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I can’t remember when I was last so excited by a Loire vintage!

I can’t remember when I was last so excited by a Loire vintage!

After my usual quick visit at harvest time, this year in Touraine – where Jérôme Billard was harvesting Chinon under sunny skies – it was clear that 2017 would yield some excellent results. Now I’m back from my regular February trip (read about it here) I’m delighted to report that I can’t remember when I was last so excited by a Loire vintage! Look out for our offer later this summer.

Muscadets look gorgeous across the board, and I can’t wait to taste more. They are such adaptable wines and so light on the stomach. Early samples of Central Vineyards sauvignons from Domaines Laloue (Exhibition Sancerre) and Riaux (Pouilly-Fumé) are delicious too, with ripeness and freshness in perfect balance. Go to Reuilly, Quincy, Chenonceaux, and Touraine sauvignons for value. Serious chenin lovers will need to wait a bit longer for the 2017s but in the meantime seek out 2015s in particular, especially for sweet examples.

It’s still early to taste most reds, which at harvest looked likely to be structured and concentrated as the berries were small and yielding less juice than expected, but there are still stocks of the excellent 2014 and 2015 vintages, with 2015 the friendlier (fruitier) of the two.

Joanna Locke MW
2018

Joanna Locke MW

Joanna Locke MW
Buyer for Loire

2018



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