2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Marquis de Goulaine, Loire Valley, France
This is a great little Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc. It may not quite be a Sancerre but it still shows some fresh gooseberry and a hint of riper tropical fruit. There is a subtle herbal note on the finish, which is classic Sauvignon, and the acidity gives it a fresh lift at the end. This is definitely a wine to have in the rack as it will appeal to many white wine fans.
2019 Saumur Champigny, Les Gravieres du Roy, Loire Valley, France
This exceptional Cabernet Franc is ripe and juicy. It has a fabulous bouquet of summer berries that continue on to the palate. There is also a herbal note in the background, and on the palate it has a delightfully smooth finish. This is a great introduction to the red wines of this part of the Loire Valley, most of which are produced from the Cabernet Franc grape.
2020 Reuilly, Domaine Aujard, Loire Valley, France
Reuilly is a Loire Valley village not far from the famous villages of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume, and it's white wines are made in very much the same way and, whisper it, often to the same quality.
This Reuilly really stood out for us in recent tastings, and given the current price tag of good Sancerre it was a very easy decision to add it to the range.
It's got a vibrancy and minerality that good Loire Sauvignon should. There's a hint of passionfruit in the background, but the dominant characteristic is more vibrant apple and citrus with a hint of elderflower. A very versatile wine as at home with a delicate piece of fish as it is with well herbed roasted veg.
Saumur Rose Mousseux Sec, Chateau Montgueret, Loire Valley, France
Made from the dominant local red grape in the Loire, Cabernet Franc. A delicious, light and fruity sparkling wine. Intensive pink colour with silver tints, fines bubbles. The nose is elegant with rose flower aromas showing signs of the soil's origin. It's matured for 2 years in deep caves carved into the limestone cliffs overlooking the famous Valley, which give the wine a softer, easier-drinking style than many sparkling wines from the region.
2016 Anjou Chenin Sec, Chateau de Fesles, Loire Valley, France
This a very expressive Loire Valley Chenin Blanc. It has a generous weight and richness with a wonderful combination of quince, dried fruits and a hint of elderflower on the palate.
2019 'O' Haut-Poitou Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvion, Loire, France
A wonderfully fresh and zesty Sauvignon Blanc with a vibrant citrus zing to it.
This is from Jean-Pierre Sauvion, who almost single handedly is bringing the historic Haut-Poitou appellation back from near extinction. Based close to the city of Poitiers it is one of the most southerly Loire appellations and one that enjoys a good level of sunshine. Sauvignon Blanc is the key white grape here and in the last decade the wine quality has rocketed. We're very excited about the future of Haut-Poitou if this wine is anything to go by.
2018 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie, Domaine de Chauviniere, Loire, France
Bursting with aromas of ripe melon and white apple alongside a hint of tropical sweetness. Clean, linear and elegant in style, the palate sees zesty citrus flavours with tropical nuances supported by a mineral tone throughout.
Saumur Brut Mousseux, M de Montgueret, Loire Valley, France
Chateau de Montgueret Saumur Brut is made from Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay grapes and bottle-fermented in the Traditional Method. Matured for two years in deep caves carved into the limestone cliffs overlooking the Loire. Made in a somewhat softer, easier-drinking style than many sparkling wines from the Loire.
2019 Vouvray, Domaine Vieux Vauvert, Loire, France
This off-dry style of Chenin Blanc has just the right balance of sweetness and acidity ensuring that it still retains a freshness. There are classic Chenin flavours of apple and quince with a hint of citrus in the background. Wines with this level of sweetness are excellent accompaniments to slightly spicy and aromatic cuisine, but don't be shy of serving it as an aperitif, as it slips down very easily.
2019 Sancerre, Cave Laetitia Ducroux, Loire Valley, France
Domaine Ducroux is a ten hectare estate based in Crezancy. The vineyard is situated on clay and limestone soil, part of which contains some small pebbles, and this is where the Sauvignon is planted; helping to add ripeness and bring out some of the variety�s fruit character in the wine. Incredibly the estate has been in the family since 1643 and Laetitia Ducroux, the current owner and winemaker, is the 11th generation, and first woman, to run the domaine.
2015 Chinon 'Reserve Stanislas', Pierre Sourdais, Loire, France
Full-bodied and robust Cabernet Franc; it offers both a good balance and undeniable power. Nose of candied fruits which, after a few years, evolves on earthy notes of leather to continue on aromas of undergrowth. It will be wise to wait for its true opening a few years to appreciate the finesse of its bouquet.
2018 Sancerre, Chateau de Thauveney, Loire Valley, France
An exceptional Sancerre from a grand Loire producer. A very expressive nose of exotic fruits like pineapple, mango and grapefruit. On the palate this is a very fat and aromatic wine with a nice acidity to bring freshness.
2017 Anjou Rouge, Chateau de Fesles, Loire Valley, France
The Château de Fesles Anjou Rouge is a deep red colour. The well-balanced nose contains aromas of ripe red fruit. Very good attack on the palate with plenty of substance, this full-bodied, elegant wine has a good persistence after tasting. Serve between 13°C and 16°C. The perfect accompaniment to cold meats, red meat, small game, soft cheese and bloomy rind cheese.
2014 Muscadet Sevre et Maine 'Vallet', Chateau du Cleray, Loire, France
This is far more than your average Muscadet. The village of Vallet is one of the best areas of Muscadet, hence they proudly state the village on the label, and this wine has undergone an astonishing 18 months lees ageing to give it depth and complexity. It has a creamier texture than most Muscadets and a lovely combination of ripe melon and slight brioche notes on the palate.