Complices de Loire wine
This week is the opportunity for you to taste different appellations from Loire Valley that we don’t do very often. Finding someone that produces most appellations AND top quality wines was not an easy task but we finally got it with Complices de Loire, a small house based in Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil. Founder François-Xavier Barc - a brilliant winemaker from the region - buys grapes before harvest from the best winegrowers, selecting each vine with the greatest care. The success of his first cuvée from Saumur-Champigny was immediate and led to a development in other appellations from the region, making the most of local grapes Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.
Each wine from this offer is a faithful example of its appellation. From a simple yet delicious Touraine Sauvignon Blanc to an amazingly mineral Montlouis-sur-Loire or a sophisticated Bourgueil, everything is there to give you a huge pleasure at a really sweet price. Do not hesitate to build your own case to try all of them; they will highly contribute to your wine knowledge!
Unusual but highly interesting Rosé from Touraine! Made from a blend of Gamay, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, it develops aromas of white flowers and citrus. The palate is quite rich and finishes on a long candy taste. A very nice rosé to drink on its own and that would also be a good match for a grilled fish or shellfish.
Pointe d'Agrumes is a highly refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from Loire Valley. As its names suggests (literally "hint of citrus"), it offers lots of citrus and fruit aromas with a lively minerality. If you like simple fruity wines, this is definitely one to keep in your fridge and open after a tough day at work!
This Chinon is the perfect fruity wine to start discovering Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley. Nose exhibits aromas of red berries and sweet spices. Palate is structured with silky tannins, coming from the part-ageing in oak barrels. A very decent medium-bodied bottle for an immediate pleasure, perfect for the price.
Loire Valley amateurs often have a thing for this emblematic appellation, where Cabernet Franc is used to make great reds. This wine boasts a profound colour and an intense nose of cherries, blackcurrant and spices. Tannins are subtle and elegant on the palate. This is a round and delicate Saumur-Champigny at the origin of Complices de Loire, definitely...
This bottle is kind of our little favourite this week. Montlouis-sur-Loire is a tiny off-the-radar appellation, producing fresh and aromatic whites from the Chenin Blanc grape. With a bright golden colour, a nose of citrus and grilled almonds, it shows a rich and complex palate. A beautiful minerality stands out here, enhancing the long, superb and...
Vouvray is getting an increasing recognition in the Loire Valley with their typical aromatic whites made of Chenin Blanc. It offers flavours of lime, peach and white flowers with a really nice complexity in the glass, intesified by oak barrel ageing. A classic and well-made Vouvray, perfect for any amateur of the appellation.
Here is a classy Pouilly-Fumé, one of the most well-known appellations in the Loire Valley producing exclusively Sauvignon Blanc wines. It boasts typical aromas of citrus fruit, stone and flowers, ending on a long and mineral finish. Your Sommelier is definitely an amateur of Pouilly-Fumé, and this one is delicious.
One of the high-end cuvées of Complices de Loire. This Bourgueil clearly shows how complex and structured red wines from Loire Valley can be. Nose is expressive with aromas of cherries, strawberries and cocoa. Palate is rich and balanced, with spicy tannins in the background brought by oak barrels. If you are keen on going a little further in discovering...