I have never asked vignerons outside of the Loire Valley how they feel about the region, but I imagine many of them look upon winemakers there with envy: given its breadth of territory and depth of talent, the Loire combines some of the best aspects of every other wine region into one. To start, it produces Cabernet Francs and Chenin Blancs that showcase the seriousness and age-worthiness of reds and whites made in Burgundy and the Rhône Valley. Many teem with the down-home soul of wines made in the south of France. The region boasts Alsace’s wide range of styles as well as the potential to make sparkling wines that reach the heights of many Champagnes. Some of the most talented Loire Valley vignerons—and their wines—share the joie de vivre of their peers in the Beaujolais or the experimental spirit of the Jura’s tinkerers. As you’ll taste in this sampler, in which no cuvée is quite like the next, the Loire Valley is home to some of France’s greatest and most diverse wines.
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Vouvray Brut “Dilettante” • Catherine et Pierre Breton $31.00 2019 Bourgueil Rosé • Domaine de la Chanteleuserie $17.00 2019 Reuilly Pinot Gris • Domaine de Reuilly $22.00 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine “Réserve” • Domaine Michel Brégeon $35.00 2019 Sancerre • Daniel Chotard $30.00 2017 Quincy • Domaine Trotereau $22.00 2019 Vouvray “Les Fondraux” • Champalou $26.00 2019 Bourgueil “Cuvée Alouettes” • Domaine de la Chanteleuserie $18.00 2018 Bourgueil “Trinch!” • Catherine et Pierre Breton $30.00 2019 Val de Loire Rouge Grolleau • Catherine et Pierre Breton $29.00 2018 Chinon “Le Domaine” • Bernard Baudry $29.00 2016 Chinon “Clos du Chêne Vert” • Charles Joguet $66.00
Vintage Chart Mentality
Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch
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