The Loire is actually four quite different wine sub-regions that run for nearly 500km along the Loire river and tributaries. The Nantais, on the Atlantic coast, with it's cool maritime climate, specializes in Muscadet. Further inland the climate changes and becomes more continental. Here, in the sub-region of Anjou-Saumur some of the greatest dessert wines are made from Chenin Blanc (Savinierres, Quarts-de-chaumes and Bonnezeaux). The sub-region of Touraine begins around the town of Chinon, where most of the region's reds are made from Cabernet France and continues to Vouvray, where sparkling, dry or sweet wines are made from Chenin Blanc. Finally, the Central Vineyards, including Sancerre and Pouilly Fume, specialize in Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. These sub-regions are closer to Burgundy than they are to the Nantais region of the Loire, both physically and vinously.
Today we present a mixed case that has been a couple of years in the making. The challenges of shipping during the epidemic may have delayed this special collection of wines from Baudry-Dutour, but we are confident in the quality of the wines and wanted to see it through. A perfect white, rosé and red selection for Spring.
With a deep, intense ruby hue, the wine opens with an expressive, harmonious blend of grilled, smoked and toasted aromas with fruity notes (ripe dark berries). On the palate, the wine shows beautiful silky, velvety body with the same lovely blend of red fruit aromas and melted nuances created by well-integrated oak. With structure and a long red fruit aftertaste, this Sancerre should only be enjoyed after 12 months of aging.
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