March 21, 2019
Mardon Quincy

MARDON Quincy “Tres Vieilles Vignes” 2017

Look to Quincy for delicious, mineral-driven, Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc. And in Quincy, buy Domaine Mardon. Quincy is 50 miles west of Sancerre along the Cher River. 50-80 year old vines, growing in river sand and gravel, make high-toned, zippy, pure Sauvignon Blanc. Quick attack of green apple skins, grapefruit, lemon/lime and river rocks. Ripe, crisp citrus and stone fruits quickly emerge on the palate. Mouth-watering acidity, perfect balance of fruit, soil and acid. Killer white here for $20.
March 15, 2019
Cailbourdin Pouilly Fume Les Cris

Domaine Alain Cailbourdin Pouilly Fume “Les Cris” 2017

Knowing this wine from multiple prior vintages, I pay the 2017 the best compliments I can give, which are classic and typical. You don’t want too much in an outstanding Loire Valley Sauv Blanc. Rather, you want brightness, intensity and the flavor of the rocky soils from which it comes. And here it is: citrus zest (especially lemon), spring flowers and rocky pebbles. Smells great, tastes great, finishes long and vibrant. I love wines like this to no end.
March 14, 2018
Jacky Blot Triple Zero

JACKY BLOT Petillant-Naturel “Triple Zero”

100% Chenin Blanc. Crisp and brooding nose of bright citrus, pears, white spring flowers and chalk. Taste is 2 parts soil, 1 part fruit: river rocks, oyster shells, lemon-apple, quince. The concern is that this will be dry to the point of being mean, but not so. The lees-aging in barrel gives just the right amount of flesh. Really delicious, and a bargain for this quality and character. A Pet-Nat, which is single fermentation that finishes in bottle. 100% Chenin Blanc, called Triple Zero because it is Zero Chaptalization, Zero Liqueur at bottling, Zero dosage. Ferment and aged 2 years […]
February 20, 2018
Gadais Muscadet 16

GADAIS Muscadet 2016

What a delight to taste the Gadais Muscadet for the first time recently! Lemon zest, lemon cucumber and sea air nose. Taste fresh citrus, sea air, Macintosh apple skin and ripe grapefruit. Finish is an “of the earth” sensation of crushed sea shells and chalk dust. I could drink this all day. Muscadet: western Loire Valley wine appellation, known for their high-acid, crisp and crunch white wines. The grape here is Melon de Bourgogne. This is a common white wine poured in French bistros because it’s relatively inexpensive, great with fish and fried foods, and not a wine to overwhelm […]
January 30, 2018
Noblaie Chinon Blanc

Noblaie Chinon Blanc 2016

A rare bird, White Chinon (Loire Valley) is all Chenin Blanc, which accounts for just 2% of vineyard land in the appellation. You’d think something so good and so rare would be more expensive. Such a lovely white, and for what it’s worth my perfect style for a house wine. Chalky, apple skin, white flower nose turns to flavors of pear-apple, citrus, lemon blossoms and crushed rocks. Light and intense, this is an ideal partner for most shellfish.