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Loire Valley Sampler

12-Bottle Pack

$234.00 $311.90
$234.00 $311.90
$234.00 $311.90
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It is tempting to say that this is a “discovery” sampler: “Introduce yourself to the Loire” or something like that. But how could that be true? We’ve imported wines from some of these producers for nearly four decades—certainly introductions are no longer necessary. Gone are the days when sommeliers turned up their noses at Chinon or when our retail clients found Savennières too subtle or austere. Loire Valley wines may no longer be a novelty, but the region’s value is appreciated now more than ever.

Faithful, open-minded clients have kept us in the Loire Valley wine business for years. As a sort of tribute to those of you who have supported and enjoyed these wines, we’ve assembled a diverse collection from across the Loire. Note the classics: Chinon from Joguet, Savennières from Epiré, Vouvray from Champalou. To dig a little deeper, we’ve included a single-vineyard Muscadet, a Sancerre rouge (made from Pinot Noir), and a rare Pinot Gris bottling from the village of Reuilly. Most of you must already be aware of the pleasure these wines deliver and the bountiful character that the Loire has to offer. Newcomers, you are in for a treat—at a discount! –Kermit Lynch


2014 Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu Sur Lie “La Noë” • Éric Chevalier $17.95 per bottle
2014 Vouvray • Champalou 19.95
2014 Quincy • Domaine Trotereau 20.00
2014 Pouilly Fumé “Vieilles Vignes” • Régis Minet 24.00
2014 Sancerre “Clos des Bouffants” • Roger Neveu 24.00
2013 Savennières “Cuvée Spéciale” • Château d’Epiré 30.00
2014 Reuilly Pinot Gris Rosé • Domaine de Reuilly 20.00
2012 Bourgueil “Cuvée Beauvais” • Chanteleuserie 18.00
2013 Chinon • Bernard Baudry 25.00
2013 Sancerre Rouge • Hippolyte Reverdy 27.00
2013 Bourgueil “Nuits d’Ivresse” • C. & P. Breton 34.00
2012 Chinon “Clos de la Dioterie” • Charles Joguet  52.00

Normally $311.90
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$234.00
(a 25% discount)
$234.00 $311.90
$234.00 $311.90
$234.00 $311.90
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Technical Information
Wine Type: sampler
Country: France

Normally $311.90
SPECIAL SAMPLER PRICE $234.00

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About The Region

Loire

map of Loire

The defining feature of the Loire Valley, not surprisingly, is the Loire River. As the longest river in France, spanning more than 600 miles, this river connects seemingly disparate wine regions. Why else would Sancerre, with its Kimmeridgian limestone terroir be connected to Muscadet, an appellation that is 250 miles away?

Secondary in relevance to the historical, climatic, environmental, and cultural importance of the river are the wines and châteaux of the Jardin de la France. The kings and nobility of France built many hundreds of châteaux in the Loire but wine preceded the arrival of the noblesse and has since out-lived them as well.

Diversity abounds in the Loire. The aforementioned Kimmderidgian limestone of Sancerre is also found in Chablis. Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur boast the presence of tuffeau, a type of limestone unique to the Loire that has a yellowish tinge and a chalky texture. Savennières has schist, while Muscadet has volcanic, granite, and serpentinite based soils. In addition to geologic diversity, many, grape varieties are grown there too: Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Melon de Bourgogne are most prevalent, but (to name a few) Pinot Gris, Grolleau, Pinot Noir, Pineau d’Aunis, and Folle Blanche are also planted. These myriad of viticultural influences leads to the high quality production of every type of wine: red, white, rosé, sparkling, and dessert.

Like the Rhône and Provence, some of Kermit’s first imports came from the Loire, most notably the wines of Charles Joguet and Château d’Epiré—two producers who are featured in Kermit’s book Adventures on the Wine Route and with whom we still work today.

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