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  • Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil Les Perrieres 2020

    £32.95

    “With Catherine Breton’s roots in Vouvray and her husband Pierre’s in Bourgueil, theirs is marriage of natural wine superstars. The Bretons are famed producers of both Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc, and they’ve been deeply committed to biodynamic winegrowing since 1994 (having been organic since 1991). It’s way of life. In fact, when I visited, Catherine said worriedly, “Today is maybe not a good day to taste on the biodynamic calendar.” Unlike some fellow natural winemakers, the Bretons are committed to bottling appellation wines, and not Vin de France. “We try to stay in the appellations,” Catherine said. “But it’s very difficult.” Cabernet Franc”

    Jason Wilson, Vinous (07/20)

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  • Clau de Nell Blanc de Noir 2021

    £41.95

    “Located 24 kilometers west of Saumur in Ambillou-Château in the very east of the Anjou appellation and almost bordering the Saumur AC, the 10-hectare Domaine Clau de Nell, purchased by Anne Claude Leflaive and her husband Christian in 2008 and today managed by winemaker (and shareholder) Sylvain Potin, offers a small but fine range of white and red wines from one block with a homogenous soil of clay, silex and sandstone, the latter gives the wines their characteristic energy and tension. The organically farmed, south-facing and wind-exposed vineyards are about 100 meters above sea level and are surrounded by forests, grassland, grain fields and a tree farm, which gives a large natural diversity and certainly also a kind of protection against pollution.

    One and a half hectares of Chenin were planted in 2012 (another 1.5 hectares were planted last year), but the reds are based on seriously old vines: Cabernet Franc (five hectares of vines averaging 45 years old), Cabernet Sauvignon (one hectare of 65-year-old vines) and the local hero Grolleau (two hectares at 60-90 years old). The grapes are all destemmed, and the cuvaison takes about 20-25 days. After 14 to 16 months of aging in foudres (two-thirds) and small barrels (one-third), the wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

    Last year, Anne’s and Christian’s daughter Claire joined the Clau de Nell estate team; she is in charge of sales and marketing.”

    Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (10/21)

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  • Clau de Nell Cabernet Franc 2020

    £31.49

    “Located 24 kilometers west of Saumur in Ambillou-Château in the very east of the Anjou appellation and almost bordering the Saumur AC, the 10-hectare Domaine Clau de Nell, purchased by Anne Claude Leflaive and her husband Christian in 2008 and today managed by winemaker (and shareholder) Sylvain Potin, offers a small but fine range of white and red wines from one block with a homogenous soil of clay, silex and sandstone, the latter gives the wines their characteristic energy and tension. The organically farmed, south-facing and wind-exposed vineyards are about 100 meters above sea level and are surrounded by forests, grassland, grain fields and a tree farm, which gives a large natural diversity and certainly also a kind of protection against pollution.

    One and a half hectares of Chenin were planted in 2012 (another 1.5 hectares were planted last year), but the reds are based on seriously old vines: Cabernet Franc (five hectares of vines averaging 45 years old), Cabernet Sauvignon (one hectare of 65-year-old vines) and the local hero Grolleau (two hectares at 60-90 years old). The grapes are all destemmed, and the cuvaison takes about 20-25 days. After 14 to 16 months of aging in foudres (two-thirds) and small barrels (one-third), the wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

    Last year, Anne’s and Christian’s daughter Claire joined the Clau de Nell estate team; she is in charge of sales and marketing.”

    Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (10/21)

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  • Clau de Nell Chenin Blanc 2021

    £42.25

    “Located 24 kilometers west of Saumur in Ambillou-Château in the very east of the Anjou appellation and almost bordering the Saumur AC, the 10-hectare Domaine Clau de Nell, purchased by Anne Claude Leflaive and her husband Christian in 2008 and today managed by winemaker (and shareholder) Sylvain Potin, offers a small but fine range of white and red wines from one block with a homogenous soil of clay, silex and sandstone, the latter gives the wines their characteristic energy and tension. The organically farmed, south-facing and wind-exposed vineyards are about 100 meters above sea level and are surrounded by forests, grassland, grain fields and a tree farm, which gives a large natural diversity and certainly also a kind of protection against pollution.

    One and a half hectares of Chenin were planted in 2012 (another 1.5 hectares were planted last year), but the reds are based on seriously old vines: Cabernet Franc (five hectares of vines averaging 45 years old), Cabernet Sauvignon (one hectare of 65-year-old vines) and the local hero Grolleau (two hectares at 60-90 years old). The grapes are all destemmed, and the cuvaison takes about 20-25 days. After 14 to 16 months of aging in foudres (two-thirds) and small barrels (one-third), the wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

    Last year, Anne’s and Christian’s daughter Claire joined the Clau de Nell estate team; she is in charge of sales and marketing.”

    Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (12/21)

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  • Clau de Nell Grolleau 2020

    £33.95

    “Located 24 kilometers west of Saumur in Ambillou-Château in the very east of the Anjou appellation and almost bordering the Saumur AC, the 10-hectare Domaine Clau de Nell, purchased by Anne Claude Leflaive and her husband Christian in 2008 and today managed by winemaker (and shareholder) Sylvain Potin, offers a small but fine range of white and red wines from one block with a homogenous soil of clay, silex and sandstone, the latter gives the wines their characteristic energy and tension. The organically farmed, south-facing and wind-exposed vineyards are about 100 meters above sea level and are surrounded by forests, grassland, grain fields and a tree farm, which gives a large natural diversity and certainly also a kind of protection against pollution.

    One and a half hectares of Chenin were planted in 2012 (another 1.5 hectares were planted last year), but the reds are based on seriously old vines: Cabernet Franc (five hectares of vines averaging 45 years old), Cabernet Sauvignon (one hectare of 65-year-old vines) and the local hero Grolleau (two hectares at 60-90 years old). The grapes are all destemmed, and the cuvaison takes about 20-25 days. After 14 to 16 months of aging in foudres (two-thirds) and small barrels (one-third), the wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

    Last year, Anne’s and Christian’s daughter Claire joined the Clau de Nell estate team; she is in charge of sales and marketing.”

    Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (12/21)

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  • Clau de Nell Violette 2020

    £31.95

    “Located 24 kilometers west of Saumur in Ambillou-Château in the very east of the Anjou appellation and almost bordering the Saumur AC, the 10-hectare Domaine Clau de Nell, purchased by Anne Claude Leflaive and her husband Christian in 2008 and today managed by winemaker (and shareholder) Sylvain Potin, offers a small but fine range of white and red wines from one block with a homogenous soil of clay, silex and sandstone, the latter gives the wines their characteristic energy and tension. The organically farmed, south-facing and wind-exposed vineyards are about 100 meters above sea level and are surrounded by forests, grassland, grain fields and a tree farm, which gives a large natural diversity and certainly also a kind of protection against pollution.

    One and a half hectares of Chenin were planted in 2012 (another 1.5 hectares were planted last year), but the reds are based on seriously old vines: Cabernet Franc (five hectares of vines averaging 45 years old), Cabernet Sauvignon (one hectare of 65-year-old vines) and the local hero Grolleau (two hectares at 60-90 years old). The grapes are all destemmed, and the cuvaison takes about 20-25 days. After 14 to 16 months of aging in foudres (two-thirds) and small barrels (one-third), the wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

    Last year, Anne’s and Christian’s daughter Claire joined the Clau de Nell estate team; she is in charge of sales and marketing.”

    Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (10/21)

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  • Domaine aux Moines Savennieres Roche aux Moines 2022

    £43.95

    “In 2003, Tessa Laroche, a trained enologist, returned to her family estate after gaining a wealth of experience. Beautifully located in Roche-aux-Moines, the estate spans 12.8 hectares of vineyards, primarily facing south-southeast on sandy schist soil, with eight hectares entirely enclosed by walls. Adhering to organic farming principles and incorporating certain biodynamic practices, the estate exclusively uses barrel aging for its Roche-aux-Moines wines. Tessa Laroche, who produces only two wines, embraced the natural wine movement with very low sulfite doses. This approach sometimes results in higher levels of volatile acidity, especially given the 18-month aging period, including 12 months in barrels or foudres from Atelier Centre France, Taransaud and Dussiaud. Malolactic fermentation is naturally induced. Le Berceau des Fées is crafted from young Savennières vines and vines planted on the Anjou appellation, labeled under Vin de France and matured two-thirds in barrels and one-third in vats. Generally speaking, the grapes at Domaine aux Moines are harvested ripe or even passerillés (shrivelled), so wines contain some residual sugar (generally less than two grams, according to Tessa Laroche).”

    Yohan Castaing, Wine Advocate (01/24)

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  • Gerard Boulay Sancerre Clos de Beaujeu 2020

    £46.75

    Review to follow

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  • Gerard Boulay Sancerre Comtesse 2020

    £56.49

    “A hallowed wine from a tiny parcel on the Monts Damnés hill, the 2020 Sancerre Comtesse is an elegant yet sweetly fruited expression offering a distinctive and youthful array of fruits from melon to pear and nectarine. While pure and precise, there’s a sensation of sweetness, which seems to come from a combination of the oak, the ripeness of the fruit and the high alcohol; it’s a little hot on the finish, somewhat diminishing its otherwise refined personality. At the end of our tasting, Boulay mentioned the wines had been open for several days before my arrival, and I will endeavor to taste fresh samples. Drinking window: 2022-2033. 91 points”

    Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (08/22)

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  • Gerard Boulay Sancerre La Cote 2021

    £57.95

    Review to follow

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  • Gerard Boulay Sancerre Monts Damnes 2022

    £57.95

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  • Grosbois Chinon Clos du Noyer 2017

    £41.95

    “The 2017 Chinon Clos du Noyer is pure and floral as well as chalky on the aromatic nose. Highly elegant on the palate, this is a tightly woven Chinon with great clarity and expression. It has a fleshy, chalky structure and a serious finish. Fermented and aged in concrete tanks, this is the best wine I have tasted from Nicolas Grosbois thus far. A promising, great Chinon. Drink: 2022-2037. 93 points

    Back from 10 years of traveling and working in Minervois, Saumur Champigny, Chile (Maipo Valley), Oregon, Australia (Hunter Valley), New Zealand and India since 2006, Nicolas Grosbois took the lead over this charismatic domaine in Ponzoult (AOP Chinon), which has existed for more than 500 years and cultivates not only 15 hectares of vines on diverse soils with shallow and deep layers of sandy clay but also 25 hectares of cereals and 10 hectares of grassland. Cabernet Franc gives the best results on these millarge soils, which are made up of a soft, very sandy sea sediment that warms up quickly and enables Cabernet Franc to ripen steadily to full ripeness. It took Nicolas 10 years of experimenting in the vineyard and in the cellar to find his path, which led to the production of generous but elegant Cabernet Francs. The finest wine is from the Clos du Noyer, a cru with soils only 40 centimeters deep covering the bedrock that balances the power and vigorous character of the vines that benefit from the nearby forest and never come into stress situations. There are 6,000-8,000 bottles filled of the Clos per year, whereas the quantitatively even more important Gabare fills 25,000-28,000 bottles every year. Following the vertical of the Clos du Noyer showed the development of this domaine impressively (from more extraction and the usage of oak to less extraction and the vinification in concrete), with highlights in 2015 and 2017.”

    Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (08/21)

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