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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]