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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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2013 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. This expression of Sauvignon Blanc could only come from Sancerre. No other place on earth seems to be able to highlight so many of the grape's attractive qualities, balanced in such a seamless package. The nose exhibits textbook pink grapefruit and herb aromas which are tempered by stone fruit and honeysuckle. While the nose is brimming with fruit, the palate is dry and clean, with lime and limestone providing zip and structure. A terrific Sancerre and a great example of why these are among France's most popular white wines. - Dean Schlabowske, The Austin Wine Merchant.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

2013 Sancerre La Crêle THOMAS et Fils

Jean & Ginette THOMAS craft among our most favorite of the wines of Sancerre. Lovely, limpid, pale straw in color; fresh Sauvignon Blanc aromas that suggest perfectly ripe fruit harvested at its apogee of flavor and potency with suggestion of ripe melon, citrus and fine wildflower honey on a backdrop of cool rainwater on crumbled limestone; crisp and compelling on the tongue, with an almost palpable vibrant interplay of fruit and acidity; lots and lots of clean, delicious Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc flavor that just lasts and lasts and refreshes and refreshes...

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

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