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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.
2019 François Cotat Sancerre Caillottes
François Cotat produces some of the greatest expressions of Sancerre (and Sauvignon Blanc) in the world.
Noteworthy Loire - Unmediated Purity
2018 Domaine de Montrieux: Gaga de Toi Gamay & Picrochole Pineau d'Aunis
Domaine de Montrieux are wines that I want to drink often.
I admire their simplicity, their purity, and how they present a combination of unmediated honesty with a dose of sophistication and polish. When it comes to the Pineau d'Aunis bottlings, I'm in awe of how masterfully the grape is handled.
Loire Benchmark - Ideal Summer Sipper:
2018 Pepiere Muscadet de Sevre-et-Maine Clos des Briords
Year after year, Pepiere's Clos des Briords is our favorite Muscadet.
There's a beautiful honesty to Briords that causes us to buy it by the case every vintage. You might find more powerful and richer Muscadets, but Briords is unrivaled when it comes to luminous transparency and cut.
Clos Rougeard: 1989-2012
In the Loire, Clos Rougeard is without peer when it comes to refinement and ageability.
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.
The Outlier: 2018 François Cotat Sancerre Caillottes
Generally speaking, you'd summarize Cotat's wines as deep, layered, and rich. Caillottes turns this characterization on its head. We like to think of Caillottes as the outlier in Cotat's lineup. It's also deliciously compelling.
The Chambolle of the Loire:
2018 Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny Clos de l'Echelier
Clos de l'Echelier is a very special expression of Cabernet Franc, and the 2018 vintage elevated the wine to a stunning level. Roches Neuves's 2018s are formidable. The entire lineup is powerful, deep, and sculpted with nice precision and levity. There's impressive terroir imprint amid all the power.
Cotat Rarity - Very Limited:
2018 François Cotat VdF Rouge
This is one of the most mysterious, hardest to find wines around. We spent years searching for François Cotat's Rouge. After many years and lots of effort, we ended up with just a few cases.
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.
Loire's Grand Grolleau - 2016 Domaine Andrée l'Envolée
Domaine Andrée's l'Envolée turned what we thought about the Grolleau grape on its head. Crush has been open for fifteen years, and we've worked with less than a handful of Grolleau wines over that time. They were lovely, quaffing wines, but nothing that we'd highlight with an offer.
A Legend In Top Form:
2014 Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny Les Poyeux
Rougeard is, without a doubt, among the most aristocratic and longest-lived wines of the Loire. The wines possess depth, precision, and refinement that's without peer. Simply put, these are some of the great wines of the world.
Cotat Rarity: 2018 François Cotat Chavignol Rosé
The last time that we were able to offer François Cotat’s Rose was in 2015. This is one of the most compelling examples of what rosé wine is capable of, and that goes a long way to explain its cult following.
Ungrafted and Unparalleled: 2018 Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny:
Franc de Pied & Les Mémoires
These two wines are among the most complicated and fascinating that the Loire has to offer. Roches Neuves is one of the Loire's elite estates. The wines have a sophistication, harmony, and transparency that separates them from the pack.
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.
Loire Royalty: 2014 Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny Les Clos
Clos Rougeard isn't only one of the great wines of the Loire; it's one of the great wines of the world. Rougeard is, without a doubt, among the most aristocratic and longest-lived wines of the Loire.
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.