Tag: Loire Valley

Domaine Mollet-Maudry Sancerre Roc de l’Abbaye 2015

This is a very pleasant sauvignon blanc from Domaine Mollet-Maudry in Sancerre in the Loire Valley.  A yellow gold in colour, it opens to aromas of grass, herbs and minerals.  The palate has high acidity, a medium to full body and is racy, but not austere in bearing.   This wine is ready to drink now, but can be drunk over the next couple of years.  Rating: Good. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $20s.

François Chidaine Touraine Sauvignon 2015

I wasn’t entirely convinced by this sauvignon blanc from François Chidaine in Touraine. It opens to a typically sauvignon blanc tropical aroma, but overlaid with a green streak. The palate is medium bodied with a bitter edge.  Neither Sancerre, nor NZ in styling, it presented as an amalgam of the two.  Rating: Acceptable to Good. Abv: N/A. Price: $20s.

Thierry Germain Cep by Cep Anjou Rouge 2015

A second wine review from Thierry Germain Cep by Cep in the Loire Valley. This wine is an Anjou rouge, which is an organically tended 100% cabernet franc. Alas, the words “cabernet franc” do not appear on the front label like Thierry Germain’s chenin blanc.  I have not found this style of cabernet franc being made in Australia.  The 2015 vintage tasted here is all raspberries, strawberries, medium bodied and with a crisp smokey/twiggy fruit overlay.  This is recommended and lovely current drinking and a typical expression of Loire cab franc.  The vintage shown on the label photo is the 2014 vintage.  Rating: Good. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $30.

Thierry Germain Cep by Cep Anjou Chenin Blanc 2016

This is a delicious Anjou blanc from Thierry Germain in the Loire Valley. The label is simple too – “Anjou blanc” needs to be at least 80% chenin blanc and many French producers leave it at the former regional description. This label helpfully states that’s what’s in it – i.e. chenin blanc. It has aromas of lemon, wool and yeast. The palate is very refreshing with high acidity and a yellow grapefruit expression. It calls out for seafood. Rating: Good. Abv: 12%. Price: $28.

Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Granges 2015

Bernard Baudry’s “Les Granges” Chinon is a wine I have returned to over the years.  The 2015 vintage has aromas of leather and tobacco.  The palate is light to medium bodied with an elegant expression, if lacking in complexity.  Slightly disappointing, it seems a little dilute this year.  (Region: Chinon, Loire Valley, France, Rating: Acceptable to Good, Drink: now, Tasted: August, 2017, Source: Sample)

Read more:
bernardbaudry.com

Other vintages reviewed:

Vintage Rating Review
2012
Good
2009
Good

Chateau de Coulaine Chinon 2015

Happily, producers such as Punt Road in the Yarra Valley are starting to produce delicious medium bodied cabernet franc styles without too much oak in the style of Chinon in the Loire Valley in France.  Both Chinon and these new wave Australian styles are still not easy however to find on Australian shores.  I spotted this Chinon wine locally from organic producer Chateau de Coulaine and it’s a delicious one.  All chalk, medium bodied and fresh finishing, it does what Chinon does well, namely providing for thirsty drinking.  (Region: Chinon, Loire Valley, France, Rating: Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? Yes, Drink: now to 2022, Tasted: April, 2017)

Read more:
bonnaventure.wixsite.com/chateaudecoulaine

Other vintages reviewed: 

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Le Rocher des Violettes Cabernet Franc 2014

I see few Touraines locally, but it’s the most important of the Loire wine regions and is a catch all appellation, taking in Bourgueil, Chinona and Vouvray among others.  This one’s a cabernet franc from Le Rocher des Violettes.  It’s an honourable effort, with a lighter bodied note and tobacco and raspberry overtones.  (Region: Touraine, Loire Valley, France, Rating: Acceptable to Good, Drink: now, Tasted: Mar, 2017)

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http://www.lerocherdesviolettes.com

Other vintages reviewed: 

Nil

Francis Blanchet Calcite Pouilly Fumé 2014

April is a beautiful month in Melbourne; calm, the worst of the summer heat is gone and the cold is rousing but not yet threatening.  Perfect for sitting outside and tasting some whites.  This white is from Francis Blanchet in Pouilly Fumé, and I’ve previously enjoyed the 2012 (reviewed here).  Pouilly Fumé is one of the Loire Valley’s most famous appellations, producing white wines from sauvignon blanc with aromatics that are said to be flinty (thus the name fumé).  The 2014 vintage has aromatics of lemons, stones and, yes, some flintiness.  The palate is crisp and smart, with yellow grapefruit characters and good balance.  Another good release from this producer.

Rating: Good to Very Good
Abv: 13%
Price: $39.50 ($35.55 in a dozen)
Source: sample
Vendors and website: http://bordeauxandbeyond.com
Tasted: 2016

Villebois Sauvignon Blanc Val de Loire 2014

This is a fresh and light sauvignon blanc from the Loire Valley and the appellation of Touraine.  Touraine is the most important of the Loire Valley wine regions, and the appellation labelled as such covers some 3,600 hectares under vine and a large variety of soils.  White Touraine is most important here, and must be made substantially from sauvignon blanc.  This wine from Domaine Villebois is a 100% sauvignon blanc.  Its alcohol is only 11.5% abv, but it manages to pack a lot of flavour in.  It has aromatics of gooseberry, florals and lemon.  The palate is fresh, clean and has good length on the finish.  Bottled under screwcap.

Rating: Good
Abv: 11.5%
Price: $38.90
Source: sample
Vendors and website: http://discovervin.com.au
Tasted: 2016

Domaine Villebois Sancerre 2014

Buy up this Sancerre if you are able, as it is simply delicious drinking.  From Domaine Villebois in Sancerre (sauvignon blanc territory), it has aromatics of stones, lime, lemon and grass.  The palate is bone dry, with a fresh petillance and terrific balance.  An excellent find (and bottled under screwcap too).

Rating: Very Good
Abv: 12.5%
Price: $55
Source: sample
Vendors and website: http://discovervin.com.au
Tasted: 2016