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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 Domaine des Corbillières Touraine Sauvignon 2013 Domaine des Corbillières Touraine Sauvignon
The Domaine des Corbillières is a 20-hectare estate located in the town of Oisly, about 30 kilometers east of the city of Tours in the Loire River Valley. It was three generations ago that Fabel Barbou planted his first Sauvignon Blanc, introducing the varietal in this central Loire appellation. The vines are today quite old and low-yielding. The wines nowadays are made with great care and passion by Fabel’s great-grandson, Dominique Barbou. Luminious bright green-gold in the glass; high-toned and fresh aromas of citrus, ripe melon, lemongrass; vibrant and alive on the tongue, almost 'electric' as our friend and importer Bobby Kacher likes to say. And always among the absolute best values available in high-quality Sauvignon Blanc.
$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case

2012 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

2012 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 conjuring myriad suggestion of pamplemousse (the ripe, ruby red kind), melon, apricot, honeysuckle, cerfeuil and cool 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 fleur de sel salinity on the finish.
$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case


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