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2020 Sancerre Patrick Noël

2020 Sancerre Patrick Noël

The domaine was created in 1988 by Patrick Noël in his native village of Saint-Satur at the foot of the iconic hill of Sancerre. Patrick is descended from more than three centuries of vignerons, all from the village of Chavignol. Historically, in the Noël family, the vines have always been transmitted from mothers to daughters. Patrick is an exception to this rule, but his daughter Julie, by choosing to take over the wine heritage in her turn, is part of a long matriarchal line. Today the domain farms over fifty plots totaling 18 ha in the appellations of Sancerre, Menetou-Salon, and Pouilly-Fumé. In Sancerre, their parcels are on three terroirs, Les Bouffants, la Côte des Monts Damnés, and l’Orme au Loup. The cellar was built within the 14th-century monastery vineyards of the Abbey of Saint-Satur, buried in the hillside where they work exclusively by gravity, overlooking the entire Loire Valley with breathtaking views of Sancerre. The domaine bottles only estate fruit, fermented exclusively with native, indigenous yeasts. They have also implemented the certification of their plots through a new ecological farming certification program in France known as Haute Valeur Environnementale. Their Sancerre is just superb: luminous yellow gold in color with glints of silver and aromas suggesting cool ripe melon, mirabelle plum, a summer's rain-moistened limestone (Glenn noted lime and lime flower, too; this is, of course, what ripe Sauvignon Blanc smells like when grown in its favored Kimmeridgian soils in a warm vintage); gently rich, ample, yet graceful (Henry noted a feeling of "weightlessness") on the palate, with vibrancy and intensity of flavor that one might expect from the finest of white Burgundies, but, hey, this is Sancerre, Paris' favorite bistro white wine, and ever so approachable, delicious and quaffable, even if it is, as in this case, so seriously good.

$32.50 the bottle  $331.56 the case



2020 Sancerre Les Baronnes Henri Bourgeois

2020 Sancerre Les Baronnes Henri Bourgeois

Produce of 100% Sauvignon Blanc planted to the argilo-calcaire (clay/limestone) soils of the hills and ridges between the villages of Chavignol and Sancerre. Domaine Henri Bourgeois have been producing wine here for 10 generations. And their Sancerre «Les Baronnes» is, in our humble estimation, a shining example of textbook Sancerre: vivid yellow gold in color with emerald green reflections; aromas suggestive of citrus and cool ripe melon and the ever Kimmeridgian clay/limestone underpinnings (one can almost smell the refreshment to come); poised on the palate, holding shape while delivering a nice wallop of vibrant fresh, crisp, mouthwateringly minérale Sancerrois Sauvignon Blanc flavor.

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case



2020 Coteaux du Vendômois Pineau d'Aunis Rosé Le Vert Galant Famille Bourgeois

2020 Coteaux du Vendômois Pineau d'Aunis Rosé Le Vert Galant Famille Bourgeois

During the battle of the city of Vendôme in 1590, King Henri IV fell in love with the local wine here. A known bon vivant, he was nicknamed Le Vert Galant. The Coteaux du Vendômois vineyards lie in the Loir and Cher département in the Loire Valley to the northwest of Blois and west of Orléans. While this is a relatively new project for Famille Bourgeois of Sancerre, it is, in our estimation, already showing good result. Produce of Pineau d'Aunis an ancient Loire Valley grape variety which, despite the name and except for the pine cone-shaped clusters, is unrelated to Pinot Noir. Delicate and fresh in aroma with subtle hint of wild strawberry and cherry blossom; cool and crisp on the tongue with surprising intensity of flavor and a pleasingly tart, taut fruit character and flavor that lasts and refreshes.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2019 Sancerre Le Pierrier Domaine Thomas et Fils

2019 Sancerre Le Pierrier Domaine Thomas et Fils

The Thomas family have been growing grapes and making wine in Sancerre since 1670. Today, Julien represents the 13th generation to run the domaine, farming 16 hectares (39 acres) of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir based out of the hamlet of Verdigny. Julien has recently taken the helm at the estate. He has instituted biodynamic principals with vineyard work now according to the lunar cycle. Some of the more venerable among our discerning clientèle may remember their superb Sancerre Clos de La Crêle when it was imported by Bobby Kacher. The wines remain superb. Produce of 100% Sauvignon Blanc from on average 25 year-old vines cultivated on soils of limestone and Kimmeridgian dark marl with layers of fossilized seashells, their Sancerre Le Pierrier initially reflects more the soils than just the grape; then there are suggestions of yellow plum, fresh chervil or fennel, gentian flower, flesh of green apple and limestone awash in gentle summer rainfall; just ample on entry, just rounded in texture, then shows a lovely vibrancy on the tongue with a fresh intensity of flavor that lasts and lasts and so stimulates the salivary glands; really lovely example of perhaps our discerning clientèle's favorite source for Sauvignon Blanc — Sancerre.

$26.25 the bottle  $267.72 the case



2020 Domaine des Corbillières Touraine Sauvignon

2020 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. Luminous bright green-gold in the glass; high-toned, ultra-fresh aromas of citrus, ripe melon, lemongrass; vibrant and alive on the tongue, almost électrique as its former importer, Mr. Bobby Kacher, would say. Domaine des Corbillières Touraine remains a completely and totally refreshingly crisp, nervy, delicious dry white wine. And always among the absolute best values available in high-quality Sauvignon Blanc, from anywhere on the planet.

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case



Vouvray Brut Domaine d'Orfeuilles

Vouvray Brut Domaine d'Orfeuilles

The Loire Valley is also known as the garden of France. For those of us keen on the best in bubbles but not always wanting to spend the bucks for Champagne, the Loire Valley also represents among the best places to seek high quality suds. Domaine d'Orfeuilles Vouvray Brut is a luminous yellow-gold with reflections of silver in color with a bevy of fine persistent bubbles; classic aromas suggestive of toast, brioche, citrus preserve and freshly dew-moistened chalky limestone; at once vivid and crisp and full and round on the tongue, with depth and length of flavor that belies its friendly price.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case


All bottles are 750ml in size and all cases are of 12/750ml bottles unless otherwise indicated. All orders subject to confirmation. All wines subject to prior sale.


More Loire Valley White Wine

Pack Size Vintage Producer Key Producer Description Bottle
12 750 2020 Raffault, Jean-Maurice Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon Blanc $17.50
12 750 2018 Vinet, Laurence et Gérard Laurence et Gérard Vinet Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Domaine de La Quilla $11.99
12 750 2019 Favray, Château Château Favray Pouilly-Fumé $19.99
12 750 2019 Pabiot et Fils, Jean Jean Pabiot et Fils Pouilly-Fumé Domaine des Fines Caillottes $22.50
12 750 2020 Minet, Régis Régis Minet Pouilly-Fumé Vieilles Vignes $27.50
12 750 2019 Minet, Régis Régis Minet Pouilly-Fumé Vieilles Vignes $27.50
12 750 2019 Bailly-Reverdy, Domaine Domaine Bailly-Reverdy Sancerre Chavignol $29.99
12 375 2014 Baumard, Domaine des Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume $47.50
12 750 2020 Daulny, Domaine Étienne Domaine Étienne Daulny Sancerre $27.50
12 750 2020 Bourgeois, Henri Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes $24.99
12 750 2019 Bourgeois, Henri Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Côte des Monts Damnés $37.50
12 750 2020 Janvier, Pascal Pascal Janvier Coteaux du Loir $22.50
12 750 2020 Noël, Patrick Patrick Noël Sancerre $32.50
12 750 2019 Prieur et Fils, Paul Paul Prieur et Fils Sancerre $24.99
12 750 2020 Hippolyte Reverdy, Domaine Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre $32.50
12 750 2015 Hippolyte Reverdy, Domaine Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Cuvée Ortus $55.00
12 750 2020 Mellot, Domaines Joseph Domaines Joseph Mellot Sancerre La Chatellenie Silex $26.25
12 750 2020 Neveu, André André Neveu Sancerre Le Grand Fricambault Silex $27.50
12 750 2019 Thomas et Fils, Domaine Domaine Thomas et Fils Sancerre Le Pierrier $26.25
3 1500 2005 Baumard, Domaine des Domaine des Baumard Savennières $100.00
12 750 2019 d'Epiré, Château Château d'Epiré Savennières Sec $24.99
12 750 2018 d'Epiré, Château Château d'Epiré Savennières Cuvée Spéciale $32.50
12 375 2016 d'Epiré, Château Château d'Epiré Savennières Moelleux $17.50
12 750 2020 Corbillières, Domaine des Domaine des Corbillières Touraine Sauvignon $11.99
12 750 2019 Herivault (Domaine d'Orfeuilles), Bernard Bernard Herivault (Domaine d'Orfeuilles) Vouvray Sec $17.50
12 750 2018 Herivault (Domaine d'Orfeuilles), Bernard Bernard Herivault (Domaine d'Orfeuilles) Vouvray Sec $17.50
12 750 2019 Herivault (Domaine d'Orfeuilles), Bernard Bernard Herivault (Domaine d'Orfeuilles) Vouvray Silex $22.50

All orders subject to confirmation. All wines subject to prior sale.


More Loire Valley Rosé Wine

Pack Size Vintage Producer Key Producer Description Bottle
12 750 2020 Pitault-Landry, Domaine Les Pins Domaine Les Pins Pitault-Landry Bourgueil L'Instant Rosé $11.99
12 750 2020 Bourgeois, Famille Famille Bourgeois Coteaux du Vendômois Pineau d'Aunis Rosé Le Vert Galant $13.75
12 750 2020 Dezat & Fils, André André Dezat & Fils Sancerre Rosé $22.50
12 750 2020 Hippolyte Reverdy, Domaine Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rosé $29.99
12 750 2020 Corbillières, Domaine des Domaine des Corbillières Touraine Rosé $11.99

All orders subject to confirmation. All wines subject to prior sale.

More Loire Valley Red Wine

Pack Size Vintage Producer Key Producer Description Bottle
12 750 2019 Chanteleuserie, Domaine de La Domaine de La Chanteleuserie Bourgueil Cuvée Alouettes $17.50
12 750 2019 Pitault-Landry, Domaine Les Pins Domaine Les Pins Pitault-Landry Bourgueil Cuvée Les Rochettes $13.75
12 750 2020 Villemade, Hervé Hervé Villemade Cheverny Rouge $26.25
12 750 2018 Raffault, Jean-Maurice Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon Rouge Clos d’Isoré $16.25
12 750 2019 Pallus, Domaine de Domaine de Pallus Chinon Rouge Messanges $14.99
12 750 2018 Reverdy, Hippolyte Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rouge $32.50

All orders subject to confirmation. All wines subject to prior sale.

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