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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. AMIRAULT 2018 BOURGUEIL COTE 50

    Item #: i_351368
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Certified Organic (Ecocert)

    This cuvee is called Cote 50 deriving from a Roman term meaning 50 metres above the river) From vines averaging 30 to 35 years old, on mostly sandy slopes situated closer to the town of Bourgueil. Made from yields around 30hl/ha the alcoholic fermentation is done in open tanks with gentle plunging. Aged in large specially designed large wooden tanks for 12 months, this wine is notable for its freshness and perfume and has very fine tannins well covered with admirable flesh coming from fully ripe fruit.
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. CAVE DE SAUMUR 2018 SAUMUR LES POUCHES

    Item #: i_352277
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Gold with green hues. Intense nose with peach, lemon zest and grapefruit, a whole fruit bowl in a glass! Vivid start, tight mouth supported by the aromas of fresh grapes, suave ending with a long persistence of the peach.Fish with cream sauce, roast duck with peaches, Asian food, fresh goat's cheese; also ideal as an aperitif wine.
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  6. CHAMPALOU 2018 VOUVRAY SEC

    Item #: i_374376
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    The Champalous are masters of Loire Chenin Blanc, producing Vouvray in all styles; this still, dry rendition, aged in stainless steel, represents their flagship cuvee. Gentle and refreshing on the palate, it boasts a delightful balance of stony minerality with luscious, almost honeyed fruit and flowery notes, making for a great aperitif or easy pairing with all sorts of dishes.
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  7. CHARLES JOGUET 2016 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 2016 SAUMUR BLANC BOURGENNE

    Item #: i_352055
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ORGANIC

  10. 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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  11. CHATEAU DU PETIT THOUARS 2010 TOURAINE L'AMIRAL ROUGE

    Item #: i_352258
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Made only in exceptional vintages, “L’Amiral” (“The Admiral”) is truly commanding. An homage to the utterly uncompromising, rugged, old-school Chinon of ages past, it is produced exclusively from the press juice of Cabernet Franc, and aged in used 225-liter barrels (third-passage oak purchased from Bordeaux) for a minimum of two years before bottling—although the imposing architecture of the 2010 vintage prompted Michel to give this particular wine a full four years. The “L’Amiral” (a Touraine in name but a Chinon in spirit) snarls and growls, a grainy transmission from another era. The deep, sanguine nose invites inward rather than explodes outward—a whirling mass of pipe tobacco, leathery spice, savory herbs, and iron. The classic Cabernet Franc varietal character so evident in the two wines above is muted but still present, a whisper of tangy red fruit and pretty violets beneath the visceral roar. While still bare-knuckled in its tannic thrust, this wine manages to avoid heaviness on the palate, which echoes the intensity and spice-driven blast of the aromatic profile. It is a testament to the estate’s commitment to classicism that they produce such a bold, full-throttle wine as this—one which fits beautifully within our portfolio alongside other such beloved outliers as Chateau Pradeaux in Bandol, Domaine Levet in Cote-Rotie, and Paolo Bea in Montefalco.
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  12. CLAUDE RIFFAULT 2018 SANCERRE CHASSEIGNES

    Item #: i_352587\
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    From 25- to 50-year-old vines…displays a very clear, deep, flinty-pure and coolish, but also intense and mineral nose of great precision and individual expression. This Sancerre is full-bodied, very complex and mineral on the palate, with a clear and elegant, very persistent fruit, great grip and lingering salinity.
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  13. DAGUENEAU 2015 BLANC FUME DE POUILLY

    Item #: i_352097
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    There are few winemakers in history as bullish or brazen, roguish or renegade, as the Loire Valley's Didier Dagueneau. High-standards, incredible risk-taking, impeccable attention to detail, zealous allegiance to his terroir, and a willingness to take a stand against convention made this once-professional motorcycle sidecar racer the stuff of legends.

    However dare-devilish in both winemaking and in life, Didier's untimely death in a plane crash in 2008 shook the wine community to its core. Fortunately for all who love Didier's wines, his oldest son, Louis-Benjamin, is now steering the domaine with the audacity, passion and talent that many critics and wine-lovers agree equal those of his father.

    Famous in the Loire and throughout the world for perfumed Sauvignon blanc, Pouilly-Fume sits due east, across the Loire River from Sancerre. Limestone soils with clay and flint (also called silex) contribute to the wines' freshness and often times smoky, flinty, mineral character.
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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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    $109.99
  15. DAGUENEAU 2016 POUILLY FUME SILEX

    Item #: i_352282
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The legendary Didier Dagueneau changed the perception of Pouilly Fume. After his death in a plane crash in 2008, his son Louis Benjamin took the reins, and his years of working with his father led to a seamless transition. The Silex is among the greatest expression of Sauvignon Blanc in the world. The wine undergoes whole cluster fermentation, with varieties of native yeasts. Fermentation occurs in small stainless steel and oak barrels. After initial racking, the wine stays on the lees until bottling. There is no malolactic fermentation.
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    $109.99
  16. DE LADOUCETTE 2016 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.

  17. DENIZOT 2018 SANCERRE

    Item #: i_351822
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The 2018 Sancerre from Denizot Pere et Fils is a lovely showing. The wine was fermentated in concrete vats and aged on fine lees. The result is a fresh, clean wine, with pretty aromas of kiwi, lime and wet stones all taking shape in the glass. The palate is beautifully textured and underlined by bright acidity, which leads into the mineral driven finish.
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  18. DOMAINE CHANTELEUSERIE 2018 BOURGUEIL CUVEE ALOUETTES

    Item #: i_352584
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Cuvée Alouettes comes from sandier soils, which tend to yield softer wines with very supple tannins—perfect for drinking young. It saw fermentation and aging in stainless steel to preserve maximum aromas of fresh fruit, and the fruits are not lacking: wild berries jump out of the glass invitingly, while a peppery note adds an earthy twist.
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  19. 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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  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 BROSSES 2018 SANCERRE ROSE

    Item #: i_345570
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    This Pinot Noir Rose has lively aromas of red fruits and a soft underlying minerality. Light and playful with some cherry and watermelon fruit on the palate. A fresh style of rosé that is very easy and fun to drink while grilling and chilling with friends.
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  22. DOMAINE DES COLTABARDS 2018 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 CHATEAU DU NOZAY

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

    Item #: i_352066
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  25. DOMAINE HUET 2016 VOUVRAY LE MONT SEC

    Item #: i_350578
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 94
    WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "Green plum and verbena notes lead the way for now, with a flash of quinine on the finish. This is juicy, but still a bit compact overall, with the core of ample pear, quince and ginger flavors in reserve. Just wait for everything to knit together and stretch out, as the purity and length are there. Best from 2018 through 2028."
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