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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. Website: https://en.sauvion.com. Reviewed: June 2020.

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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.

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Damien Pinon Tuffo Vouvray 2018

This is a good Vouvray from Damien Pinon. White gold colour, it opens to aromas of lemon and orange rind. The palate has trademark chenin blanc rising acidity. The wine finishes dry but with a hint of residual sugar typical of Vouvray. Rating: Good. Abv: 14.0. Website: pinondamien.wixsite.com/vouvray. Reviewed: April 2020.

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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 modest value in the local market here, but if you enjoy this style of cabernet franc and favour seeing more of it, as I do in both cases, it’s worth a look. Rating: Acceptable to Good. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $42. Website: http://www.fredericmabileau.com.

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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 now, but can be drunk over the next couple of years.  Rating: Good. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $20s.

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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. Abv: N/A. Price: $20s.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 to Good, Drink: now, Tasted: August, 2017, Source: Sample)

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bernardbaudry.com

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2012
Good
2009
Good
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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 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)

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bonnaventure.wixsite.com/chateaudecoulaine

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