July 2009: Loire Valley Whites

July 31, 2009 at 10:09 pm Leave a comment

Matt Gubitosa checking out the lineup (post tasting)

Matt Gubitosa checking out the lineup (post tasting)

Gina Gregory (Sommelier, Manager at Portalis Wines, and Tasting Circle Panel Member) recently posted a blog about the Loire Valley.  If you are interested in an overview of the region and its wines, have a look.  MORE>  The tasting panel blind tasted ten white wines, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc & Melon de Bourgogne, with very interesting results especially regarding price points:

EXCELLENT (90-94 points)
Domaine Laporte 2007 Cheverny

(91 points)
Region: Loire Valley, France; Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc; Retail: $24
Notes:  Beautiful pink grapefruit. Great nuances of fresh yellow peach rounded gentaly by the intense grapefruit squeezed juice. It makes me smile each time I smell it!!! Great Sauvignon Blanc (Giuseppe)
Notes: Who let the cats out?? [surrounded by musical notes] Grassy and herbaceous, great acidity. We are tasting what Sauvignon Blanc should taste like … (Arnaud, guest taster)

La Poussie 2006 Sancerre (91 points)
Region: Loire Valley, France; Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc; Retail: $45/SALE $34
Notes: Pale, yellow straw color. Very complex nose of melon and quince. Very elegant and complex. Great viscosity. Beautiful balance and acidity. Wonderful flavors of melon, Bosch pears with delicate citrus notes and just a touch of sweetness. Great minerality. Long elegant finish. High-end Sancerre ?! (Jens)
Notes: Nose has a honey dew kiss, light golden yellow. Balanced acidity that behaves and returns on the finish. Rich texture … peaches and a little lemon. Wow – finish lingers – just makes me crave shellfish. Yum. Must be Sancerre. (Gina)

Claude Lafond 2007 Reuilly (90 points)
Region: Loire Valley, France; Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc; Retail: $20
Notes: N: swimming pool, corn masa, white flowers. P: Tangerine & nectarine, balanced, crushed diamond minerality, soft. (Ken)
Notes: Centered! Good intense and very rich nuances (cat piss). I have to say it’s very good.  Great balanced fruit and acidity. Bravo Sauvignon [Blanc]. It finishes very elegantly.  Good wine. (Giuseppe)

Domaine de la Tourmaline 2007 Muscadet Sevre et Maine (90 points)
Region: Loire Valley, France; Varietal: Melon de Bourgogne; Retail: $18
Notes: Clear, pale color. Aroma of radish slice. Medium body and nicely balanced melon & tropical fruit flavors. (Matt)
Notes: Pale, yellow straw color. Beautiful aromas of fresh grass and hay. Very pleasant mouthfeel.  Good acidity and balance. Tastes like well-made Muscadet. Notes of citrus & lime. Very refreshing. Bring on the oysters, baby! (Jens)

VERY GOOD (85-89 points)
Alphonse Mellot 2007 Sancerre la Moussiere (89 points)
Region: Loire Valley, France; Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc; Retail: $45
Notes: A dry grass color. Bright looking wine. Fennel on the nose and some honey. Lovely acidity. It will go very well with some halibut sautée and a buttery sauce. (Fernando)
Notes:  Apricots on the nose. Peaches, lemon, lime on the palate. Chalky, minerally finish. (Chris)
 
Roc de Chateauvieux 2007 Vouvray (89 points)
Region: Loire Valley, France; Varietals: Chenin Blanc; Retail: $15
Notes: Pretty shimmery color. Nose has white flowers & green apples. Very interesting palate – off-dry with peach & passion fruit flavors. Good acids and nice finish. The more prominent fruit says Chenin Blanc. (Gina)
Notes: Tropical nose, a hint of strawberries, sound and easy. Nice aftertaste of ripe red apples. (Arnaud, guest taster)

Domaine de la Quilla 2007 Muscadet Sevre et Maine (88 points)
Region: Loire Valley, France; Varietals: Melon de Bourgogne; Retail: $17
Notes: Crystal clear golden color. Aroma of fresh cut radish & herbs. (Sauv Blanc?)  Beautifully balanced alcohol & acid. Flavors of walnuts & melon. (Matt)
Notes: Straw colored. Candied pineapple on mid-palate. Grapefruit & grapefruit zest on the back palate. Leads to crisp minerality. (Chris)

Chateau de la Roche 2007 Touraine (86 points)
Region: Loire Valley, France; Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc; Retail: $17
Notes:  Nose a little closed. Very light straw. Racy acidity. Prominent lemon citrus and Granny Smith apple. I could certainly see this going down easy on a hot day. (Gina)
Notes: 

Michel Bedouet 2003 Muscadet Sevre et Maine (85 points)
Region: Loire Valley, France; Varietals: Melon de Bourgogne; Retail: $19.50
Notes: A candy smell. Sweet corn & butter on the nose. A deeper yellow color. Nice minerals on the palate, some baked apples on the palate. I do like this wine. It has a touch of sweet I like. (Fernando)
Notes: N: cream soda, soapy bubbles, fennel. P: creamy, lower acidity, simple & refreshing. (Ken)
 
AVERAGE (75-79 points)
Eric Moutintin 2007 Sauvignon Blanc
(78 points)
Region: Loire Valley, France; Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc; Retail: $15
Notes: It is possible that something was wrong with this particular bottle.  Most tasters ranked it poorly and almost everyone noted that it was green and had strong flavors of bitter herbs and sulfur.

July Tasting Panel: Jens Strecker, Gina Gregory, Ken O’Hara, Matt Gubitosa, Giuseppe Carraturo, Fernando Martinez, Chris Nishiwaki, Arnaud Guerin

The following wines are in-stock or can be ordered at the following local wine shops:
Portalis Wine Shop + Wine Bar
email: info@portaliswines.com
phone: 206-783-2007

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