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  1. ARNAUD LAMBERT 2017 SAUMUR BLANC CLOS DAVID BREZE

    Item #: i_350029
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    In 2009, the château’s new owner, le Comte de Colbert, asked Yves Lambert and his son, Arnaud, from Domaine de Saint-Just, to manage the estate. They accepted with a twenty-five year lease and immediately began a hard work of converting these historical vineyards to organic culture after more than fifty years of chemical farming. Today, five after many years of quality farming and the deft touch of Arnaud, the brilliance of the wines known centuries ago is reemerging.
    Inside the bottle: The wine starts out aromatically expressing the magic that limestone imparts to its local vine community. Pure and striking fruits, like sweet lime, meyer lemon with lemon curd, exotic spice and flint dart out of the glass and into the nose. If you can manage to keep it in the glass for a couple of hours of slow observation and drinking, the wine will take you on a rollercoaster of highs that seem only to climber higher with every passing minute. Acidity? More than you can imagine but somehow it presents itself gently on the finish after a somewhat overwhelming initial attack from the first sip. The wine hasn’t a drop of tropical or rich, ripe fruit notes because this cold site rarely has a chance to develop botrytis, even in ideal years. The topsoil is pure sand with limestone gravel that has been unearthed from the tuffeau limestone that sits on thirty centimeters below the soil. It’s pure sand and limestone soils make it the most unique soil structure on the hill. Anyone would be hard-pressed to find a white wine in the world that carries this fair of a price.
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  2. ARNAUD LAMBERT 2019 SAUMUR BLANC CLOS DE MIDI

    Item #: i_353318
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 93
    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "This offers an expressive mix of yellow apple, persimmon and Meyer lemon flavors infused with light notes of hazelnut and hints of smoke. The acidity is electric, giving this plenty of verve and carrying all the elements to the long and seductive, lightly floral finish."
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  3. BERNARD BAUDRY 2019 CHINON BLANC

    Item #: i_354223
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Arare white from an appellation of reds, Baudry’s Chinon Blanc is delightful with a Middle Eastern–spiced dish like roasted eggplant and curried yogurt. Outside-the-box ingredients such as black garlic and rose harissa or my colleague Caterina’s secret weapon, sumac, produce an umami pop when paired with the lush, waxy texture of the wine. Bold spices amp up its character rather than overpowering it, so have fun with it. And, if you discover a new “unlikely” pairing, send your recipe our way!
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  4. CAVE DE VOUVRAY 2018 ROSNAY

    Item #: i_354410
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  5. CHAMPALOU 2019 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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  6. 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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  7. CHIDAINE 2018 TUFFEAUX

    Item #: i_345762
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Vinous Media: 94
    VINOUSMEDIA 94 POINTS: "The 2018 Montlouis Les Tuffeaux is explosive in the glass. Soaring citrus, floral pear and slate-infused aromatics lead into a rich, creamy palate that fills out beautifully. The 2018 is generous and so inviting, and yet remains airy, with beams of salinity that frame the subtle, nuanced finish. A wine of understatement and class, the 2018 is just gorgeous today. The balance of sweetness, acid and structure is compelling, with the sugar present and yet so well-integrated, in the wine’s magical balance."

    Biodynamic
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  8. CHIDAINE MONTLOUIS NV BRUT TRADITION

    Item #: i_302102
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    100 % CHENIN BLANC - No dosage. This feels beautifully fresh, energetic, with polished orchard fruit nose, complemented by a light and minerally seam. The palate is certainly vivacious, filled with desiccated fruit, backed up by great acidity, and a fine pétillance. Full, composed, and striking, with a long, fruit-rich finish, this is very impressive.
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  9. DOMAINE DE LA TAILLE AUX LOUPS 2018 CLOS DE LA BRETONNIERE

    Item #: i_345502
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    CERTIFIED ORGANIC

    • 100% Chenin Blanc
    • 50-60 year old vines in Noizay
    • Very thin layer of clay sitting over pure limestone
    • Indigenous yeasts
    • No malo
    • Fermented and aged in barrel (20% new, 80% 1-4 year old barrels
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  10. DOMAINE DE LA TAILLE AUX LOUPS 2019 MONTLOUIS CLOS MICHET

    Item #: i_352136
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    CERTIFIED ORGANIC

    DECANTER 96 POINTS - "Clos Michet is the smaller of two adjacent clos that the Domaine de la Taille aux Loups owns in the commune of Saint Martin le Beau. The larger is the 12ha Clos Mosny, which is entirely enclosed by a wall. The Clos Michet has sandy soil, faces southwest and west and the vines are at least 50 years old. The age of the barrels used are a quarter new, quarter one year, quarter two year and a quarter three years. Tasted in early February Clos Michet was richer than Rémus with thrilling tension between the fruit and acidity with a very long finish. Potential to age brilliantly."
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  11. DOMAINE HUET 2017 VOUVRAY CLOS DU BOURG DEMI SEC

    Item #: i_350741
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 93
    JOHN GILMAN 95 POINTS - "The 2017 Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec is a stunning wine in the making. The bouquet offers up a superb constellation of apple, pineapple, quince, very complex minerality, honeycomb, orange blossoms and lanolin. On the palate the wine is pure, nascently complex and full-bodied, with superb depth at the core, bright, seamless acids, laser-like focus and outstanding grip and balance on the long, vibrant and stunning finish. This too will be approachable for a few years and then shut down for an extended period of hibernation, but unlike the Le Haut Lieu Demi-Sec, where early sampling would be perfectly understandable, to waste bottles of the 2017 Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec drinking it in its early window of accessibility would border on a crime! This is a legend in the making."

    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "This glistens, with glazed pear, warm persimmon, green plum and quince flavors, all carried by elegant white ginger and verbena notes. A light gilding of piecrust adds to the flattering feel, though there’s ample acidity here for balance and drive. Drink now through 2032."
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  12. DOMAINE HUET 2017 VOUVRAY LE MONT DEMI SEC

    Item #: i_351744
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  13. DOMAINE HUET 2017 VOUVRAY SEC LE HAUT LIEU

    Item #: i_350577
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 93
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "From limestone-clay soils, the golden-yellow colored 2017 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Sec displays a deep and refined nose with fine chalky notes intermixed with juicy and well-concentrated lemon aromas. The attack on the palate is smooth, ripe and elegant. In fact, this is a very juicy, round, refined and persistently structured Vouvray with intensity, power and concentration but also fine acidity. It displays a long, vital, beautifully tensioned finish with grip and candied lemon, grapefruit and orange zest flavors. With dine yet tight tannins, this is an excellent, very elegant and textured Haut-Lieu that already drinks very well but will improve over time. Tasted in March 2019."
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  14. DOMAINE PICHOT 2018 VOUVRAY

    Item #: i_302660
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Jean-Claude Pichot’s family is one of the oldest inVouvray, with origins as viticulturists and restauranteursdating back to 1739. The family cellars are located in thecharming village of Vouvray, in caverns hewn from therolling hills which were once quarried to provide stoneto construct the grand châteaux of the Loire. In fact, thePichot home is itself part house and part cavern, with adramatic hearth carved from the rock. Jean-Claude wasone of six sons, but the only one to continue the familytradition of vigneron.Tasting notes: golden raisins on the nose and on thepalate. Grape juicy, like table grape concentrate. Easyto drink, already well-balanced with some elements ofcloves, butter tarte tatin and a touch of maple sugar.Good fruit extension with some grapefruit and apple skinon the finish.
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  15. FOREAU 2016 VOUVRAY SEC DOMAINE DU CLOS NAUDIN

    Item #: i_305381
    Bottle Size: 750ML
  16. FRANCOIS CHIDAINE 2018 MONTLOUIS CLOS DU BREUIL

    Item #: i_354143
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vinous Media: 95
    VINOUSMEDIA 95 POINTS: "Chidaine’s 2018 Montlouis Clos du Breuil is marked by a real feeling of old-vine density. Apricot, peach, tangerine oil and spice all build in a viscous, oily Chenin that is all about texture. Powerful and classy, the Clos du Breuil is fabulous. Time in the glass just brings out the wine’s depth and intensity, with a hint of tropical exoticism that lingers on the finish."
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  17. GERMAIN 2018 SAUMUR BLANC CLOS DE L'ECHELIER DOMAINE DES ROCHES NEUVES

    Item #: i_354338
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This red comes from one of Thierry’s grand cru parcels, a centuries-old, walled-in clos that he fell in love with years before he was able to acquire it. Somehow Thierry manages in most years to craft an epic rouge from these grapes that is incredibly pretty right out of the gate, and will have a long, mesmerizing life ahead. I highly recommend buying a few bottles for now and several more for later. —Tom Wolf. Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
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  18. HUET 2018 VOUVRAY MOELLEUX 1'ERE TRIE LE MONT

    Item #: i_353681
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 95+
    WINE ADVOCATE 95+ POINTS: "The 2018 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Première Trie is pure, deep and flinty on the concentrated nose, with very fine oak, toffee and potted ginger aromas. Lush, sweet and generous yet precise and crystalline on the palate, it features very fine tannins, lingering salinity and positive energy. This is a compact, persistent, tightly woven and stimulating Chenin from the Le Mont terroir that reveals firm, tensioned structure and a young finish with potential to improve and refine."
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  19. J. MOURAT 2020 CHENIN DE JARDIN NATURISTE FIEFS VENDEEN

    Item #: i_353445
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    NATURAL WINE

    The Chenin du Jardin Naturiste is 100% Chenin blanc, aged for six months in steel. He (the garden gnome on the front), bares his butt, because he is all natural. The wine has zero Sulphur added and certified organic farming.

    Bright, crisp, dry, mineral driven – green apple, lots of citrus notes, lime zest and lemon with some pineapple fruit in the finish.
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  20. 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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  21. NICOLAS JOLY 2016 SAVENNIERES VIEUX CLOS

    Item #: i_351514
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  22. TAILLE AUX LOUPS 2017 MONTLOUIS LES HAUTS DE HUSSEAU

    Item #: i_353165
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    CERTIFIED ORGANIC

    DECANTER 96 POINTS - "Occupying the highest point on the slope, Hauts de Husseau's soils feature less chalk but plenty of marine fossils. Here grow the domaine's oldest vines, with very deep roots. This wine is all about focused richness, displaying a saline nose with rich, pineappley scents. The palate is very intense but retains a sense of purpose, chanelling the ripe apple and sweet pineapple flavours down the centre while salinity floods the edges."
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