Pineau de la Loire, Clos du Tue-Boeuf
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Pineau de la Loire, Clos du Tue-Boeuf - 2021

Item # 47396 750mL
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Practicing Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

Tasting Notes

Pineau de la Loire is the historical name for Chenin Blanc, and has been grown in Touraine since the 15th Century. Whole cluster fermentation takes place in old oak tanks, and the wine ages in barrel on the lees. Medium-bodied, with lovely texture, stone fruit and lanolin aromas, this dry white is beguiling. Pair with a leek and cheese tart.

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Staff Pick Notes

Here’s a white that matches the season. The Pineau de la Loire (aka Chenin Blanc) by Clos du Tue-Boeuf is the type of wine that gives you a comforting feeling as the leaves change color, the days become shorter, and the chill hits the air. Warming aromas of whisky, honeysuckle, and apple pie appear on the nose. Flavors of almonds, baked apples, and white tea show on the palate. A backbone of brisk acidity gives the wine freshness and ageability. The brothers Puzelat have been renegade natural winemakers since the 90’s. If there is a grape that is grown in the Loire, they turn it into wine (9 varietals currently). The domaine is considered an inspiration to the second wave of natural vignerons in the Loire that happened in the 2000’s.

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Astor's Glossary of Terms


There’s a lot to remember when it comes to the Loire. Novices, take note: Cabernet Franc is a great alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscadet is unparalleled as a companion to shellfish, and Cour Cheverny is the best white wine appellation you’ve never heard of. As diverse as Loire wines are, one day soon you'll know your Melon de Bourgogne from your Romorantin.

Chenin Blanc

A versatile grape that is grown worldwide, but is most commonly associated with the Loire, California, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. It produces just about any type of wine you can think of: ageworthy dessert wines; delicious, honeyed dry whites; sparklers; and even bases for fortified wines and spirits. These days, one of the most exciting stories is in South Africa, where newly...

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