I blind tasted this at Discovery Wines and almost nailed it. Loire Valley Gamay? Vines near Clos Roche Blanche? Like the actual gamay from Clos Roche Blanche? Trevor was nodding... read more →
Étienne Courtois shares the Quartz vineyard with his father Claude. Their vines are mostly older, own-rooted, protected from phyloxera by the area’s ultra-sandy soils. This is an exuberant, elegant drink.... read more →
Considered Hervé’s most age-worthy, this is a great example of a wine, made in traditional fermentation and oak aging yet remains as light on its feet as a vin de... read more →
This is a rare wine with only 20 cases coming into the states. It’s as delicate as a spider’s web, and just as sturdy. More emotion than intellect.
Claude and his son Etienne work in a part of the Loire full of forest. Here is a different expression of sauvignon blanc than the Quartz (to the right). From... read more →
My note? “This one!!” Almond, wool and electricity. From Philippe’s 40–90 year old vines, his oldest. This 2009 had more sulfur than usual, and a little less acid (it was... read more →
Vinified and aged in old wood, the wine is long and lovely. Full of a grapefruit, juicy ripe acid—all sorts of citrus threading through the wine. A zingy experience.