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  1. 1749 2018 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.

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  2. BOURGEOIS 2018 SANCERRE COTE DES MONTS DAMNES HENRI BOURGEOIS

    Item #: i_353118
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The near-vertical slope of the Monts Damnés produces wines that have delicate tropical fruit (a proof of ripe Sauvignon grapes) and vibrant citrus aromas. The palate confirms this fruitiness and brings a nice and clean mineral note. This very concentrated wine expresses its strong personality. With three to five years of bottle-aging, the wine gains roundness, richness and complexity.
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  3. CLEMENT ET FLORIAN BERTHIER C 18 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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  4. COMTE LAFOND 2018 SANCERRE

    Item #: i_353125
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  5. DAGUENEAU 2017 BLANC FUME DE POUILLY

    Item #: i_352281
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  6. DAGUENEAU 2017 POUILLY FUME PUR SANG

    Item #: i_334028
    Bottle Size: 750ML
  7. DAGUENEAU 2017 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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    $119.99
  8. DAGUENEAU 2017 SANCERRE LE MONT DAMNE

    Item #: i_352295
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    $149.99
  9. DOMAINE DE REUILLY 2018 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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  10. DOMAINE VACHERON 2018 SANCERRE

    Item #: i_311177
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    A vibrant, 100% organic/biodynamic Sauvignon Blanc from a mix of flint and chalk soils in the heart of Sancerre. Aromas suggest grapefruit zest and gunflint; in the mouth the wine is pure and fresh, with plenty of mineral energy and citrus-inspired flavors. This is classic Sancerre—limpid and clean, with lots of freshness and lovely energy.
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  11. DOMAINE VACHERON 2018 SANCERRE "PARADIS"

    Item #: i_353269
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Aromas of orange and lemon zest, wildflowers. Vibrant and precise, with a nervous tension throughout. Stone fruit, sea-salt, more citrus.
    PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Rich seafood; white meats; cream sauces

    "A classic Sancerre, with a racy profile and a sea-salty finish. This very steep vineyard has barely any soil, so vines feed directly from the region’s solid chalk “mother rock” below." - NORTH BERKELEY IMPORTS

    Fermented on indigenous yeasts in large, upright wooden fermentation tanks (from 25-36HL). Racked, then aged for one year in same wooden tank. Unfiltered.
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  12. DUBARD 2019 SAUVIGNON BLANC LE MONT

    Item #: i_353076
    Bottle Size: EACH
    HEV certified sustainable

    Aromas and flavors of lemon, lime zest and oyster shell, with a subtle ginger note. An elegant combination of silky texture and tensile minerality.
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  13. FORGUES 2017 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: i_353377
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  14. FRANCOIS COTAT 2018 SANCERRE LA GRANDE COTE

    Item #: i_351337
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Located in the western portion of the Sancerre appellation, Chavignol has a unique type of soil called, in French, “terres blanches.” The region is essentially a chalk plateau (the same vein as is found in Chablis) with clay and limestone soils. The top vineyards, ‘Monts Damnés,’ ‘Grande Côte,’ and ‘Les Culs de Beaujeu,’ are perched on steep hillsides with little topsoil. Cotat as a rule harvests by hand and very late, as pushing ripeness to the extreme is one element that gives these wines their weighty texture and complexity. While Cotat is not organically certified, his habits are more or less according to organic principles. He does not treat his vines with pesticides; uses only indigenous yeasts for fermentation; and follows the lunar cycle for racking. Wines are barrel-fermented in older demi-muids and aged in larger tonneaux. All wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.
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  15. HIPPOLYTE REVERDY 2015 SANCERRE CUVEE ORTUS

    Item #: i_353314
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Cuvée Ortus is only bottled in exceptional vintages
    Selected juice is initially fermented as regular Sancerre Blanc, undergoes malolactic fermentation, but wine is aged in 400-L oak barrels, and the lees are stirred daily for a year. The wine is then racked into neutral cask where it ages and settles for an additional year.
    Bottled unfiltered then aged for another year in bottle before release Only made in select vintages; only the 2003 and the 2005 have been released so far and now the 2015.
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  16. JULIEN PINEAU 2018 ROCHE BLANCHE SAUVIGNON BLANC 24 HOUR SKIN MACERATION, NO SULFUR ADDED

    Item #: i_353326
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    BIODYNAMIC, NO SULFUR ADDED

    Julien Pineau, who now owns 6.5 hectares of the Clos Roche Blanche, is making briliant wines, including this distinctive Sauvignon Blanc. Produced without the addition of SO2, this is a lovely natural wine that benefits from decanting or aeration, then shows aromas of white fruits, melon, lemon zest and lime-flower with bright herbal notes and a lifting hint of oxidation. The palate is intensely flavored with quince, dried herbs, grapefruit rind and minerals backed by very firm acidity. The finish is very long with white fruits, citrus, herbal and mineral flavors.
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  17. LA FLEUR GARDEROSE 2016 SAUVIGNON BLANC BIODYNAMIC

    Item #: i_353352
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Poached pear with tropical fruit and hints of caramel popcorn and petrol notes. Soft mouthfeel a with balance of ripe orchard fruit and hints of nutmeg spice in the lively finish.
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  18. 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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  19. LUCIEN CROCHET 2017 SANCERRE "CROIX DE ROY"

    Item #: i_302672
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    WINEMAKER'S NOTES - "Sourced from several parcels that are planted in rocky, white soils with an east-southeast exposure (including the "Clos du Roy"), this cuvée is the most full-bodied and masculine of the three core Sancerres of the domaine."
    Outstanding, textbook Sancerre. Lucien Crochet is renowned for his excellent Loire wines, and "La Croix Du Roy" is one of them. With bright citrus fruit with delightful earthy and herbal tones, this is exactly what a great Sancerre should be.
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  20. LUCIEN CROCHET 2017 SANCERRE "LE CHENE MARCHAND

    Item #: i_302673
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    This wine is produced from vineyards in the village of Bué (principally the “Clos du Chene Marchand”) that are planted uniquely to clay-limestone soils, known as “caillottes and griottes” which yield a wine of particularly fine quality and exceptional length. Usually harvested earlier than the other cuvées because of the excellent exposure of the vines to the sun, “Le Chene” maintains an elegant acidity in support of the ripe fruit of these well-positioned vines.

    Le Chêne is a vineyard located in the commune of Bué, and is highly reputed for its quality wines.
    Notes of fresh grapes, citrus, lemon zest and grapefruit.
    Palate : Nice attack with volume and fat. Wet chalk, mineral and long in the mouth
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  21. LUCIEN CROCHET 2018 SANCERRE

    Item #: i_370710
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    The grapes for this basic cuvée of Sancerre are sourced from the vineyards in Bué, Vinon and Crézancy. After harvest, fermentation is done in stainless steel cuves at temperatures between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius. As with all the whites at the domaine, this wine sits in contact with the fine lies for a considerable period of time with the racking being done late in the spring following harvest. The first bottling occurs no earlier than July and frequently does not occur until September of the year following harvest.
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  22. 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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  23. PASCAL JOLIVET 2018 SANCERRE

    Item #: i_350362
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Domaine Pascal Jolivet. Terroir: Situated 125 miles south of Paris, the Sancerre landscape undulates at an altitude between 650 and 1,300 feet. The Loire River on the Eastern side of the hilly environment creates a relatively temperate microclimate for the wines. Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Blanc is sourced from three vineyards in the heart of the appellation.

    Pale and vibrant in color. The Pascal Jolivet Sancerre is fresh, clean and screaming with racy acidity. On the palate it is fresh and tightly wound; acidity is tempered by very subtle residual sugar; very clean; alive, racy, youthful. Overall, a dry and elegant wine.
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  24. PATIENT COTTAT 18 SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: i_345938
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley is sourced from vineyards in Touraine and Anjou. It is made in manner to preserve freshness. Clean, crisp and dry with flavors of citrus, passion fruit, gooseberry and minerality.
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  25. PIERRE RIFFAULT 2018 SANCERRE 7 HOMMES

    Item #: i_353069
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Enthusiast: 90 Points
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS - "This rich Sancerre is full of white fruits as well as the more familiar herbal characteristics. It is taut, with a sculptured texture. The wine is not quite ready and will be better from early 2020."
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