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The Loire river flows some thousand miles from its source in springs on Mont Gerbier de Jonc in the Ardèche, northward through Orléans, then westward across the center of France through Tours and on to the Atlantic Ocean. The Loire Valley is known as "the garden of France" and is home to some of the most prized of vineyards on the planet for Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc, then closer to the Atlantic, the Melon de Bourgogne of Muscadet.

 
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2011 Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur Lie Domaine de La Quilla
Produced from some 25 hectares of vines owned by Gérard and Daniel Vinet, located in the village of La Haye-Fouassière near Nantes, within the département of the Loire-Atlantique and within the region known as Sèvre et Maine, an area that lies between these two tributaries that flow northward to the river Loire. The wine is produced entirely from the Mélon de Bourgogne grape, also known as Muscadet. The fruit is hand-harvested, generally beginning in early September. The wine is kept on its lees and bottled in the spring following harvest. Ultra fresh, cool aromas suggest fresh green grapes grown on the mineral soils of schists, mica schists, gneiss and metamorphic amphibolites and under the influence of the nearby Atlantic Ocean; lively, almost pétillant on the tongue, with a most refreshing crisp almost crunchy saline mineral intensity of flavor. An ideal companion to shellfish and most all lighter fare that calls for dry white wine and a brilliant foil for our late spring to early summer heat. And all at a price that, in our estimation, places this among the very best values of them all in dry white wine.
$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case

2011 Sancerre Les Godons Philippe RAIMBAULT 2011 Sancerre Les Godons Philippe RAIMBAULT
The vineyard of Les Godons forms a natural ampitheatre with steep sides, protected from the wind and well-exposed to the sunlight. Formerly the property of Château de la Bucède, it was purchased by Lucien Raimbault, grandfather of Philippe, in 1946. The underground cellars of Domaine Philippe Raimbault are located at the foot of this slope in the village of Sury-en-Vaux. Philippe Raimbault points out that the soils of Sancerre are part of a geological stratum formed during the secondary era of the Jurassic period and that fossils of sea creatures more than 130 million years old are still discovered in the vineyards here. The wine is a delight, with fresh springtime aromas conjur myriad suggestion of pamplemousse (the ripe, ruby red kind), melon, apricot, honeysuckle, cerfeuil and wine-soaked limestone; just plump, ripe and round, almost spherical on the tongue with at once a delicate and generous juicy fresh fruit flavor balanced with a hint of stone and sea-salty salinity on the finish.
$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case


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