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  • 143. Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie AC 2015

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    Domaine de la Quilla

    100% Melon de Bourgogne (12% alc.)

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    Quilla’s wine is a blend of wines from different terroirs in the commune of La Haye-Fouassière. Quintessential Muscadet, it offers clean, ripe fruit, with a gunflinty note on the nose, nice balancing acidity and a long minerally finish.

  • 144. Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie AC 2014, Symbiose

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    Michel Delhommeau

    100% Melon de Bourgogne (12% alc.)

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    This cuvée is made from three hectares oforganically tended vines planted in a soilof limonite, comprising iron ore and itsrelated minerals. It has an attractive marine,sea breeze quality on the nose, succulentfruit and a sustained finish. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 145. Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie AC 2014, Clos Armand, Vieilles Vignes

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    Michel Delhommeau

    100% Melon de Bourgogne (12% alc.)

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    This is a superb cuvée, made from old vines planted in a soil of gabbro – formed when volcanic molten magma is trapped under the earth’s crust. A very attractive pale gold colour with greeny glints, this is denser and more reserved than Michel’s first cuvée. It is very pure and juicy with good texture on the palate and the sustained finish reveals a mineral piquancy. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 146. Cheverny rouge AC 2015

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    Domaine de Montcy

    60% Gamay, 35% Pinot Noir, 5% Cot (12.5% alc.)

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    A delicious spring/summer red, with delicate red fruits and a touch of spice. This is best drunk slightly chilled. Very low sulphur. For drinking now to 2017.

  • 147. Cheverny Blanc AC 2015

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    Domaine de Montcy

    80% Sauvignon, 20% Chardonnay (12.5% alc.)

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    Planted in siliceous clay on the fine rootstock Riparia, Laura sets her organically tended vines to just 30hh. Hand harvested, cuve aged with very low sulphur, this wine has much more depth of fruit, and a better texture than many sauvignon based wines. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 148. Cheverny AC 2014, Clos des Cendres

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    Domaine de Montcy

    50% Chardonnay, 50% Sauvignon (12.5% alc.)

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    Laura made this wine from a clutch of ancient 60-80 year old vines planted in a siliceous soil overlying yellow clay and flint. A gorgeous, bright mid-gold colour, it is quite floral on the nose (lavender), feels very natural and pure on the palate thanks to the use of low sulphur, has smoky, stony citrus fruits, and its mineral soul intensifies the more you drink. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 149. Cour-Cheverny AC 2015

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    Domaine de Montcy

    100% Romorantin (12% alc.)

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    Romorantin is a rare grape and here comes from 60-80 year old vines planted in a siliceous clay soil. Laura gave it a long, patient, two year élevage in cuve using minimal sulphur, with the malos not taking place. It produces a typically straw yellow coloured wine, with a deep, complex nose showing a hint of rhubarb, has very good ripeness and balance on the palate, and is fresh and powerful with lemony notes and a demanding salty finish. Best carafed. For drinking now to 2021.

  • 150. Touraine Sauvignon AC 2015, Le Petiot

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    Domaine Ricard

    100% Sauvignon (12.5% alc.)

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    Really good sauvignon here thanks to organic viticulture, very low yields (45hh compared to most Sancerre at 60hh), good flint rich terroir and fine touch from Vincent Ricard. The wine has lovely texture, citrus and mineral notes with a nice herbal touch of mint and lemon verbena. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 151. Pouilly-sur-Loire AC 2015, Vieilles Vignes

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    Domaine de Riaux

    100% Chasselas (12% alc.)

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    This wine comes from 50 year old vines in Saint-Andelain, grown on flinty soils. An understated wine with intriguing hints of mint and celery on the nose and a gentle persistence on the palate.

  • 152. Pouilly-Fumé AC 2015

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    Domaine Jeannot

    100% Sauvignon (13% alc.)

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    Jeannot’s wine comes from the flint rich soil of Saint-Andelain. There is a pronounced flinty character on the nose, following through to the palate which is ripe, harmonious, with hints of grapefruit and peach. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 153. Pouilly-Fumé AC 2014, Les Porcheronnes

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    Marc Deschamps

    100% Sauvignon (13% alc.)

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    Marc’s first cuvée is made from vines planted in limestone-clay soils, from several sites scattered on the hilltop of Les Loges. His wines have an incredibly pure, clean quality that comes from good viticulture and the use of natural yeasts (95% of Sancerre and Pouilly are made using artificial yeasts which confer a one dimensional bonbon character on the aromatics). It has a pale colour with greeny glints, attractive concentration of citrus fruits, with a slightly minty note and a tonic and refreshing mineral quality on the long finish. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 154. Pouilly-Fumé AC 2014, Les Champs de Cri

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    Marc Deschamps

    100% Sauvignon (13% alc.)

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    Marc’s top cuvée comes from 45 to 60yo vines planted in dry limestone overlying kimmeridgian marls. Aged on the fine lees for a couple of months longer than Les Porcheronnes, it is a more textured, gourmand style of wine, with concentrated aromatics and denser, opulent fruit. It has great play on the palate with ripe grapefruit and mandarin notes, and a touch of attractive bitterness on the finish (orange zest and cooked apricots). 94 points Stephen Reinhardt The Wine Advocate. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 155. Sancerre AC 2015

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    Pierre Riffault

    100% Sauvignon (13% alc.)

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    Riffault is based in Verdigny and has a ten hectare domaine dispersed over varying subsoils (limestone-clay marls, limestone fragments and siliceous clay with flint).  Flint, although inert, may help to give a lipsmacking, gunflinty character that really plays its part here with this pure, typical, good value wine. For drinking now to 2017.

  • 156. Sancerre AC 2015

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    Domaine Croix Saint Ursin, Sylvain Bailly

    100% Sauvignon (12.5% alc.)

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    Bailly’s classic Sancerre has a typical gun-flint nose and steely fruit. The vines are planted on the steep well-exposed slopes of Bué which have a particularly stony base. For drinking now to 2017.

  • 157. Sancerre AC 2015 (SOLD OUT)

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    Gérard Boulay

    100% Sauvignon (12.5% alc.)

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    This comes from 35 year old vines on the hills of Chavignol. Cuve aged, it has a lovely, bright pale colour with greeny glints.  On the nose it offers pure, restrained sauvignon, with an evident salty character and hint of iodine which follows through on the palate with a touch of lemon, ripe grapefruit, fennel and blackcurrant leaf. For drinking now to 2020+.

  • 158. Sancerre AC 2014, Monts Damnés

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    Gérard Boulay

    100% Sauvignon (13% alc.)

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    This outstanding wine comes from 40 year old vines located on the central, finest plot of this famous hillside. Vinified in three to four year old barrels (good Tronçais oak), then aged in cuve, it was bottled in August 2015. Restrained on the nose, it has much more evident weight and exotic fruit, then becomes really quite racy with salty, iodiney notes on the finish. For drinking now to 2022. 

  • 159. Sancerre AC 2014, Clos de Beaujeu

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    Gérard Boulay

    100% Sauvignon (13% alc.)

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    This comes from 30 to 60 year old vines that were until recently in the ownership of Bourges Cathedral for 500 years! The vineyard is very steep and south-east facing, helping to give the wine a little more backbone, nerve and salinity than the due south facing Monts Damnés. Vinified in cuve, then aged 100% in three and four year old 300 litre barrels, it will age magnificently. For drinking now to 2024+.

  • 160. Sancerre AC 2013, Comtesse

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    Gérard Boulay

    100% Sauvignon (13% alc.)

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    Boulay’s top cuvée comes from 0.40h of 65yo vines planted on the prime slop in the heart of Monts-Damnés. As long ago as 1870 Comtesse was considered to be Sancerre’s finest vineyard. Gérard first rented the vineyard back in 2004, and it’s his pride and joy that in 2012 he vinified in 300 litre barrels and then aged in cuve. A wine of the highest class that will age superbly, on the palate it has a silky fruit quality, good matter, touch of verbena and a most attractive hint of bitterness on the finish. 94 points Stephen Reinhardt The Wine Advocate. For drinking now to 2022.

  • 161. Sancerre Rosé AC 2015

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    Gérard Boulay

    100% Pinot Noir (12.5% alc.)

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    Is there a better rose than this anywhere in France? 100% pinot noir from old vines gives this supremely elegant wine with fine fruit, saline minerality and a sustained finish.

  • 162. Sancerre Rouge AC 2014

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    Gérard Boulay

    100% Pinot Noir (12.5% alc.)

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    50 year old vines, natural yeasts, no fining, no filtration, delicately extracted fruit, sensitive ageing in 20% new oak and 80% cuve, produces an extremely stylish and elegant wine – more than a match for many red burgundies. For drinking now to 2021.

  • 163. Côte Roannaise AC 2015, Domaine

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    Domaine des Pothiers

    100% Gamay Saint Romain (12% alc.)

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    Grown organically in a sandy, granitic topsoil overlying granite, this comes from a selection of old vines up to 80 years old.  On the nose you find spicy cherry and raspberry fruit, then the palate has good structure for a gamay, with the irony, stony mineral quality typical of vines grown on granite, and ripe, old vine tannins on the finish. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 164. Saumur-Champigny AC 2014

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    Domaine Le Petit Saint-Vincent

    100% Cabernet Franc (12.5% alc.)

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    Dominique Joseph’s wine has a supple, natural quality, a black cherry nose, and is packed with cranberry fruit nicely underscored byflavours reminiscent of these chalky soils. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 165. Saumur-Champigny AC 2009, Amateus Bobi

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    Sébastien Bobinet

    100% Cabernet Franc (12.5% alc.)

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    A micro-cuvée from a micro-domaine. Low yields of 40hh from 20 year old vines. After destalking, the wine is fermented with a 60 day maceration at just 12° centigrade to extract a kernel of silky fruit and no harsh tannins (the winemaker’s version of slow cooking). The wine is then aged in four year old barrels for 16 months. It has a fabulous vibrant raspberry colour and depth of natural cabernet fruit. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 166. Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil AC 2015, Les Graviers

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    Domaine du Mortier

    100% Cabernet Franc (13.19% alc.)

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    The Boisard family have nine hectares of organically certified vines. Their wines are all marked by an incredible purity of fruit, low alcohol, silky tannins and are unfined and unfiltered. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 167. Bourgueil AC 2014, Impétueuse

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    Bertrand Galbrun

    100% Cabernet Franc (12.5% alc.)

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    In a normal year Bertrand makes just 3,000 bottles of this excellent wine from 45 year old vines in a fine lieu-dit on a plateau with soils of deep gravels overlying limestone. Organically certified, the wine was cuve aged to retain all its fruit, has a dark raspberry colour, some spice on the nose and sappy cherry fruit, fine grained tannins and is very clear cut with a saline mineral quality on the finish. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 168. Chinon AC 2014, Gabare (out of stock)

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    Domaine Grosbois

    100% Cabernet Franc (12.5% alc.)

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    The Grosbois family produce four cuvées of Chinon, vinified by geographic parcel. This cuvée comes from a due south facing lower terrace of the Vienne river near Panzoult and a sandy, pebbly, clay soil. Aged in cuve, it has supple, attractive red cherry fruit with a gentle, stony undertone. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 169. Chinon AC 2011, Clos de Turpenay

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    Château de Coulaine

    100% Cabernet Franc (13.5% alc.)

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    This comes from 30 to 50 year old vines planted high on a due south-facing hillside in a soil of sand, limestone and yellow ‘millarge’. Fermented in cuve and then aged in four-five year old 400ltr barrels. Notable red fruit aromas lead to a palate that has similarly intense, red fruits, and a marked limestone, mineral flavour, with good structure, ripe tannins and beautiful length. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 170. Vouvray Sec AC 2014, Bel Air

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    Vincent Raimbault

    100% Chenin (13% alc.)

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    The 2014 Sec has zippy fruit and a nice mineral touch on the nose, is very clean and dry on the palate, with good lift on the finish. It would make an excellent accompaniment to fruits de mer or terrine de poissons. For drinking now to 2017+.

  • 171. Vouvray AC 2015, Silex Noir

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    François Pinon

    100% Chenin (13% alc, 14g/l of rs)

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    François produces this ‘sec tendre’ cuvée from 45/50 year old hillside vineyards. It is made by arresting the alcoholic fermentation by reducing the temperature down to 1 to 2˚C for two weeks.  This leaves 20g/l of unfermented sugars though the beauty of this wine is that its harmony is such that you don’t notice the sugars at all.  Very good weight of fruit on the attack, with the palate showing ripe grapefruit, exotic fruits, and an intense saline mineral flavour, this finishes with the clear, cutting edge so typical of chenin.  For drinking now to 2024.

  • 172. Vouvray AC 2011, Moelleux

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    François Pinon

    100% Chenin (13% alc, 68g/l of rs)

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    Quince predominates on the nose and palate of this excellent sweet wine. There is a terrific vein of acidity that cuts through the opulent fruit, keeping it fresh and delicious. The finish is sustained with a mineral imprint. For drinking now to 2025.

  • 173. Savennières AC 2010, Fougeraies (out of stock)

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    Domaine du Gué d’Orger

    100% Chenin (13.5% alc.)

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    Loic Mahé’s first cuvée comes from a soil rich in sand and schist.  Aged in a mix of cuve and three to six year old barrels, this is a Savennières giving immediate pleasure with ripe fruits marked by stewed lemon and marmalade and subtle bitters on the finish. For drinking now to 2017+.

  • 174. Montlouis-sur-Loire AC 2013, Premier Rendez-Vous

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    Bertrand & Lise Jousset

    100% Chenin (13% alc.)

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    40 to 70 year old vines here, planted in a soil comprising sandy clay, with flints, less than a metre above a limestone bedrock. Viticulture is meticulous and organic, and yields at only 25hh are very low. The juice is directed by gravity (never pumped), into one to five year old barrels where it carries out its fermentation. 40% of the malolactics were completed, and the wine retains good freshness and cut, with dry apple-quince fruit and mineral undertones of gunflint.  A very versatile food wine or aperitif. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 175. Montlouis-sur-Loire AC 2008, Singulier

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    Bertrand & Lise Jousset

    100% Chenin (13.5% alc.)

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    Singulier is the Jousset’s top cuvée from a 1.1 hectare plot of 60 to 80 year old vines called le Clos Renard. This is possibly Montlouis’ best lieu-dit where a thin sandy, flinty soil has developed over limestone bedrock. Aged in recent 400 ltr barrels this dry, dense, quincey, perfectly balanced wine has an exceptional mineral vibration. This wine has opened out and shows just how fine wine from this vineyard can be.  For drinking now to 2017.

  • 176. Anjou AC 2014, Les Varennes

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    Les Roches Sèches

    100% Chenin (11.8% alc.)

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    The three friends running Les Roches Sèches work by terroir, and this comes from three parcels of organically worked vines (planted on the fine Rupestris du Lot rootstock) totalling 1.5 hectares that average 40 years old. Aged in older barrels for a year with malos completed, here the schist soils leave a deep irony, print on this dense, bone dry wine which has a great vein of acidity freshening it up. A minimal 14mg/l of sulphur was used. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 177. Vin De France 2014, Les Essards Noirs

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    Les Roches Sèches

    100% Grolleau (12.5% alc.)

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    This comes from low yielding 50yo grolleau planted in a good terroir where clay, sand and limestone are mixed overlying a schist base. Fermented traditionally from whole bunches and aged in older barrels for a year, this has delicious cherry and wild strawberry aromatics and flavours with much more depth of fruit than most examples. No sulphur. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 178. Vin de France 2015, Les Onglés

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    Stéphane Bernaudeau

    100% Chenin (12.5% alc.)

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    The first of Stéphane's two outstanding dry whites comes from one hectare of 30yo vines planted in a superb terroir on schist on a gentle south-west facing slope. Aged in four to ten year old barrels with malos completed, it was bottled after a year with low sulphur level.  It is tense and racy and benefits from carafeing. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 179. Vin de France 2014, Les Nourrissons (out of stock)

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    Stéphane Bernaudeau

    97% Chenin, 3% Verdelho (12.5% alc.)

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    It is a privilege to work with a wine as good as this, and I urge customers to try to prise a few bottles out of us (me!). Right up there with France's finest dry whites, this comes from a hectare of 105yo vines planted in schist. Aged in older oak barrels like les Onglés, Stéphane prizes the portugese grape Verdelho for adding extra iodine/saline notes. It is a dense wine offering a rare vigour and energy, with deeply set fruit and with an incredible texture and persistence. Best carafed. For drinking late 2016 to 2022.

  • 180. Vin de France 2014, Rouliers (out of stock)

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    Richard Leroy

    100% Chenin (13% alc.)

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    When ten years of efforts trying to establish a premier cru hierarchy came to nothing, rather than continue to use the Anjou appellation that had few quality associations, Richard took the nuclear option of declassifying his sensational wines to Vin de France. There is a finesse and restraint to this wine (from only 0.70 hectares of low-yielding vines) with a mineral flavour possibly emanating from the underlying schist. Fermented completely dry with the malolactics completed and no batonnage, and no sulphur used in the cave at all, it shows chenin in its most elegant style. Very limited quantity from this vintage. No sulphur. For drinking now to 2021+.

  • 181. Vin de France 2014, Les Noëls de Montbenault (out of stock)

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    Richard Leroy

    100% Chenin (12.5% alc.)

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    The vines here are planted in soils developed over the eroded base of an ancient volcano on the plateau of a windy ridge of hills overlooking the river Layon. Harvested from only ripe grapes (any botrytised grapes were individually cut out) and fermented dry, the wine has a sumptuous concentration on the palate, with a hint of quince and a notable mineral (irony) flavour. Rich but balanced and very long on the finish, this is an exceptional wine. No sulphur at all from 2011. For drinking now to 2023+.