Winery of the Month
September Wine REgion of the Month:
The Loire valley, the Garden of France
The Loire Valley is known as the Garden of France and the Cradle of the French Language. You can add that these remarkably vibrant and exciting wines represent some of the best values on the planet. The historical lure of the Loire Valley itself is shrouded in mystery, legend and of course, vines. The landscape of the Loire Valley and its many cultural icons are a direct creation of the Renaissance and the Age of the Enlightenment, which has seeped into our own on mythology and cultural ideals. What the Loire Valley also exudes are its bountiful châteaux, numbering more than three hundred. These castle fortifications began construction in the 10th century when the French kings needed to consolidate their power base, including the first king of France, King Francois I. The presence of nobility in this lush, fertile valley began attracting the very best landscape designers to augment these great chateaux, as well as encompassing the historic towns and villages, and of course, the vineyards. So take a brief sojourn back in time to the grand knights and ladies of the court while quaffing the incredibly scintillating whites and bright, bold reds of the Loire Valley. A la sante!
Domaine des Quatre Routes Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur Lie
Suggested Retail $13.99 – WOTM Special $11.99
A palate of apple and citrus are highlighted by lovely acidity and a soft, enticing finish. Muscadet is not only the ideal choice for fresh oysters, but dishes like sautéed scallops or brook trout with beurre blanc sauce. And if you’re really adventurous, this white beauty is also exceptionally delicious with BBQ pulled pork and fried chicken, as it cuts through the fatty texture on the palate.
Domaine la Clef du Récit Sancerre
Suggested Retail $24.99 – WOTM Special $19.99
A fresh and vibrant mouth feel with delicious peach and biscuit aromas. Stunning minerality lifts up the wine and creates a perfect harmony between the fruit and the wine’s flinty edge. Deep and polished, this is what a white Sancerre should taste like. Works with soft and hard cheeses, grilled trout, pork chops and green salads.100% Sauvignon Blanc.
Chateau Moncontour Vouvray
Suggested Retail $19.99 WOTM Special $16.99
From one of the Loire valley’s oldest estates comes this dry Chenin Blanc – Vouvray is loved for its delicate floral aromas and boisterous taste that will pucker your lips and make you immediately wish for another sip. The aromas are moderately intense, delivering flavors of pear, honeysuckle, quince, and green apple. Often, Vouvrays will also display subtle notes of ginger and beeswax. The acidity is intense, cutting through the apple fruit and almond flavors for a divine finish.
Domaine la Clef du Recit Rouge
Suggested Retail $27.99 WOTM Special $23.99
Made from 100% Pinot Noir, this full bodied, very Burgundian-like red offers a plethora of black fruit aromas and elegant structure with nuances of cherries and plum. Savory and spicy characters aligned to pure red cherry and bramble fruit fill out the pleasurable mouth feel. Drinks delightfully on its own or with chicken, veal or seafood dishes, as well as mushroom-based recipes.
Domaine de L’R Le Canal des Grands Pièces Chinon
Suggested Retail $19.99 WOTM Special $17.99
The king of Chinon wines is Cabernet Franc. It is a grape variety commonly used in Bordeaux for tannins, and therefore the structure it brings. The Canal des Grandes Pièces gives a delicious expression on your palate, yet remains fresh and buoyantly fruity. Powerful nose with notes of raspberry and cherry. Round and charming in the mouth with abundant tannins that are never bitter or astringent on the finish. 45-65 year old vines.
Domaine Leduc-Frouin Anjou La Seigneurie Rouge
Suggested Retail $22.99 WOTM Special $19.99
Pure Loire Valley Cabernet Franc characteristics on the nose – fresh cherries, moss covered river rocks, green foliage, a touch of black pepper – very cohesive, fresh and inviting. The palate is medium bodied with wonderful balance of red and black fruit, beautiful acidity and tannins that makes this red the perfect foil for grilled meats and veggies, hearty cheeses or enjoy a glass while cooking!