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2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Charles Sydney's 2016 London Loire tasting – my selection of dry whites

Harvesting Cabernet Franc in 2015 

2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Sancerre

Here is my selection of wines from this large tasting. I am not going to attempt tasting notes mainly because many of the wines, especially the 2015s, have yet to be bottled. Also I have chosen a fair number so it would take a long time to compile my notes and Millésime Bio starts tomorrow. This year's tasting underlined the quality of the 2014 and 2015 vintages.

Favourites (UK stockists in brackets):


2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Domaine de la Chavinière,
Jérémie Huchet (James Nicholson; Stone, Vine & Sun)
2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Domaine de la Tourmaline, Christophe Gadais. 

Also noted 
2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Château de la Tarcière, Bonnet-Huteau, 
Pinot Gris
IPG Pinot Gris Le Chapitre, Christophe Réthoré  
Sauvignon Blanc
2015 Touraine Blanc, Moulin des Aigremonts, Cellier de Beaujardin (Oddbins) 
2015 Haut Poitou, La Tour Beaumont (Oddbins)
2015 Coteaux du Giennois Rive Droite, Quintin Frères 
2015 Quincy, Domaine André Figeat (Laytons)
2015 Pouilly-Fumé, Les Papillons, Domaine de Bel Air (Liberty, Averys - domaine label)  
2015 Pouilly-Fumé, Les Cris, Alain Cailbourdin (Enotria)
2015 Sancerre Cuvée Marnes et Calcaire, Domaine Jean-Max Roger (Majestic)
2015 Pouilly Fumé XXL, Domaine André Figeat
2015 Sancerre Cuvée Flores, Vincent Pinard (Justerini & Brooks, James Nicholson, Averys)

Oak fermented 2014 Sauvignon Blanc
2014 Sancerre Cuvée Nuance, Vincent Pinard (Justerini & Brooks, Averys)
2015 Sancerre La Côte de Bué, Domaine Jean-Max Roger 
Sauvignon Blanc with some Chardonnay 
2015 Cave de Mont-près-Chambord (Averys)

2015 Valençay Blanc, Le Clos du Château (Majestic)

(Other wines to be covered in a further post + another one to cover wines from The Famous Five.)  


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