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TOURAINE Cépage Sauvignon 2013
Domaine Pascal Pibaleau
This wine from Pascal Pibaleau has been a great success: real Sauvignon character, with a nice bit of fullness and weight.

  £8.95

VIN DE FRANCE  Chenin Blanc    Domaine Pascal Pibaleau
Nice flavours of nettles and gooseberries. Made from organically grown grapes. Because this wine is a Vin de France the label is not allowed to carry a vintage - but when you pull the cork out "2013" is printed on it! This wine is in fact Azay-le-Rideau, but for reasons that I am not clear about it is only labelled as Vin De France.

  £9.90

BOURGUEIL "Jour de Soif" 2015 Domaine du Bel Air
In 2015 this junior, unoaked wine was a particular success - delicious, juicy, full of fruit, with just a touch of tannin to give it shape and structure.

  £9.95

BOURGUEIL "Les Vingt Lieux Dits" 2012 Domaine du Bel Air
This domaine, run by the Gauthier family, is making super-good Cabernet Franc. A new, and very exciting addition to the list.

  £11.75

QUINCY 2015 Domaine des Croix
Exemplary Loire Sauvignon - drink instead of Sancerre.

  £11.95

TOURAINE AZAY-LE-RIDEAU Moelleux  2009 (Sweet white)  (Chenin Blanc)
Domaine Pascal Pibaleau
Wonderful honeyed, nettly nose, quite sweet in the mouth, tempered by balancing acidity, and an amazingly persistent finish.

  £14.75

BOURGUEIL "Les Marsaules" 2010 Domaine du Bel Air
Another, superior, cuvée from the Gauthier family. This spends two years in oak before bottling, and is a more vigorous, concentrated wine than the "Les Vingt Lieux Dits".

  £16.50

SAVENNIÈRES "Clos des Perrières" 2008 Ch. Soucherie (Chenin Blanc)
Remarkable, fascinating, intricately flavoured dry Loire white, full-flavoured, but with brilliant, energetic underlying acidity.

  £19.50

COTEAUX DU LAYON 1er Cru CHAUME 2010 Ch. Soucherie  (Chenin Blanc)
Amazing sweet wine, with an extraordinary array of flavours: quince, honey, butterscotch, citrus .....

  £25.00