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  1. BRENDAN SLATER WEST 2018 SAUMUR BLANC

    Item #: i_352791
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    There are a lot of nice guys in the world, but few could be described as more genuinely nice than Brendan Stater-West. One might ask how a young American guy from Oregon with no winemaking history ends up in Saumur as the assistant vigneron to Romain Guiberteau, one of the most celebrated vignerons in the Loire Valley. It started with a job in a Parisian wine store where Brendan first tasted a bottle of Guiberteau. Fortune brought the young man a wonderful French wife, and they moved to Saumur where he asked Romain for a job. Romain agreed, a move that proved to be beneficial for both.

    CRISP, DRY, HIGH ACID, MINERAL CHENIN BLANC
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  2. BRENDAN SLATER WEST 2018 SAUMUR ROUGE

    Item #: i_352792
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This is a new venture by an American, Brendan Stater West, who travelled to France to teach English, became hooked on wine, worked for one of the Loire's great winemakers (Domaine Guiberteau), before being offered a vineyard from which to make the sort of wine he likes: "elegant, pure, vertical, with salinity from the limestone.

    The Saumur Rouge comes from a young south-west vineyard of Cabernet Franc in Brézé, in the lieu-dit La Ripaille. The soil profile is predominately sandy-clay of 1.5m in depth. Harvest is sorted in the vineyard then destemmed 100% upon arrival at Brendan’s facility. Maceration is based on an infusion style, no extraction (no pump-overs, pigeage, delestage) and lasts 6 days in order to preserve delicate and purity in texture. Aging is also in stainless steel for 6 months. 2018 is the first vintage bottled.
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  3. 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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  4. CHATEAU D'EPIRE 2018 SAVENNIERES

    Item #: i_353023
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    One of the oldest and most celebrated domaines in Savennières, Chateau d’Épiré is rich in history, not only for its fabulous architectural rendition of the Petit Trianon of Versailles, but most especially for its exquisite wines. This cuvée is dry and accessible with notes of exotic fruits. Delicious and spectacularly complex, and it shows a value disproportionate to their pedigree.
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  5. CHATEAU DE BREZE 2018 SAUMUR ROUGE

    Item #: i_345148
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Lauded by King Réné Anjou in the 15th century classical literature, the Château de Brézé wines were regarded with such esteem that the royals exchanged them annually with the great Sauternes of Château d’Yquem. The vineyards belonging to the Château de Brézé entered a Renaissance of their own in 2009 when Count de Colbert conferred upon Yves and Arnaud Lambert management of the viticultural estate. The father and son team have immediately converted the entire 25 hectares to organic methods, with official certification as of the 2012 vintage.

    Loire Cabernet Franc from a historic property which is mentioned for the first time in the year 1063, in records from Saint Florent's Abbatial. Delicious flavors of tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, and pepper.
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. ERIC CHEVALIER 2018 MUSCADET COTES DE GRAND LIEU SUR LIE "LE CLOS DE LA BUTTE"

    Item #: i_345150
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Éric Chevalier is a rising star in the Nantais of the Loire Valley.In 2005, he decided to return to his hometown of Saint-Philbert de Grandlieu, just southwest of Nantes, and ended up taking over the family domaine, Domaine de l’Aujardière, the next year. Éric sustainably farms twenty-five hectares of vines, producing wines of great character and finesse. He found his future in his family’s past.
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  9. FRANCOIS COTAT 2018 SANCERRE LE CULS DE BEAUJEU

    Item #: i_352741
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Francois Cotat produces ageworthy Sancerre from his only 3 hectare estate at the heart of the prized Chavignol commune. Francois adopt a very traditional, non-interventionist approach. He racks according to the phases of the moon and the wines develop with age and, the very best vintages, can be cellared for more than 50 years.This 100% sauvignon blanc is grown on 45% steep slopes facing south / south-east. The nose is very ripe with green apple and tropical fruit aromas. The palate is dense and energized by crisp acidity. The balance is superb and the length amazing.
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  10. FRANCOIS COTAT 2018 SANCERRE ROSE

    Item #: i_351338
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Francois Cotat produces ageworthy Sancerre from his only 3 hectare estate at the heart of the prized Chavignol commune. Francois adopt a very traditional, non-interventionist approach. He racks according to the phases of the moon and the wines develop with age and, the very best vintages, can be cellared for more than 50 years.

    With only 0.5 hectares dedicated to the production of reds and rosés, this is a very confidential cuvée. The vines are facing north and planted on a very rich limestone and clay soil. The wine is aged in stainless steel and stands somewhere is between freshness and greediness.
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  11. GARRAULT 2018 SANCERRE LES GRANDS MONTS

    Item #: i_345059
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Isabelle Garrault is the 10th generation of her family to grow grapes in Sancerre.
    Based in the village of Verdigny
    40 year old vines on average
    Grown on terre blanches and caillotes
    Fermented and aged in tank
    A pure-fruited, elegantly racy and electric Sancerre

    A complex bouquet displays lime, lemon zest, wet stone, flowers and a hint of smoky herbs. Stains the palate with zesty lemongrass and ripe pear flavors enlivened by vibrant acidity.
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  12. GASPARD 2018 LOIRE SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: i_352772
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    NATURAL WINE

    Gaspard - Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Gaspard is a Jenny & François house label - Jenny & Francois being a long time importer of mostly French organic and natural wines. The grapes are sourced from a winemaker in the Loire Valley who makes the wines to their specifications. In a world littered with fatiguing New Zealand Sauv Blancs, this subtle and balanced Sauvignon Blanc sourced from Touraine is the perfect alternative and a fine stand in for increasingly pricey Sancerres.
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  13. HIPPOLYTE-REVERDY 2018 SANCERRE Sustainably farmed

    Item #: i_315005
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    There is perhaps no better match for a dozen oysters than this minerally Sancerre from one of the best producers in the region. The wine displays textbook Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc, with bright acidity, smoke, citrus, and grassiness. It is Insanely addictive and so so good with shellfish! Hippolyte Reverdy's family has been making wine in the charming village of Verdigny, a commune of Sancerre in the eastern Loire, for many generations- perhaps as far back as 1600.
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  14. LA RAIMBAUDERIE 2018 SANCERRE

    Item #: i_345552
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Roger & Didier Raimbault have been growing grapes in Sancerre for ten generations. Experience, technical savoir-faire and nature combined allow them to produce wines of great quality, respecting the typical characteristics of each vintage. The estate is located in Verdigny in the heart of Sancerre with two vineyards, Les Terres Blanches and Les Caillottes. The two grape varieties that are used in Sancerre are Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The white wines are fresh, fruity and elegant, the rosés are delicate and subtle and the reds are perfumed and smooth. “When nature gives you a treasure, please respect and share it”.

    Light yellow with gold tints. An elegant nose that is fruity with aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. Beautifully fresh, intense aromas that come from ripe sauvignon blanc. Good length and minerality. Can be enjoyed as an aperitif, with sea-food, fish dishes or cheese.
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  15. MARC BREDIF 2018 VOUVRAY

    Item #: i_375446
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The wine is a brilliant pale gold. On the nose, there is a fine bouquet full aromas of white flowers and yellow fruit such as pears. One finds citrus notes such as grapefruit. The attack is gentle with a lovely vivacity where one finds agreeable notes of grapefruit on the lingering finish. It is a lovely wine, ripe and refreshing.
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  16. OBVIOUS WINE 2018 BRIGHT & CRISP SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: i_351647
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    No. 2 Bright & Crisp
    - 100% Sauvignon Blanc from several parcels in Sancerre and Touraine in the Loire Valley of France
    - Estate Grown and bottle at Villebois Winery by head wine maker Patrice Merceron
    - This is a fun, upbeat and easy-drinking expression of Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc, like the name suggests its bright and full of zesty citrus aromas, enough acidity to keep it super refreshing while delivering a fruit-forward pallet of kaffir lime and gooseberries, simple and delicious!

    Obvious Wines:
    - Headquartered in the heart of downtown Venice Beach, CA
    - Collaborates with small, family owned and operated wineries around the world to produce sustainably farmed, estate grown wines
    - All wines are developed using a crowd-sourcing method of style selection where large groups of average wine consumers blind taste dozens of wines and describe their favorites in common vernacular
    - The styles are intended to be very easy-drinking, crowd pleasing options that the vast majority of wine consumers will enjoy, not ponder over
    - all marketing includes fun hashtags, educational labels, and easy to understand wine-speak to appeal to a wide array of new and often younger generations of wine consumers
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  17. PASCAL COTAT 2018 SANCERRE LA GRANDE COTE

    Item #: i_345352
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    This wine has a well-defined personality with a creamy texture and aromas of ripe fruit beautifully held by a crisp freshness. The depth of this wine is enormous, it is ample, rich and very balanced by a pure and salivating mineral expression! This Sancerre will be perfectly married to seafood, fish, crustaceans and of course accompanied by goat cheeses.

    "Pascal Cotat Sancerre: A must-have for the cellar

    From gear head, to grape man. While Pascal Cotat's first passion may have been restoring old cars, wine—especially his family's Sauvignon Blanc—was a fast second.

    No one can doubt that winemaking runs in the blood of the Cotat family. On the slopes of the Monts Damnés in Chavignol, the family has tended both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir since the end of the second World War. It was only in the 1990s when two brothers, Paul and Francis, handed over the family domaine to their sons, Francois and Pascal, respectively. Today there are two Cotat domaines-one in Chavignol, headed by Francois, and one in Sancerre, run by Pascal. What sets these cousins apart is less important than what they share-a passion for natural winemaking and a truly amazing touch with Sauvignon Blanc.

    Pascal believes in natural winemaking-the vast majority of his plots are cared for organically, often combining seaweed and other natural preparations to fertilize his vines. Harvest is never rushed; in fact, Pascal (as does his cousin Francois) harvests more than a week after every other winery in the region. Needless to say, extra maturity on the vine means extra body and complexity in the wine. Vineyards are located on very steep slopes, requiring a hand harvest that has become a bit of a pilgrimage for Cotat devotees. The steepest plots can only be worked by sliding down with a cushion tied to your rear while you hold the bucket in front of you. The cousins invented this amusing system, and pickers come from all over Europe every year to volunteer for the harvest.

    Grapes from each vineyard plot are vinified separately. The Cotat family pioneered single-vineyard bottlings in Sancerre, and each terroir—whether "Les Monts Damnes" or "Grande Cote" - has its own unique personality. Soils share the same chalky heart as do those in Chablis. In general Pascal wines show a more luxurious, plush mouthfeel in combination with this balanced acidity. (François wines, in comparison, often show more flinty, Chablis-like notes.) Wines are always bottled unfined and unfiltered.

    Cotat's wines truly benefit from age. While these wines are irresistible when they are young, one of the unique pleasures of putting down a few bottles is to later discover a rich, custard-like Sancerre that defies everything you would expect from racy Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc." - NORTH BERKELEY IMPORTS
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  18. PASCAL COTAT 2018 SANCERRE LES MONTS DAMNES

    Item #: i_345353
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    "Francois Cotat Sancerre: A must-have for the cellar

    From gear head, to grape man. While Cotat's first passion may have been restoring old cars, wine-especially his family's Sauvignon Blanc-was a fast second.

    No one can doubt that winemaking runs in the blood of the Cotat family. On the slopes of the Monts Damnés in Chavignol, the family has tended both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir since the end of the second World War. It was only in the 1990s when two brothers, Paul and Francis, handed over the family domaine to their sons, Francois and Pascal, respectively. Today there are two Cotat domaines-one in Chavignol, headed by Francois, and one in Sancerre, run by Pascal. What sets these cousins apart is less important than what they share-a passion for natural winemaking and a truly amazing touch with Sauvignon. He believes in natural winemaking-the vast majority of his plots are cared for organically, often combining seaweed and other natural preparations to fertilize his vines. Harvest is never rushed; in fact, He harvests more than a week after every other winery in the region. Needless to say, extra maturity on the vine means extra body and complexity in the wine. Vineyards are located on very steep slopes, requiring a hand harvest that has become a bit of a pilgrimage for Cotat devotees. The steepest plots can only be worked by sliding down with a cushion tied to your rear while you hold the bucket in front of you. The cousins invented this amusing system, and pickers come from all over Europe every year to volunteer for the harvest.

    Grapes from each vineyard plot are vinified separately. The Cotat family pioneered single-vineyard bottlings in Sancerre, and each terroir—whether "Les Monts Damnes" or "Grande Cote" - has its own unique personality. Soils share the same chalky heart as do those in Chablis. In general Pascal wines show a more luxurious, plush mouthfeel in combination with this balanced acidity. (François wines, in comparison, often show more flinty, Chablis-like notes.) Wines are always bottled unfined and unfiltered.

    Cotat's wines truly benefit from age. While these wines are irresistible when they are young, one of the unique pleasures of putting down a few bottles is to later discover a rich, custard-like Sancerre that defies everything you would expect from racy Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc." - NORTH BERKELEY IMPORTS
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  19. PASCAL JANVIER 2018 COTEAUX DU LOIR ROUGE CUVEE DU ROSIER

    Item #: i_353054
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Janviers rent sixty-six different parcels (a total of nine hectares) of land and farm it entirely themselves. Kermit Lynch imports one bottling of their red, made from the lighter-bodied and elegant indigenous red grape.

    The soils of their parcels are comprised of clay, limestone, sand and silex.
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  20. PIERRE RIFFAULT 2018 SANCERRE 7 HOMMES

    Item #: i_353069
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  21. SANCERRE 18 HIPP-REV 375ML

    Item #: i_345152
    Bottle Size: 375ML
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
  22. THIERRY GERMAIN 2018 SAUMUR CHAMPIGNY LES ROCHES

    Item #: i_345837
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Thierry’s domaine, Roches Neuves, whose vineyards are planted in the Saumur (Blanc) and Saumur-Champigny (Rouge) appellations, has rightfully become one of the greatest examples of high achievement in biodynamic vine growing in France. We put him up there with the greats: Abbatucci in Corsica, Ganevat in the Jura, Ostertag in Alsace. His total dedication to site specific wines produced from Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc, his “parcellaires,” has produced some of the most exciting wines in the Loire Valley today.

    • 100% de-stemmed
    • Fermentation in stainless steel tank for 8 to 10 days
    • Light pumpovers during fermentation—meant to infuse the grapes not extract them
    • Aged in stainless steel and wood tanks, on fine lees, without sulfur, for 3 to 4 months
    • Communes: Chaintres de Varrains and Saumur
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  23. VIGNEAU CHEVREAU 18 VOUVRAY SEC CUVEE SILEX

    Item #: i_349979
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Biodynamic dry Chenin Blanc. This wine is clean, crisp and dry with ripe yellow orchard fruits, chamomile and nice minerality.

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