IMG_7922

Apr
7

Domaine du Collier “La Charpentrie” Saumur Blanc 2012

Clos Rougeard was justifiably considered one of the greatest estates in France when run by the Foucault brothers (the Domaine has since been sold). Though a decade ago their wines

IMG_7028

Aug
20

Bernard Baudry Chinon Blanc “Le Crois Boissée” 2014

Though known for his Cabernet Franc, I might hazard a suggestion that this single vineyard Chinon Blanc is Baudry’s best wine (Matthieu Baudry runs the domain now that his father

IMG_6630

May
5

Clos Rougeard Saumur “Brézé” 2010

Known for their Cabernet Franc, Clos Rougeard is probably the cultiest and most reknowned producer in the Loire Valley. Prices now compare to a good bottle of Bordeaux. They are

IMG_6176

Jan
24

Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: Sadie Family Old Vine Series Skurfberg 2013

South Africa has built a brand for its Chenin Blanc, but very few have the interest and character of the magnificently old-vine Chenin from Swartland. Sadie’s Skurfberg is made with

IMG_5901

Dec
6

Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: A. A. Badenhorst White Wine 2010

Swartland has an unusual affinity for grapes. Reds prefer mediterranean varieties but whites succeed best with the distinctly South African blends of Chenin Blanc alongside a crazy mix of Rhone

IMG_5754

Nov
15

Domaine Huet ‘Le Haut-Lieu’ Vouvray Sec 1998

I’ve written enough about Huet before that I do not need to repeat the essentials (not to mention the sheer volume of material on the web). Sometimes it is nice

Nov
1

Domaine Jo Pithon “Les Pépinières” Anjou 2005

Sadly, Domaine Jo Pithon no longer exists. The reason is best explained through the unusual parallel between Domaine Jo Pithon and Domaine Huet. Both are top Loire Valley wineries with

Jan
6

Domaine Huet Le Mont demi-sec Vouvray 2011

I haven’t written about Domaine Huet much on this blog. That is an unfortunate oversight. I have been drinking wines from Huet for years, being the perfect accompaniment for many

Sep
17

Manoir Tete de la Rouge Chapitre Anjou 2009

It is an odd aesthetic pursuit that is both constrained and liberated by its inputs. The democratization of knowledge came with the printing press, a technology that enabled a nearly

Aug
1

Champalou Cuvee Moelleuse Vouvray 2003

Vouvray produces some of my favourite off-dry white wines of any region in the world. These vinous expressions are the pillowy counterpoint to the soaring wines of the Mosel. Equally