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  1. 1749 2017 SAUVIGNON BLANC LOIRE VALLEY

    Item #: i_322274
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    With a forward nose of vivid fruits, from gooseberry to white peach and white grapefruit, melded with a touch of river water, lanolin and nougat, the palate on 1749 continued and expanded on the initial fruit-laden theme. Sweet yet almost tart, notes of star fruit, more gooseberry and white grapefruit merged with a lush mouthfeel, counterbalanced by good acidity to keep it clean and buoyant. Hints of apricots, orange blossoms and clover honey furthered the delicious depth on the palate. The finish is fresh and quick but with a lingering fruit essence and mixed floral touch that reverberates nicely.

    This wine is perfect for the warm weather we’ve been having and has a classic Loire Valley profile with a nice dollop of New Zealand-esque citrus-- it’s balanced, clean, fresh, uplifting and clearly a worthy Hi-Time Wine of the Month. Enjoy!
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  2. ALPHONSE MELLOT 2017 SANCERRE LA MOUSSIERE

    Item #: i_350399
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Very fine gold color with a green hue. The nose offers a flowery fruity bouquet. Lively, supple and welcoming taste. Try pairing with fish tartare, mussels "a la Charentaise", pike with white butter sauce, chanterelle mushroom omelette, baked Norway lobsters, trout meuniere, pike in saffron, braised ham with white sauce, tripe cooked the Caen way, Chavignol goatsmilk cheeses, puff pastries...
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  3. BERNARD BAUDRY 2015 CHINON CLOS GUILLOT

    Item #: i_333874
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    #20 wine in VinePair's Top 50 of 2018

    When a complex and mature nose combining herbs and earthy notes gives way to a young palate full of freshness and vibrant acidity, you realize that the magic of domaine Baudry has struck again. A sip of this Chinon will transport you to a delightful afternoon of late-summer blackberry picking. Le Clos Guillot is a refined wine with aromas of cherries and berry fruit reminding us of Pinot Noir in certain years. The fresh, clean aromas of this wine linger on the palate.
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  4. CATHERINE & PIERRE BRETON 2017 BOURGUEIL "TRINCH"

    Item #: i_334246
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    “Trinch” is named after a German expression meaning “cheers” championed by the poet and philosopher Rabelais. Trinch is a Cabernet Franc from younger vines vinified in stainless steel with a cold maceration. It is made for early consumption and typically has very accessible fruit, soft tannins and low alcohol. Bottled in the Spring after harvest.

    Breton Bourgueil Trinch! brims with fresh, tart evocations of ripe blackberries; offers infectiously juicy satisfaction, and adds some finishing interest by way of bitter fruit pit and bittersweet herbal hints.
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  5. CATHERINE & PIERRE BRETON 2017 BOURGUEIL NUITS D'IVRESSE

    Item #: i_351882
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    CERTIFIED ORGANIC

    The Bretons first introduced biodynamic practices into their viticulture in 1994, just after receiving their organic certification in 1991. Recently, they started the three-year process of seeking biodynamic certification. In fact, they have become international icons for the natural wine movement in an area where the climate and soil can make organic viticulture difficult. Catherine and Pierre are two of the hardest working people we know of in the wine businesses. This explains why their wines, despite the fact that they are totally natural and unadulterated, are so incredibly consistent; consistently delicious. Their achievements and contributions to the natural and organic wine movement globally cannot be underestimated. Kermit Lynch
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  6. CHAMPALOU 2017 VOUVRAY SEC

    Item #: i_374376
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Champalou’s Cuvée des Fondraux Vouvray is a mainstay in our cellar. It is consistently good, and an excellent value. This Loire white comes from 45-year-old Chenin Blanc vines grown in clay, limestone and flint soils. After harvest, the juice is pressed immediately and aged in neutral wooden barrels for eleven months. Catherine and Didier Champalou have farmed their estate using organic winemaking practices. In the glass, the color is pale gold with a delicately woven bouquet of apples, nectarine and acacia blossoms. This is a fuller-bodied intense wine on the palate, and is off-dry with honeyed pear, marmalade and slightly nutty notes and a lasting finish. There is good acidity present, making this wine harmonious and quite balanced. Try this incredibly food friendly Vouvray with pork, shellfish, chicken and cheese dishes. Pictured above, R to L, Catherine, daughter Céline and husband Didier Champalou.
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  7. CHARLES JOGUET 2015 CHINON VARENNES DU GRAND CLOS

    Item #: i_322154
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "A bramble- and bay leaf—edged version, with a mix of dark cherry and red currant fruit forming the core. Light singed tobacco and a fresh chalk threads line the finish. Long and refined, showing a lovely tug of earth at the end. Drink now through 2026."

    Les Varennes du Grand Clos is a slope of siliceous clay and limestone that has proven its ability to yield complex Chinons that stand the test of time-old bottles from decades past are still in their prime. Farming is organic, and the wine ages for over a year in barrel before bottling. The trademark of Les Varennes is its finesse: while structure is certainly not lacking, there is a harmony to fruit, acid, and tannins that allows us to pull the cork today. Its earthy flavors pair perfectly with rustic French cuisine; try a beef stew or wild mushrooms for a guaranteed match.
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  8. CHATEAU D'EPIRE 2016 "CUVEE SPECIALE" SAVENNIERES

    Item #: i_322561
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    From a ripe vintage comes this rich Chenin Blanc redolent of lanolin, pollen, ripe pear and quince over a base of wet stones. The richness in the mouth is cut but the rapier like acidity and the fruit is contrasted nicely by the crisp mineral notes.
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  9. CHATEAU DE BREZE 2015 SAUMUR BLANC CLOS DAVID

    Item #: i_350029
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  10. CHATEAU DE BREZE 2016 SAUMUR BLANC BOURGUENNE

    Item #: i_352055
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  11. CHATEAU DE BREZE 2016 SAUMUR BLANC CLOS DU CHATEAU

    Item #: i_344231
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Brézé is a unique site due to its relatively high elevation and eminently nuanced geological profile. The high composition of tuffeau, a porous, chalky limestone also used in the construction of much of the Loire’s Renaissance architecture, results in finely mineral Chenin Blanc. Clay and sand also lend themselves to the diversity of the terroirs, giving body to the reds and richness to the whites. With five historic and clearly delimited Clos to work with, the Lambert duo has the incredible opportunity to truly understand and reveal the distinctions within this extraordinary appellation.
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  12. CHIDAINE 2017 TUFFEAUX

    Item #: i_345762
    Bottle Size: 750ML
  13. CLEMENT ET FLORIAN BERTHIER C 17 SAUV BLANC COTEAUX DU GIENNOIS

    Item #: i_349966
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    no herbicides, no pesticides, no anti-botrytis and in some areas we are practicing organic

    This "Baby Sancerre" from the small appelation of Coteaux du Giennois near the Loire River is pale gold in color with aromas of white flowers, citrus and exotic fruits (grapefruit, passion fruit). The palate is refreshing with good balance showing additional notes of quince and pear. 100% Sauvignon Blanc
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  14. DAGUENEAU 2015 POUILLY FUME SILEX

    Item #: i_333451
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    The incremental changes made in both the winery and vineyards over the years and more recently by Benjamin Dagueneau have come together with a vintage that could best express what he was trying to say. Aromatic ripeness without high alcohol. Massive mineral concentration that will yield over time and marry perfectly with the high-toned fruit components and barrel and bottle complexity that seem in perfect harmony. The most young and backward of the bunch (as usual), this wine has massive acidity that provides the perfect balance to the mineral profile that is so prevalent in the mouth. No shortage of fruit, but for the time being, this wine is all about structure and potential. Sit back and marvel at what the years have in store for this wine, and make sure you save some.
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    $119.99
  15. DE LADOUCETTE 2015 COMTE LAFOND SANCERRE GRAND CUVEE

    Item #: i_311491
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 90
    100% Sauvignon Blanc
    A racy, aggressive Sauvignon nose of chalk and flint; round in the mouth with herbal notes and very fresh.

  16. DOMAINE CHANTELEUSERIE 2017 BOURGUEIL CUVEE BEAUVAIS

    Item #: i_311160
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Domaine de la Chanteleuserie means “place where the larks sing,” hence the singing bird on the front. The domaine is perched on a limestone plateau in an idyllic landscape in the heart of Touraine. The vineyards enjoy full southern exposure helping to ripen the Cabernet Franc grapes. This is the land of Cabernet Franc, better known locally as “Breton.” Though it’s known often as a blending grape in Bordeaux, it has the ability to shine nicely on it’s own in the Loire.
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  17. DOMAINE DE LA BUTTE 2015 BOURGUEIL MI PENTE

    Item #: i_322262
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 91
    WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS: "Offers a grippy feel, with a brambly note working with singed vanilla and alder details to form the frame around the core of juicy plum and black currant flavors. Light tar, tobacco and dark olive accents flash through the finish."
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  18. DOMAINE DE LA TAILLE AUX LOUPS 2017 MONTLOUIS CLOS MICHET

    Item #: i_352136
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    CERTIFIED ORGANIC

    Winemaker Notes - "Crisp apple, blossom honey, and a subtle note of grapefruit zest on the nose. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, offering lively orange zest and orchard fruit flavors along with hints of anise and honeysuckle. Very pure and focused."
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  19. DOMAINE DE REUILLY 2017 BLANC PIERRES PLATES ORGANICALLY FARMED

    Item #: i_333002
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    100% Sauvignon Blanc.

    When tasting the wines of Denis Jamain, it is clear that the appellation of Reuilly, in the eastern Loire, is experiencing a renaissance, moving far beyond its former status as the "poor man's Sancerre." This land was once a source of great pride, having been part of a gift of the 7th century king, Dagobert, to the Royal Abbey of Saint Denis. Phylloxera had ravaged the majority of the vineyards here in the late 19th century, but Camille Rousseau (Denis’ maternal grandfather) had faith in the future of Reuilly. In 1935, he planted his first vines here, in addition to farming a large oak forest on the outskirts of town. Denis shares his grandfather's passion for the vineyards and the forest, as well as his hometown pride. Though he studied in the United States and speaks excellent English, this charismatic and friendly gentleman wanted nothing more than to return home to take over the family domaine. In 1990, Denis began adding to the family holdings. Today, he farms a total of seventeen hectares in the heart of the appellation, with eleven planted to Sauvignon Blanc, four planted to Pinot Noir, and two planted to Pinot Gris, which makes his superb and distinctive Reuilly rose.

    The soils here are rich, resting on the prized Kimmeridgian limestone, a geological chain that connects the Loire Valley with Chablis in Burgundy. This limestone is valued for its high content of marine and shell fossils dating back 150 million years ago to the Jurassic period. These minerals are without equal for producing some of the most beautiful whites in France. Denis has been practicing sustainable agriculture for many years and has recently started the conversion process for organic certification. Though he uses both stainless steel tanks and oak, Denis is very proud to be able to select special oaks from his grandfather's forest to make his barrels. This is the concept of "local" in its purest form.
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  20. DOMAINE DES BAUMARD 2016 SAVENNIERES

    Item #: i_351796
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 93
    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Piercing and pure, with pear, green apple and green almond notes carried by a sleek, minerally edge. Shows juiciness along the edges and flashes of honeysuckle and bitter almond in the background. Drink now through 2033."
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  21. DOMAINE DES BERIOLES 2016 SAINT POURCAIN TRESAILLE

    Item #: i_350611
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    IN ORGANIC CONVERSION AS OF 2016

    After the first step of regularly plowing the soils, he is now slowly converting to organic viticulture, with certification expected for 2019. Moving forward, he also participates in biodynamic training sessions with the Massons and has already incorporated biodynamic infusions of rhubarb, meadowsweet, horsetail, and comfrey into his viticultural methods to reduce the need for copper treatments.

    100% de-stemmed, indigenous yeasts, filtered

    Made from the Tréssallier grape and a bit of Chardonnay, this vibrant white wine is delicious with seafood and light dishes. Tréssallier is a local varietal unique to Saint Pourçain which is at risk of being pulled out and replaced by more international grape varieties. Domaine des Bérioles is determined to preserve Tréssallier and to make wines that demonstrate its full potential. No malolactic fermentation, 3 months aging on fine lees in tank.
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  22. DOMAINE DES COLTABARDS 2017 SANCERRE

    Item #: i_352124
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This is a limpid, brilliant wine with a pale golden-yellow color. It displays powerful floral aromas (white flowers) and fruit (grapefruit, orange) on the nose. The palate is round and well-balanced with remarkable length and freshness on the finish.

    Domaine des Coltabards is in a famous part of the Ménétréol area of the Loire Valley. The famed soils are Kimmeridgian and silex. After the grapes have been crushed a cold static settling takes place while the fermentation starts at low temperatures in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wines are then aged on their fine lees until bottling to preserve the freshness.
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  23. DOMAINE DU NOZAY 2017 SANCERRE

    Item #: i_352065
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  24. DOMAINE DU NOZAY 2017 SANCERRE CHATEAU DU NOZAY

    Item #: i_352067
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  25. DOMAINE DU NOZAY 2017 SANCERRE LE CLOS DU NOZAY

    Item #: i_352066
    Bottle Size: 750ml

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