You wonÕt pick up any oak here, but the fruit is interesting and vibrant, smacking of ripe green apples and even more opulent peaches. ItÕs springtime fresh in the mouth, nice and round with a suggestion of fruity sweetness.
A deliciously poised wine, layered with the honey flavors of malolactic fermentation, giving soft, open acidity and white nectarine flavors. It’s a wine with the softness of ripe Chardonnay and the lightness and freshness that comes from cool-climate western Loire vineyards. Drink this holiday season, it will go great with the turkey.
A wood-aged Chardonnay from the western Loire. The fruit is light and fresh, and so, fortunately, is the touch of wood that lends a caramel and toast layer but doesn’t dominate the green plums. This wine could age for a couple of years, but is ready to drink now.
With its heavy bottle and designer label and name, this must qualify as the most expensive looking vin de pays from the Loire. Somehow the wine, while a pleasant, ripe Sauvignon, doesn’t live up to the package. But the price is fine, so enjoy a lively, lightly toasty but still fresh green-fruited wine.
From vineyards to the west of Sancerre in the Loire, Sancerrois Alexandre Mellot has produced a classically fresh, simple, very drinkable wine, showing great awareness of the apple and green pear character of Sauvignon Blanc. Drink this year.
Very crisp and green, this offering from the broadest Loire area appellation comes off like a Kiwi more than a Frenchie. It's brisk, with almost sharp green herb notes and a touch of the (oh, yes) cat-pee note that so many have. It's tangy and light, a very good example of that style (if that's your cup of tea).