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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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Savennières "Coulée de Serrant", N. Joly - 2009

White | France, Loire, Anjou and Saumur | (750 )mL
From Joly's monopole vineyard of schist and quartz, the 2009 Coulée de Serrant is particularly lush, oozing honeysuckle, beeswax, glycerin and fresh herbs.

Item #26529
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Chavignol "Monts Damnés" Sancerre, Pascal Cotat - 2013

White | France, Loire, Sancerre | (750 )mL
Pascal Cotat makes his Sancerre the old fashioned way- and the results are unparalleled. Of course if doesn't hurt that his vines are some of the oldest in the area. The wines are rich, dense, and mouthfilling with none of the lean character normally associated with appellation.

Item #12621
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Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine, Dom. de la Pepière - 2013

White | France, Loire, Nantes | (750 )mL
This practicing organic estate comes with a well-rounded & refeshing Muscadet with vibrant minerality. Perfect for oysters, light poultry or vegetable dishes.

Item #21384
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Anjou Rouge, Mosse - 2012

Red | France, Loire | (750 )mL
A red Loire blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Very nice fruit, dark mixed berries, and tangy minerality from the schistous soils. Very structured, yet very accessible. This is a fresh, clean, terroir-driven red wine to enjoy any time. Organic and unfiltered.

Item #11385
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Vouvray Sec “La Dilettante”, Pierre Breton - 2012

White | France, Loire, Touraine | (750 )mL
Lime citrus and lychee fruit lend a thirst-quenching quality to this 100% Chenin Blanc. It is hard to beat as an opener to a meal, or when served along shellfish and salads.

Item #24500
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Bourgueil "Nuits d'Ivresse", Pierre Breton - 2011

Red | France, Loire, Touraine | (750 )mL
An assemblage from his best parcels, this is Pierre's most ambitious wine. Always striving for absolute purity of fruit in this wine. He has achieved a stunning result.

Item #11659
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Savennières "Cuvée Speciale, Ch. d'Épiré - 2012

White | France, Loire, Anjou and Saumur | (750 )mL
Chenin Blanc redolent of lanolin, pollen, ripe pear and quince over a base of wet stones. The richness in the mouth is cut but the rapier like acidity and the fruit is contrasted nicely by the crisp mineral notes.

Item #15303
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