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Chateau du Cléray Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2017

Muscadet sur Lie is a very particular Loire Valley style white wine from the melon de Bourgogne grape variety that is relatively inexpensive, but consistent in expression. This Muscadet has typical aromas of yeast, lees and yoghurt. The palate is dry, medium bodied and has high and zesty acidity. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good.…Continue readingChateau du Cléray Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2017

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Sauvion Les Roches Cachées Chinon 2016

This wine is textbook Chinon from the Loire Valley.  It has aromas of crisp red raspberries and strawberry, a medium body and a dry, high acid finish with a twist of tobacco.  A fresh and enjoyable style that is ready to drink now.  Rating: Good.  Price: $29. Abv: 12.5. Website: https://fr.sauvion.com/. Reviewed: May 2020.Continue readingSauvion Les Roches Cachées Chinon 2016

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Damien Pinon Tuffo Vouvray 2018

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Frédéric Mabileau St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil 2016

You don’t see many St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil Loire Valley wines in Australia. I spotted this one, a 100% cabernet franc, and it is a sound example of its style. In the glass, it has an aroma of blackcurrant and sour cherries. The palate has firm acidity and is ready to drink now. At $42, it presents as…Continue readingFrédéric Mabileau St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil 2016

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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…Continue readingDomaine Mollet-Maudry Sancerre Roc de l’Abbaye 2015

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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.…Continue readingFrançois Chidaine Touraine Sauvignon 2015

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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…Continue readingThierry Germain Cep by Cep Anjou Rouge 2015

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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…Continue readingThierry Germain Cep by Cep Anjou Chenin Blanc 2016

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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…Continue readingBernard Baudry Chinon Les Granges 2015

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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…Continue readingChateau de Coulaine Chinon 2015

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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,…Continue readingLe Rocher des Violettes Cabernet Franc 2014

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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…Continue readingFrancis Blanchet Calcite Pouilly Fumé 2014