Archive for the ‘Loire Valley’ Category

2013 Harvest Report, Part 3: The Loire

Tweet Mother Nature was not so kind to some growers in the Loire in 2013. Certain areas, most notably Vouvray, experienced severe episodes of devastating hail that all but destroyed many vineyards, inflicting damage that could be detrimental to future vintages as well as 2013. Fortunately, others emerged unscathed, some to the point of feeling […]

40 Vintages of Sauvignon Blanc

Tweet If it takes 10,000 hours of carrying out a task to be successful in a given field, then Régis Minet is not just an expert, but true master of Sauvignon Blanc. For nearly forty vintages now, Régis has worked with the grape of the appellation of Pouilly Fumé, which by my estimate means he’s […]

Then and Now – Château d’Epiré

Tweet Our early history with the Savennières producer Château d’Epiré (our longest standing relationship from the Loire) is one that became all too familiar to Kermit over the years—in 1985, the patriarch of the family, Monsieur Bizard passed away: “The family was crushed. I was emotional. Tears flowed. And there were problems, they said, because […]

Accordéoniste Extraordinaire

Tweet A visit chez Daniel Chotard is always a treat. Daniel is the proud maker of one of our classic Sancerres and without a doubt, the most musically adept vigneron we work with. His talent in making great Sauvignon Blanc is only matched by his ability to play the accordion. The French take the accordion […]

A Bruce Trip: The Loire Valley

Tweet And this continues the story of Retail Manager Steve Waters’ two week tasting trip through France.  Click here to read the first part of this series. Our first day of tasting in the Loire Valley was extensive.  We had morning visits at Domaine Charles Joguet in Chinon, Catherine and Pierre Breton in Bourgueil, and […]

Harvest With The Bretons

Tweet In early October, Loire Valley vigneron Pierre Breton, of Domaine Catherine et Pierre Breton,  sent out daily emails updating us on how harvest was going. He included a couple photos and a few words about what they did each day. I started anticipating his daily missive and thought it would be great to share […]

New Arrivals from Breton

Tweet Thursday evening marked the first staff tasting since Kermit’s departure to France. The tasting covered whites, reds, and rosés from the Loire, the southern Rhône, Provence, and Corsica. As good students of the Lynchianesque tasting philosophy, we started in the north with the Loire and finished in the south with Corsica. Today I’ll focus […]

Two Vouvrays

Tweet In recent memory we have imported just one producer from Vouvray, the wines of Didier and Catherine Champalou. Earlier this year, we began importing a second Vouvray from another Loire Valley husband and wife winemaking team, Pierre and Catherine Breton. The 2008 Vouvray Secs from these two producers recently arrived and I was excited […]

Thierry Boucard, Domaine de la Chanteleuserie, Bourgueil, France

Tweet I had heard from Pierre Breton that Thierry Boucard’s father, Moïse, made an outstanding 1976 Bourgueil.  Since that is my birth year, I am always on the lookout for good ‘76s for my cellar.  It was an interesting year, hot and dry, and there are many good wines in France but just as many […]

New Arrivals!

In our recent email blast we featured some new arrivals that we are excited about. Here are a few more, all hailing from the 2008 vintage…