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.