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White - Off-dry

2008 Domaine des Aubuisières Vouvray Demi-Sec Les Girardières

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
A synthetic closure - oh dear! Once over this initial disappointment, however, I discover the wine has an incredible nose, haunting and quite profound at times, and yet in other aspects so difficult to pin down. It is hugely expressive, with a base of lemon meringue, overlaid with pear, sweetly scented dessert apple, lychee and more. And yet there are also honey notes, juxtaposed against the lemony freshness, and it is all swirled with mineral suggestions, although it is this component that seems most difficult to pin down. Beautifully fresh and fleshy on the palate, succulently textured, with a lightly pithy grip and suggestions of liquid stone. Good substance here, quite direct, and yet in the finish it evolves and opens. So confident and long, balanced and yet with piles of substance, this would do beautifully in the cellar for many years, if it weren't for the synthetic closure of course. As it is I'm just glad it has lasted four. 18 points
White

2008 Domaine de Bellivière Jasnières Calligramme

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
An attractive, mid-gold hue. The nose is convincing, bordering on haunting, with fleeting complexities that feel subtle and intangible, difficult to tie down. There are floral notes with crystalline golden fruits, as well as elements suggestive of dried fruits, desiccated apple and papaya, with nuances of ginger. This is followed by a sense of creaminess coming through in the background, and a little fresh vanilla. Beautifully crisp and pure on the palate, not the most vibrant acidity nevertheless a very fine seam of minerality which gives the wine some focus, the golden, crunchy fruit circling around it. Fine, with more grip and pithy elements than I would have imagined. Fresh, lively but with a beautifully supple, rich, gently balanced substance. A really great, long, energetic wine. Super. 17.5 points
White - Sparkling

2008 Vincent Carême Vouvray Pétillant Brut

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
A lemon-gold hue, and a very fine, streaming central pétillance here, overall very appealing to the eye. The nose has a beautifully evolving character, with scents of almonds, crystalline fruit, pear skin and a tinge of acacia. And the palate follows on from this very expressive nose with a finely seductive style; this wine seems to get more alluring with every fresh bottle I open. Very expressive and broad, with a gentle prickling mousse, the flavours moving into quite an evolved, organic arena now, bitter fruit skin, autumnal nuances, but still all underpinned by a bright character and a grippy structure. Delicious. 18 points
White - Sparkling

2008 Vincent Carême Vouvray Pétillant L'Ancestrale

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
An increasingly brilliant gold in the glass with every bottle, and a fine tumbling bead. The fruit also has a golden feel, slightly autumnal, golden pears and apples with a firmly crystalline element, overlaid by evocative, minerally notes. Touches of richness, pastry, sweetness, with smoke here. Similar elements on the palate, with its evocative and seductive texture. Tinges of praline, roasted nuts, with a light citrus fruit freshness over the top. Beautiful fleshy texture from the residual sugar, which melds finely with the gritty substance within, the fabulous acidity, and the tingling minerality. Remains one of the most convincing and yet seductive examples of sparkling Vouvray I have ever tasted. Superb. 18.5 points
White

2008 François Cazin (Le Petit Chambord) Cour-Cheverny

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
There is a very pale hue to this wine. The nose is reserved, intensely fresh and suggestive of firm acidity, with notes of lemon, white chalk and crisp, barely-ripe white peach. It is just as mouth watering and acid-framed on the palate as these aromas suggest, full and sappy, with a slightly sour edge to the fruit, The finish is juicy and gritty, certainly showing lots of interesting texture here, with a long acid- bound finish. Good. 15 points
White

2008 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos Habert

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
This has to be one of the most remarkable wines from François that I have ever tasted, so it would be fair to say I am not coming to it without bias. The appearance in the glass is a mid-golden colour. There is a truly captivating nose, displaying a mixture of honeyed fruit and crushed rocks, minerally and linear with vanilla and lanolin notes, real skip-a-heart-beat stuff. In the mouth it is supple, fresh, truly minerally as the nose suggested, with an amazing intensity of rocky-minerally flavours and sensations swirled in with the gently honeyed, exotic fruits. Despite this exuberant style it has a beautiful balance, vibrant and vigorous and yet so restrained and elegant. A stunning wine. 18.5 points
White

2008 Domaine François Cotat (Paul & François) Sancerre Les Monts Damnés

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
An extraordinarily firm and vigorous pithy fruit on the nose here, with a real bite to it rather than anything fine or perfumed. There is vibrant citrus zest, but also a much more grippy, biting, layer of grapefruit pith. The palate carries on in the same vein, showing lots of backbone and grip. There is a lovely weight to it, broad and quite polished and deeply textured, but still with lots of raw structure at its core which only comes to the fore towards the end of the palate, bringing a huge sense of bitter energy here which lingers on for a long time. This is a very exciting wine. It is still clearly very young, with lots of raw potential here. Plenty of lovely texture to it as well. With a little more air it shows a more supple integration. But still a wine with hidden talents I think. 17 points
Red

2008 Château de Coulaine Chinon

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
This cuvée, which is the entry-level Coulaine wine, comes from a blend of limestone and sandy terroirs. In the glass it has a fine and vibrant colour. There is similar vibrancy on the nose, which shows a good combination of fruit and minerality, with a stony quality to it. The fruit on the palate is lean and defined, dark and vivacious, with plenty of sappy tannin. Although in a leaner style there is a touch of creamy harmony here, and some substance in the middle. Overall this is a good wine. 16.5 points
Red

1996 Pierre-Jacques Druet Bourgueil Grand Mont

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
A bottle of this a year or two ago was not so convincing; this one, however, seems to be in a somewhat better place. It has a fading intensity of pigments, but still has some vibrancy and plenty of red tones to its hue. The nose is interesting, at first showing a little mushroom, then crisp red fruits with a perfumed floral presence as well as a little capsicum. These brighter elements soon fade though, leaving that little mushroom note along with hints of tobacco, smoke and sweet leather, although it is all very subtle. The palate is cool and refined at the start, quite elegant and with a hint of silk to it, but through the middle it shows a more substantial body and a little tannic grip. The finish fades, leaving a warm finish. Some of the aromas and texture that bothered me last time can still be seen here, but they feel much more harmonious and subtle, with evolving maturity to add contrast and elegance. An attractive wine. 15.5 points
White

2008 Domaine de l'Ecu (Guy Bossard) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Expression de Granit

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
Really exuberant fruit at first here, all peach and citrus zest, before it settles down aromatically showing a rather tauter, mineral-infused lemony character, with a gritty, defined feel to it. It is tense and grainy at the start on the palate, showing a vibrant mouth-watering acidity at the very beginning, and then a slight softening in the middle, allowing the wine to express itself more evocatively, showing floral elements like acacia. There is some lovely substance here behind the fine and full definition of the wine, leading into a long and slowly unfolding finish. This is grippy, lightly bitter and precisely defined, with a really fine energy to it. Overall, this is very good indeed. 17.5 points
White

2008 Ferme de la Sansonnière (Mark Angeli) La Lune

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
A pale golden hue. A beautiful nose, open and expressive, very floral, with lemon and orange blossom and wild flowers, and a fine crystalline character to the fruit. The palate is similarly beautiful, pure and tense, floral and with all that defined, crystalline fruit character underpinned by a fresh pithy grip. It feels full, broad and confident, yet taut and linear. Towards the end it reveals more structure, always hanging onto that lovely tension underneath the gentle Chenin fruit character. Overall, this is broad and pure, very exciting, with a long finish. I think it is safe to say that I misjudged this one when tasted in February 2010. This is lovely. 17.5 points
White

2009 Ferme de la Sansonnière (Mark Angeli) La Lune

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
This has a pale gold hue in the glass; nothing remarkable here, but that is certainly not true of the nose. The aromatics are simply captivating; imagine flower petals, lightly dusted with mineral crystals. These aromas waft in and entrance, but then are slowly replaced by richer, more honeyed tones, with nuances of saffron and apricot. It feels fresh, vibrant and open, although what comes on the palate is still unexpected, the fruit crystalline and very confident, with an energy and vigour which is surprising. There is such purity and harmony here, such delightful tone to it, and yet there is also a soft and mellifluously textured side, the middle of the wine gentle and caressing, features that only come in once the crystalline structure of the fruit has made its full impact. There is not a hint of oxidation, a relevant point considering past experiences, and the sulphur dioxide concentration is declared as 36 mg/l, which may of course have some bearing on that. To sum up, this is an amazing wine, and is surely one of the most remarkable examples of Anjou - or it would be, if it were Anjou - I have ever tasted. 18 points
White - Sparkling

2008 Château Gaudrelle Crémant de Loire

Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
A very young and clean style here, the fruit a mix of herby-papery Chenin, light minerality and lean fruit. A very lean and stony style at the start, totally dominated here by the prickling mousse alongside a light touch of residual sugar, with the chalky, sherbetty minerality the leading flavour element. Only at the end does it suggest anything of the honey of Chenin Blanc, with a little twist of toffee sweetness coming in on the finish. Attractive but no more than that. 15 points
White - Off-dry

2008 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Mont

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
This is just fabulous, and clearly brimming with bags of potential. It kicks off with a grippy but sweet pear-skin character, and thereafter a sweet, golden, autumnal apple bite. This sweet, evolving apple-tinged character persists on the nose, although the wine takes on a fine, pithy grapefruit tinge as well. It's not that it merely has a grapefruity flavour, it is more that it has the challenging, acidic, pithy substance of that fruit. It has a sense of minerality too, although nothing too austere. The palate has good grip and substance, and a gentle residual sugar, undeniable but one of many components here. It rounds off with a good, bitter, grippy finish. Another stunning demi-sec cuvée from this vintage, one that has a wealth of potential; it is great now, but will perhaps be greater in the future. 18 points
White

2008 Château du Hureau Saumur Blanc

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
A pale and shimmering hue here, tinged with a subtle yellow-gold. the nose takes half an hour to open up, showing notes of citrus fruit at first, then more exotic characteristics, vanilla flowers, lime leaf and tropical tinges, although these are all tempered by a chalky edge. And although there is a certain fruit complexity here, this remains aromatically a very subtle wine. It has a confident, firm, structured palate though, with a good phenolic backbone, moderate acidity and plenty of good flesh. It is in the finish where it really shows some weight, together with a pithy, phenolic character. Long and grippy with a hint of spice. Good. 16 points
White

2008 Richard Leroy Chenin Blanc Clos des Rouliers

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
A pale golden hue in the glass, with no hint of concern. Nevertheless the nose shows an oxidative streak, coming out with notes of slightly baked apples and pears from the very start, later on notes of lemon and ginger. The palate has lovely substance though, with a broad richness with a smoothly polished substance, laid over some slightly sour fruit. There is vibrant acidity cutting through the middle, well defined and most importantly absolutely brimming with fizzing, sherbetty energy and vigour. The finish is just as sour at the start, but with a good savoury richness and length. A good wine. 16 points
White

2008 Richard Leroy Chenin Blanc Les Noëls de Montbenault

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
A rich golden hue. A nose of bright, rich, weighty and mineral tinged fruit, with a considerable intensity aromatically, although there is a withdrawn character to it as well, especially compared to when I tasted it a few years ago. The palate is similarly introverted at the start, but through the midpalate it shows a wonderfully rich and broad acidity, with a great tension and grip underneath. The fruit character seems a little awkward today, with a sour apple note to it, but also fennel and aniseed. There's considerable structure as well, with much of that grip coming from a tannic core, surely wood-derived, which brings a slightly dry character to the finish. This enhances the awkwardness here, although it remains energetic in the finish, sour too, but with a persistent, energy-charged length to it. Great wine, rather reticent today, but long and showing all of its potential. 18 points
White

2008 Domaine Montrieux Coteaux du Vendômois

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
A really fascinating wine here. Emile Heredia is not averse to adding a little sulphur to protect his wine at bottling, nevertheless there is certainly an oxidative style to this wine. A pale golden hue in the glass, the nose is full of apple, cream and almonds, the nutty elements leading into the oxidative notes already mentioned. There is a sense of energy to it as well though, the aromas lifted and defined, and this is confirmed on the palate which has a wonderful acidity to it, lifting the character. There is a very well-judged substance, weighty but none of the fatter bluntness that you get with full-blown oxidation. It has grip, acid, freshness and bite, all imbued with the apple and cream elements coming in from the nose. Long, with a crunchy minerality and plenty of energy. Very good indeed. 17 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2008 Château Pierre-Bise Quarts de Chaume

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
A richer, more golden hue than I recall from my last tasting of this cuvée in this vintage, which was a couple of years ago at the domaine. Attractive aromatics, showing suggestions of sweetness with a lighter style of fruit, reminiscent of a salad of just-ripe white peach sprinkled with mint. Very much a floral, lifted rather than rich style here, with touches of yellow plum and star fruit. Despite this leaner style of fruit there is in fact a rich, very convincing weight of residual sugar here, with a sweet, crunchy, butter-rich shortbread note beneath. In the finish though, that menthol-tinged, just-ripe character returns to remind me that this just wasn't a great vintage for Layon and the associated appellations. 15.5 points
White

2008 Château Pierre-Bise Savennières Roche aux Moines

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
A confident yellow-golden hue to this wine. The nose is very expressive, and is very typical of variety and appellation. There is all the straw-like fruit of the Chenin, with notes of pear and acacia, infused with the fresh seam of minerality that comes with Savennières. It seems soft and haunting at times, but there are hints of muscularity within as well. Rich, very confident, bold and dry, but with a confident and muscular, rather polished substance too. Plenty of grip here, although it is in no way overly powerful or lacking finesse. Very harmonious, complete, with elegant definition encasing great floral and mineral and grippy fruit, and a firm finish. Superb. 18 points
White

2008 Pithon-Paillé Anjou Coteau des Treilles

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
A vibrant golden hue in the glass here. The nose is delightful, suggestive of great depth and richness of fruit, especially white peach, dotted with nuances of acacia, vanilla and a touch of white pepper. There's a hint of pineapple on the palate, this exotic note sitting alongside some grippy peach-skin fruit and honeyed depth. Deep and tender, as I noted last time this wine calls to mind the wines of Richard Leroy. Long, grippy, polished, supple and with some sense of boldness and strength. Very good indeed, and hinting at fine longevity. 17 points
White

2008 Domaine des Roches Neuves Saumur L'Insolite

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
Quite tight and focused on the nose, although there is also a suggestion of flattering depth, with a honeyed tinge to it, and the suggestion of a little golden oak alongside. A slightly more intense, dried fruit character on the palate than I was expecting, with a sweet, concentrated vein, but it is still fresh, bright and energetic though. Polished and broad, with ginger-tinged fruit coming through, rather richer than I recall from my previous encounter with this wine early last year. Quite solid with a real sense of substance here, and with a lip-smacking, savoury finish. Really very good, and still on the way up. 17 points
Red

2008 Château de Targe Saumur-Champigny Quintessence

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, Chris Kissack
January 2013
This is fresh, rather light in character on the palate, showing sweetness nevertheless in a rather light style, with an obvious application of rather toasty oak on the nose. This adds an incongruously dark sooty, and charcoaly tone to the wine. The palate has a very crunchy crystalline style of fruit, although there is a soft and warm character to it hidden deeper within. And also there is a bitter layer of oak here too. It feels a touch dried out on the palate, with a bitter twist. The raw material is attractive but there are elements here that seem over-worked and out of kilter to me. And yet the 2007 seemed so impressive for the vintage. It would be worth retasting at a later date if possible. 14 points
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