Naturally I started with a look at the Loire selection with a number of interesting possibilities including the 2009 Sliex from Domaine Didier Dagueneau at just short of £55 amongst a considerable range of Sancerres and Pouilly-Fumés plus a few Menetou-Salons from Henry Pellé. Also a number of Vouvrays including ones from Huet, Foreau, Champalou as well as some Montlouis from Délétang – a 1987 demi-sec and a 1986.
The 1987 was about £14 and I was briefly tempted to take a punt but decided against but winewise 1987 was not a good vintage – one of those years when there was a wonderful hot Easter but the year went downhill from there. It was the year our group bought the house in Touraine. Anyway went instead for the 1996 Vendange Tardive Montlouis from Berger Frères, attractively priced at £15.99 a bottle. We also picked up a bottle of Luis Pato's 2007 Vinhas Velhas. Fortunately, perhaps, travelling back to London on the train curtailed further spending!