red currants, red cherries, and raspberries on the nose. Hints of bark, twigs, and greenery as well. Red fruit initially on the palate, giving way to sanguine notes and then finishing with tart fruit. Pair it with a burger at a bistro… c’est parfait! 5/5 bones $$ Cabernet Franc, Malbec 13% abv Touraine Amboise (Loire), FRANCE…

      6 readers - By Shiba Sommelier

      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