Winery of the Month
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!
Claude-Michel Chevillardiere Muscadet Sèvre et Maine
Regular $14.99 – Special $9.99
This Muscadet is a light-bodied, dry white wine made from Melon de Bourgogne grapes that impart lemon, lime, green apple and pear flavors. This highly popular wine, known for its mineral and salty characteristics, is meant to be consumed young. It pairs well with seafood, and of course, the classic match, oysters.
Olivier Foucher Menetou Salon
Regular $19.99 – Special $16.99
Domaine Olivier Foucher is a small, 24 acre farm located along the slopes of the town of Morogues in the Menetou-Salon appellation of the Loire Valley. Light lemon in color, the wine has a delicate floral scent, with a touch of lime zest and tangerine on the nose. The palate is full of white-fleshed fruits — particularly peach and pear — that blend with more exotic, softer notes of grapefruit and papaya. Wave after wave of mouth-puckering acidity and a mineral-packed finish will keep you coming back for more! Perhaps the most impressive feature of the wine is its impeccable balance of flavor intensity, structural tension and length: everything is where it should be, making this Sauvignon Blanc almost too easy to drink. This is an exceptional seafood wine — think oysters, scallops, smoked trout, shellfish — but it is also perfect for a salad of fresh greens with apples, goat cheese and walnuts.
Domaine Champeau Pouilly Fume
Regular $21.99 – Special $14.99
Extraordinarily elegant, when young this wine possesses aromas of fruits (pineapple, citrus, peach) and mineral tones. After 1 or 2 years the aromas refine and become more and more marked by the minerality of the terroir. On the palate, Les Cris is powerful, well-structured and very rich. Excellent balance is achieved due to the perfect ripeness of the grapes at harvest.
Best served with fish, especially fish in sauce (goatfish, pickerel, pike, etc.). It’s also a fine accompaniment to an assortment of cured meats, and of course a natural companion with fine goat cheese.
Anthony Girard Sancerre Blanc
Regular $26.99 – Special $19.99
Sancerre, the Sauvignon Blanc wine which is often referred to as “The Ultimate French Sauvignon Blanc.” Sancerre offers zesty citrus, lime and grapefruit, gooseberry, green apple and pear fruit and herbaceousness that can range from thyme to chamomile to grass depending on where it’s grown and seasonal weather. Fresh and tightly structured, this wine has intense, ripe fruitiness as well as more open white fruit flavors. It displays tight texture and tangy crispness.
Domaine Leduc-Frouin Anjou
Regular $24.99 – Special $18.99
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!
Anthony Girard Sancerre Rouge
Regular $29.99 – Special $22.99
This 100% Pinot Noir has a definite cock towards Red Burgundy, elegant and layered, but approachable at an early stage. This Sancerre Rouge is 100% Pinot Noir; elegant and subtle, it has bright fruit, soft tannins, and crisp yet balanced acidity. Fruity, red fruits, currants. Silky attack with peppery notes, gooseberries and cloves with a pleasant nod of fresh strawberries on the finish.