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Loire Royalty - In Top Form
2019 Roches Neuves Saumur Blanc Clos de l'Échelier

The l’Échelier Blanc is always the most incisively mineral of Roches Neuves' whites. Clos de l’Échelier is a 1.8ha clos (a walled vineyard) that has hard limestone soils.

Loire Elite, The Smart Buy:
2015 Thierry Germain Saumur Blanc Clos du Moulin

In recent years, Thierry Germain’s Roches Neuves has been catapulted into elite status. The wines have gained a cult following. Today, we focus on the low profile, value wine of Thierry Germain's lineup, the Saumur Blanc Clos du Moulin from the excellent 2015 vintage.

The Loire's King of Fizz: 2018 Les Capriades Pet-Sec

Les Capriades is a Pét-Nat specialist, and their examples are unrivaled. A couple of weeks ago, I opened up a bottle of the Pet-Sec and drank it over two days. It was such an exciting experience that I bought every bottle that I could get my hands on. It's rare that you can find more than a few cases, so I'm happy to have the opportunity to do an offering. 

Cult Loire - Rare:
2016 Bernaudeau Vin de France Les Onglés

Bernaudeau's wines are some of the purest and most energetic expressions of Chenin that you'll find. They became cult wines almost overnight. When you taste, the swiftness with which they became some of the most sought after wines in the Loire makes sense. The wines simply dazzle.  

2010 Clos Rougeard Saumur Blanc Brézé

Out of Rougeard's incredible and long-lived lineup, the way that Brézé ages is amazing. The 2010 Brézé is one of the most utterly brilliant vintages of the wine that I've tasted. 

Revelation in the Loire: 2017 Bernaudeau Vin de France Les Ongles

Stéphane Bernaudeau has quickly become one of the Loire's cult winemakers. If you've tasted the wines, this isn't surprising. They are snappy, bright, and seriously complicated. The purity on display is undeniable. 

3 - Star Loire
2018 Roches Neuves Saumur Blanc Clos de l'Echelier & Clos Romans

Roches Neuves is one of the Loire's great estates. Today, we focus on their two Chenin Blancs, Clos de l'Echelier and Clos Romans. Both are absolutely dynamite expressions of the grape.

Overnight Superstar:
2017 Château De Bonnezeaux Vielle Vigne Du Fief Prévost

Simply put, Château de Bonnezeaux Du Fief Prevost VV is special. This is one of the most complex, dynamic, and layered Chenin Blancs we’ve had in a long time.

Painstaking Precision:
2017 Chidaine Vouvray Argiles Sec

Over the years, we've penned plenty of emails on Chidaine. Every vintage, there's a bottle or two from the vast range that really impresses us. In 2017, Les Argiles is the stand out.

2 Barrels Made - Loire Star:
2015 Roches Neuves Saumur Blanc Clos de l'Echelier

Lately, it's been impossible not to take notice of Roches Neuves. In recent vintages, they have simply been killing it. Today, I'm very happy to revisit their 2015 Clos de l'Echelier Blanc. When we first offered the 2015 in February 2017, it stood out as one of the vintage's best expressions of Chenin Blanc. If anything, the wine's success has come into clearer focus today.

Loire Elite
2017 Roches Neuves Saumur Blanc Clos de l’Échelier

Clos de l’Echelier is a 1.8ha clos (a walled vineyard) that has hard limestone soils. The majority of the clos is planted with Cabernet Franc. The very small amount of Chenin comes from sixty-year-old vines and in a typical vintage, the total production is just two oval casks - somewhere around 1,200 bottles.

Loire Royalty - Electric and Multifaceted:
2016 Huet Le Mont Demi-Sec

Huet is one of France's most historic and iconic domaines.

Loire Grand Cru:
2014 Guiberteau Saumur Blanc Brézé

Brézé has a long history of being holy ground for Chenin.

Ruthlessly Mineral - 0.8ha:
2015 Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée Blanc

Baudry's Croix Boissée Blanc is one of the most fascinating expressions of Chenin around.

Back Up The Truck: Vouvray Edition -
2014 François Pinon Vouvray Les Déronnières

By now, it’s clear that 2014 was one of the best vintages for the Loire of the past decade.

Loire Royalty, Stunning Vintage
2014 Huet Vouvray Le Mont and Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec

When you combine Huet’s great Chenins with a vintage like 2014, you get a home run.

An 11th Century Clos - 50 Cases Made:
2015 Roches Neuves Saumur Blanc Clos Romans

For us, Roches Neuves Clos Romans Blanc is one of the great expressions of Chenin.

Loire Elite - 2 Barrels Made
2015 Roches Neuves Saumur Blanc Clos de l’Échelier

Revue du Vin de France has awarded only two Loire domaines with its highest 3-star rating, Clos Rougeard and Roches Neuves. Lately, it's been impossible not to take notice of Roches Neuves. They've always been in the top echelon of the Loire, but things have really clicked in the past few vintages. 

Stand Alone Petillant: 2009 Huet Petillant Brut Reserve

Huet's Pétillants are some of our favorite sparkling wines. For us, it's one of the best wines outside of Champagne. When the 2009 Brut Reserve arrived, we were really eager to taste it.  We loved the 2009 regular Petillant and had high hopes. The '09 Pétillant Reserve didn't disappoint.

Chenin Royalty:
2015 Huet Vouvray Le Mont and Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec

Huet is one of France's most historic and iconic domaines. We've had so many profound old bottles that the domaine has become one of our absolute favorites. You'd struggle to find another Chenin producer with a track record as illustrious. 

Loire Royalty - Stand Alone Petillant:
2010 Huet Petillant

When it comes to sparkling wine outside Champagne, few wines are as coveted as Huet’s Petillant. Huet is a master of Chenin. Even his basic Petillant can rival sparkling wines at twice the price.

Dazzling Brézé: 2013 Guiberteau Saumur Blanc Brézé

Brézé is holy ground for Chenin Blanc. For many of us, this was made obvious by Clos Rougeard. But this is a truth that's been known for centuries. Brézé is one of the Loire's "Grand Crus."