Sancerre Rosé is made from Pinot Noir grown in Kimmeridgian limestone soil—that great soil of Chablis fame—and the Neveu family’s interpretation is fine, floral, crisp, and bone-dry. It serves the apéritif role quite well.
The Boucard family produces this lovely Cabernet Franc rosé from the sandy soils around their home and winery in the central Loire. Pretty and elegant, with a taste of fresh peaches and nectarines, it is perfect for your summer table.
The Champalous make the finest sparkling wine in France outside of Champagne. Their secret? Pampered Chenin Blanc vines farmed in high-quality limestone soils and hand-riddled in their small family cellar. The talented Céline Champalou is pictured on the cover of this brochure, surveying and sharing her latest vinous exploits.
An unusual find here, made from the rare Sauvignon Gris grape and grown in Muscadet country near the Atlantic Ocean, this savory, spicy, dry white is a great accompaniment to herby and citrusy salads and dishes. Our sales whiz in San Diego, Kate MacWilliamson, recommends her local fish tacos with fresh radishes, cabbage, cilantro, and lime as the ultimate pairing, and she gets no argument from me!
Minet, now joined by his daughter Lucia, makes a pitch-perfect, pure Sauvignon Blanc from their chalky vineyards along the banks of the Loire River at Pouilly-sur-Loire. Chill it well, and serve it with a fresh baguette and goat cheese for the type of blissful local pairing that is still going strong hundreds of years on.
Chalky and citrusy, with lemon verbena and ripe oro blanco grapefruit, this racy, zesty Chenin Blanc from Saumur master Thierry Germain is a truly stunning example of the heights this grape can achieve. Aged to perfection in oval foudres in his cool limestone cellars then for several more years in bottle, this beauty is ready for prime time. Spectacular!
Catherine and Pierre Breton have handed the keys of their cellar in Bourgueil to their daughter France and her husband, Baptiste, who have made the entire family proud with this light-bodied, whole-cluster vinified, luscious Grolleau made for drinking cool. Épaulé-Jeté lives on!
The appellation of Saumur Champigny, like some of its easterly neighbors in the Touraine, is famed for its white tuffeau limestone along the banks of the Loire—dazzling cellars, châteaux built from their excavation, and, of course, wines. Its wines are red and made from Cabernet Franc, and Thierry has perfected the art of coaxing this grape’s soulfulness and elusive finesse into bottle. This most recently arrived vintage of his signature red is generous, thickly textured, and ready to impress at table.
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