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Variety Pack: The Many Faces of the Loire

It’s the dead of winter, which, to us, means time for seafood stews, oyster platters, shellfish towers, and winter whites. With the need for a little cold weather encouragement, we’re gravitating toward France’s Loire Valley, where the famous wines of Pouilly Fumé, Muscadet, and Sancerre are sure to bring cheer. White wines dominate in this slice of France, but variety is truly the name of this game. From the region’s traditional white grapes—Melon de Bourgogne, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc—to the more obscure—Grolleau Gris, Romorantin, and Gros Plant—the Loire is anything but obvious when it comes to a palette of wine-drinking choices. That means that there’s something for everyone, from collectibles for the oenophile to quaffables for the everyday consumer. Like any true diverse wine region, the Loire should not be pigeonholed as solely the drinking destination of the white wine-obsessed. Reds flourish here, too. The Cabernet Francs of Chinon and Bourgeuil are graceful, cellar-worthy expressions, while the Pinot Noirs of Sancerre Rouge are the perfect companions to lighter winter fare. Pineau d’Aunis and Gamay make strong arguments for varietal diversity, for the otherwise uninitiated. Unparalleled variety: That’s what defines the Loire Valley.

 
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Muscadet, Dom. du Montru - 2013

White | France, Loire, Nantes | (750 )mL
Expressive and harmonious, this layered Muscadet combines apple and citrus on the nose. Persistent notes of fennel and lemon on the palate are gracefully textured. Pair classically with oysters from any coast or seafood carpaccio. Or enjoy for simple refreshment by itself.

Item #25427
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Sancerre, Dom. Buissonnes - 2013

White | France, Loire, Sancerre | (750 )mL
From a family run estate located in the village of Sury en Vaux. Extended lees contact yields a great style of smoky Sancerre that's mineral driven, floral and bone dry on the finish making it a marvelous match to fresh oysters.

Item #20688
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Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine "Monnières-Saint Fiacre," Ch. la Gravelle - 2009

White | France, Loire, Nantes | (750 )mL
Monnières-Saint Fiacre is one of four crus in the Muscadet appellation and has a stricter regulation. This is a fuller and rounder style of Muscadet due to extended aging on its lees. This powerful and intense wine is filled with apple, flint, and brioche and is great to pair with roasted chicken or with grilled salmon.

Item #31425
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Sancerre "Apud Sariacum", Raimbault - 2013

White | France, Loire, Sancerre | (750 )mL
Philippe Raimbault is a one-man show and a tiny showcase of wines from Sancerre. This Sauvignon Blanc is a classic with racy minerals and white fruits dominating the aromas.

Item #23133
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Anjou Blanc "Alexine," Dom. Leduc-Frouin - 2010

White | France, Loire, Anjou and Saumur | (750 )mL
A savory palate of peaches, grapefruit, and honey presents on this creamy textured Chenin Blanc. A perfect selection for scallops and fish, especially in classic sauces, or with an adventurous gourmet cheese course.

Item #29424
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Vouvray, Champalou - 2013

White | France, Loire, Touraine | (750 )mL
This is technically a dry Vouvray, but it has a hint of incredibly pleasing sweetness. The nose offers classic notes of raw honey, apple, and quince that carry through to the palate. Here is an extremely elegant example of Chenin Blanc that will be at home on its own and also at the table.

Item #21777
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Chinon “Les Terrasses”, Lambert - 2012

Red | France, Loire, Touraine | (750 )mL
This 100% Cabernet Franc from calcareous-clay soils describes its terroir, displaying a wild musky nose. Serve with a slight chill (at cellar temperature) and drink young!

Item #24786
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Coteaux du Loir Blanc, Pascal Janvier - 2013

White | France, Loire | (750 )mL
The Coteaux du Loir is a tributary of the Loire river. It's the most northerly vine growing area of the Loire Valley. This is Chenin Blanc from clay soils. The palate is honeyed, dry yet mineraled. Drink lightly chilled alongside any smoked or cured fish.

Item #31041
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Grolleau "Le Gué de Mûriers," Dom. Mirebeau - 2012

Red | France, Loire, Anjou and Saumur | (750 )mL
There is a depth of personality on this tasty Grolleau. Tart currants, foresty undergrowth, and mineraled structure dominate. Great for stews of game or pork, lamb, or chicken.

Item #28529
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Saumur-Champigny, Ch. Yvonne - 2010

Red | France, Loire, Anjou and Saumur | (750 )mL
A structured, noble classic, this Cabernet Franc, this is a serious wine. Stones, crushed red berries, pomegrante and smoke all combine on a well structured, but supple palate. An ageworthy, fancy dinner worthy wine. Try with roasted meats, venison, mushroons and stews.

Item #29409
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