France

Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is scattered over 175,000 acres stretching from the Atlantic Ocean across to central France.

Covering such a large region it is natural that it’s been broken down into sub-regions that specialise in the growing of specific varieties.

Whites

The 3 main varietals are Melon de Bourgogne, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc.

Other varietals include Folle Blanche, Chardonnay, Chasselas, Romorantin Sauvignon Gris and Tressalier.

These are made into dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling wines, mostly single varietal.

Melon de Bourgogne

Native to: Burgundy (Bourgogne). Introduced by monks in the 17th century.

Principal AOCs: Muscadet, Muscadet-Coteaux-de-la-Loire, Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine, Muscadet Côtes-de-Grandlieu. Muscadets Crus Communaux: Gorges, Clisson, Le Pallet, Loire Valley PGI

Chenin, also known as: Pineau de Loire

Native to: The Loire Valley. Around the 10th century, this variety was known as “Plant d’Anjou.” The current name was popularised by Rabelais in the 15th century.

Principal AOCs: Anjou-Blanc, Bonnezeaux, Quarts-de-Chaume-Grand-Cru, Coteaux-du-Layon, Coteaux-Du-Layon-Premier-Cru-Chaume, Savennières, Savennières-Roche-Aux-Moines, Coteaux-de-l’Aubance, Anjou-Coteaux-de-La-Loire, Coteaux-de-Saumur, Crémant-de-Loire, Saumur-Blanc, Saumur-Brut, Touraine, Touraine-Amboise, Touraine-Mesland, Chinon, Jasnières, Coteaux-du-Loir, Vouvray,  coteaux-du-vendômois, Loire Valley PGI

Sauvignon Blanc

Native to: Loire Valley

Principal AOCs: Perhaps the most famous AOCs are Pouilly Fumé and Sancerre. Other AOC’s producing Sauvignon Blanc include Touraine, Touraine-Mesland, Touraine-Oisly, Touraine-Chenonceaux, Haut-Poitou, Loire Valey PGI, Quincy and Reuilly.

Reds

The 3 main varietals are Cabernet Franc, Gamay and Pinot Noir.

Other varietals include : Grolleau, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pineau d’Aunis, Côt and Négrette.

Used to make reds, rosés and sparkling wines, mostly as single varietals.

Cabernet Franc , also known as: Breton

Native to: the Nantes region, but thought to come from the Basque Country in Spain. It is the Loire region’s chief red varietal, introduced in the 11th century.

Principal AOCs: Anjou-Rouge, Anjou-Villages, Anjou-Villages-Brissac, Cabernet-d’Anjou, Cabernet-de-Saumur, Rosé-d’Anjou, Rosé-de-Loire, Crémant-de-Loire, Saumur-Rouge, Saumur-Champigny, Saumur-Puy-Notre-Dame, Saumur-Brut, Touraine, Touraine-Amboise, Touraine-Chenonceaux, Touraine-Azay-le-Rideau, Touraine-Mesland, Coteaux-du-Loir, Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon, haut-poitou, Loire Valley PGI

Gamay

Native to: The Centre-East region of France.

Principal AOCs: Anjou-Gamay, Rosé-de-Loire, Rosé-d’Anjou, Touraine, Touraine-Azay-Le-Rideau, Touraine-Mesland, Coteaux-du-Loir, Loire Valley PGI

Pinot Noir

Native to: Burgundy.

Principal AOCs: Touraine, Touraine-Noble-Joué, Loire Valley PGI


Château Pierre-Bise


Château Pierre-Bise Savennières ‘Clos de Coulaine’ 2018

The extra couple of years here gives us an idea of where the 2020 Roche Aux Moines will head. Honeyed, lemon, baking spices a little of the lanolin character that seems to come through in Chenin from Anjou-Samur. Again the transparency of pear fruit with textural phenolic elements at play. Divine wine. Thirst quenching and delicious.
$59
$56ea in any 3+
$53ea in any 6+

Château Pierre-Bise Savennières ‘Roche aux Moines’ 2020

Wine of personality keep on coming from Savennieres. Lythe, transparent fruit. Dry with pear, baking spice and candied citrus peel. Somehow they have managed to combine a weightless feel with the depth of fruit,a little phenolics and glycerol making for a luscious caress of the tongue. A fine wine that as with all dry Chenin will need a couple of years to start expressing itself in full. I can see why the 2018 managed to score 1 of just 50 wines in show out of almost 19,000 at Decanters 2021 Awa
$87
$83ea in any 3+
$79ea in any 6+

Domaine Arnaud Lambert


Domaine Arnaud Lambert Samur Brézé ‘Clos David’ 2019

Super zippy, mineral acid with the core of fruit to support it. Excellent depth and length. Elegantly walks the knifes edge of oxidative handling helping layer in intriguing characters from a perfectly developed yet fresh wine. You can only play that game if you have the quality of fruit to do so. Heading down the quince, poached pear, baking spice, with lemon, lime citrus and a little candied zest. Complexing wet wool / lanolin around the edges balancing the perfumed components. Textural ele
$84
$80ea in any 3+
$76ea in any 6+


Domaine Roche Neuves


The White

Bone Dry!

Domaine des Roches Neuves Samur ‘Clos Romans’ 2018

Chenin. Take the syrup from poached quince and mix it with Créme pâtissière. Entrancing. Lovely, feel like I’m cooking quince. Long fine, excellent acid, draws you in, alive with personality. Bone dry! Phenolics here are interesting, dusty rather than oily. They have a wonderful cleansing feel. Savory with a little oxidative character just enough to add intrigue. Fun. Very good.
$199
$192ea in any 3+
$185ea in any 6+

The Red

Theirry Germain (Roches Neuves) Samur-Champigny ‘Les Roches’ 2019

Lovely plump juice that caresses the palate. Loads of energy here. Crunchy fruits perfumed with violets and baking spice. The texture here is exceptional incredibly fine tannins even tannins. Line and length of juicy acid. Loving the finesse here. Superb drinking. Sate the deepest of thirsts!
$54
$51ea in any 3+
$48ea in any 6+

Domaine des Roches Neuves Samur-Champigny ‘La Marginale’ 2019

Deceptive in it’s depth and length. There is a trick exceptional wines manage, they appear weightless yet have incredible depth and layer after layer of intrigue. This is such a wine. Funny, Thierry’s wines remind me in so many ways of Yarra Yering. When I made wine there we were focused on two things, texture and complexity, building in layer after layer of intrigue. As with Thierry’s fruit we had incredible acidity. We aimed to make wines that you’d drink half a bottle, think, shit tha
$116
$111ea in any 3+
$106ea in any 6+

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Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Domaine 2019

A dense, savoury style with wonderful aromatic spice and earth character that feels very true to the Cabernet Franc variety. Le Domaine has a meaty, ferrous, animal nose so typical of top-notch Chinon and this particular Baudry cuvée shows a complex, fluid, sappy palate with roasted meat, wet earth, blackberry pastille and menthol characters. This is not at all a modern, pure, fruit-driven red, but rather it harks back to the more rustic, complex, sauvage, Rabelaisian Chinons of old. That said,
$46
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$42ea in any 6+

Alphonse Mellot Sancerre La Moussière HALF 2020

There’s Sauvignon and then there is Sauvignon from Sancerre. There’s Sancerre and then there is Dagenau. Then a pack chasing him. Mellot right at the front of that pack. Beautiful poise, delicacy and vertical long shape to the palate. Lovely bright fruit that has shifted beyond primary to aromas and flavours of intrigue. Crisp fine acid. This is an impressive drink. There’s a little passion fruit and gooseberry if you look for it. Overall it’s just a wonderful seemless Sauvignon Blanc.
$51
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$47 in any 6+

Marc Brédif Vouvray Classic 2012

Chenin has a beautiful perfume, pear, citrus, spice, ginger, honey and so much more! It’s mid-weight and the Classic from Brédif builds a lovely level of opulence as it ages. Texturally it’s luscious, caressing your tongue. It’s just so easy to hoover!
$53
$50ea in any 3+
$47ea in any 6+

Theirry Germain (Roches Neuves) Samur-Champigny ‘Les Roches’ 2019

Lovely plump juice that caresses the palate. Loads of energy here. Crunchy fruits perfumed with violets and baking spice. The texture here is exceptional incredibly fine tannins even tannins. Line and length of juicy acid. Loving the finesse here. Superb drinking. Sate the deepest of thirsts!
$54
$51ea in any 3+
$48ea in any 6+

Château Pierre-Bise Savennières ‘Clos de Coulaine’ 2018

The extra couple of years here gives us an idea of where the 2020 Roche Aux Moines will head. Honeyed, lemon, baking spices a little of the lanolin character that seems to come through in Chenin from Anjou-Samur. Again the transparency of pear fruit with textural phenolic elements at play. Divine wine. Thirst quenching and delicious.
$59
$56ea in any 3+
$53ea in any 6+

Marc Brédif Vouvray Classic 2009

Chenin has a beautiful perfume, pear, citrus, spice, ginger, honey and so much more! It’s mid-weight and the Classic from Brédif builds a lovely level of opulence as it ages. Texturally it’s luscious, caressing your tongue. It’s just so easy to hoover!
$60
$57ea in any 3+
$54ea in any 6+

Clos de l’Écotard Saumur Blanc Le Haie Nardin 2018

La Haie Nardin Samur Blanc come a single, one-hectare lieu-dit of 50-year old vines. It's a playful, thirst-quenching Chenin that opens with layers of orchard fruit - poached quince, pear - bright citrus, and hints of baking spice. Bone-dry with grapefuit acidity, this wine is fresh on the palate with a sublte funk and faint hits of lanolin. It's an impressive gateway to the Clos de L'Écotard wines, with terrific balance and good development.
$68
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$62 in any 3+

Alphonse Mellot Sancerre La Moussière 2020

There’s Sauvignon and then there is Sauvignon from Sancerre. There’s Sancerre and then there is Dagenau. Then a pack chasing him. Mellot right at the front of that pack. Beautiful poise, delicacy and vertical long shape to the palate. Lovely bright fruit that has shifted beyond primary to aromas and flavours of intrigue. Crisp fine acid. This is an impressive drink. There’s a little passion fruit and gooseberry if you look for it. Overall it’s just a wonderful seemless Sauvignon Blanc.
$79
$76 in any 3+
$73 in any 6+

Domaine Arnaud Lambert Samur Brézé ‘Clos David’ 2019

Super zippy, mineral acid with the core of fruit to support it. Excellent depth and length. Elegantly walks the knifes edge of oxidative handling helping layer in intriguing characters from a perfectly developed yet fresh wine. You can only play that game if you have the quality of fruit to do so. Heading down the quince, poached pear, baking spice, with lemon, lime citrus and a little candied zest. Complexing wet wool / lanolin around the edges balancing the perfumed components. Textural ele
$84
$80ea in any 3+
$76ea in any 6+

Clos de l’Écotard Saumur Blanc L’Enroulée 2019

L'Enroulée is a one-off cuvée and is a blend of Le Haie Nardin, which is normally a separate wine, “rolled together” this parcel with the fruit from his vines in Les Quarts-Saint-Vincent.This wine gives a prnounced perfume of white blossom and jasmine. Clos de l'Écotard's hallmark quince is back with more length and depth, as well as a pop of lanolin. The acidity and texture here are superb; mineral and lon, with a layer of phenolics playing nicely on the tongue. Flavours of maple, nuts a
$86
$82 in any 3+
$78 in any 3+

Clos de l’Écotard Saumur Blanc 2019

The estate's signature wine, the Clos de Ecotard, offers a refined and harmonoious expression of Chenin Blanc. With white flowers and delicate perfume, flavours of ripe pear, maple spice and a mineral undercurrent are balanced by a taut line of invigorating acidity. The texture gradually builds on the palate and takes shape beautifully in the mouth, with wonderful depth and length and a gentle sweep of phenolics characterise by a fine silvery bitterness on the finish.
$86
$82 in any 3+
$78 in any 3+

Domaine du Closel Savennières ‘La Jalousie’ Chenin Blanc 2016

This is where it's at! Simply put, superb drinking. The harmony and personality, the energy and layered complexity, the mouthfeel and lingering joy. Wow. The fruit profile here is entrancing, seamlessly integrated with so many wonderful secondary aromas. A faint hint of lanolin that wool like note, baking spices, a little earthiness. Pear, quince, apricot, jasmine and so much more. This is such a pleasure to drink. The freshest and zippiest of the three styles with a mineral, slightly chalky fee
$87
$83ea in any 3+
$79ea in any 6+

Château Pierre-Bise Savennières ‘Roche aux Moines’ 2020

Wine of personality keep on coming from Savennieres. Lythe, transparent fruit. Dry with pear, baking spice and candied citrus peel. Somehow they have managed to combine a weightless feel with the depth of fruit,a little phenolics and glycerol making for a luscious caress of the tongue. A fine wine that as with all dry Chenin will need a couple of years to start expressing itself in full. I can see why the 2018 managed to score 1 of just 50 wines in show out of almost 19,000 at Decanters 2021 Awa
$87
$83ea in any 3+
$79ea in any 6+

Domaine du Closel Savennières ‘Les Caillardières’ Chenin Blanc 2016

Fascinating transition to different geology and a different style. It caresses your tongue like having a silk sheet gently floated over you. You must be patient here. On first pour nutty, yeast lees dominates the nose. In time it subsides and the fruit lifts pulling it into balance. I concur with Evelyn's discriptors of baked apple, exotic fruits, raisins and toasted almonds with a graceful silvery line of bitterness. There is much, much more going in. A wine that entrances.
$105
$100ea in any 3+
$95ea in any 6+

Domaine des Roches Neuves Samur-Champigny ‘La Marginale’ 2019

Deceptive in it’s depth and length. There is a trick exceptional wines manage, they appear weightless yet have incredible depth and layer after layer of intrigue. This is such a wine. Funny, Thierry’s wines remind me in so many ways of Yarra Yering. When I made wine there we were focused on two things, texture and complexity, building in layer after layer of intrigue. As with Thierry’s fruit we had incredible acidity. We aimed to make wines that you’d drink half a bottle, think, shit tha
$116
$111ea in any 3+
$106ea in any 6+

Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Les Romains 2019

"From the edge of the Sancerre fault, with flint on the surface and marly limestone below, the 2019 Sancerre Les Romains offers a very clear, pure and refined nose with bright and flinty-scented fruit aromas and baffling depth, finesse and complexity. On the palate, this is a dense and rich but pure, mineral and structured Sancerre with a long and intense finish that manages its richness impressively well with sensations of melting stones and tannins. There are lots of layers on the palate, and
$133
$128 in any 3+
$123 in any 6+