LATEST LOIRE VALLEY links:
Muscadet: Guilbaud Frères (August 2015)
Domaine des Forges Quarts de Chaume 2007 ("sweetie of the mo" May 2014)
Click on the title above to find my dozen favourite reds and rosés!
|Silex photo © Benoit Roumet|
Centre-Loire: 'Silex tasting' (click there - May 2012)
Menetou-Salon - Pouilly-Fumé - Sancerre
"Silex? Sounds like a distant planet in an implausible sci-fi movie, but silex actually comes from the Latin for a kind of hard flint, although it can also mean silica in modern English according to Wikipedia. Anyway, this wasn't a rock-sucking tasting but of ten 2010 vintage whites from the Menetou-Salon, Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre regions in the central Loire Valley, where in places this type of soil crops up mixed with clay. Well, do these wines really taste 'flinty'?..." Click on the title above for more words and my top ten Sauvignon blancs!
Loire Valley: 'old' Sancerre (click there - January 2013)
Vertical tasting 2005 to 1996...
"Not a spotlight on cobwebbed-infested bottles of the Centre-Loire Valley's best-known dry white wine, but an intriguing vertical tasting of Sancerre ranging from a youthful seven to brooding sixteen years old (and juxtaposing a variety of very different vintages). You wouldn't usually expect anyone to talk about Sauvignon blanc wines and bottle age in the same sentence, but it just goes to show what a surprising variety Sauvignon can be..."
Click on the title above to read more about this extraordinary tasting inc. notes on 10 surprising wines (in more sense than one)!