MARDON Quincy “Tres Vieilles Vignes” 2017

Mardon Quincy

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, […]

Domaine Alain Cailbourdin Pouilly Fume “Les Cris” 2017

Cailbourdin Pouilly Fume Les Cris

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 […]

JACKY BLOT Petillant-Naturel “Triple Zero”

Jacky Blot 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 […]

GADAIS Muscadet 2016

Gadais Muscadet 16

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 […]

Noblaie Chinon Blanc 2016

Noblaie Chinon Blanc

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 […]