Loire Valley Wines Part II

17 March 2016


Wine

Grape

ABV

Location

Supplier

Price

Comments

Ranking


  1. Bredif Brut

Vouvray

Petillant-Mousseux


100%

Chenin Blanc


12.5%


Loire Valley

Rochecorbon


Domaine Bredif


Eur. 9.10

+ 6.67pp


Subtle and seductive’; light and very drinkable, pleasant ‘appley’ freshness but with a slight saltiness – redolent of summer


5 points

  1. Marc Bredif

Vouvray Classic

2014


100%

Chenin Blanc





13%


Loire Valley

Rochecorbon


Domaine Bredif


Eur. 9.10

+ 6.67pp


Same grape but a very different nose and taste, light fruit acidity, sweet honey taste, lychees, peaches – another nice summery wine



  1. Cabernet de Saumur Rose 2013

Domaine de Nerleux



100% Cabernet Franc


13.5%


Loire Valley

St Cyr en Bourg




C A Rookes


£8.95

+ £1.99 pp


Subdued strawberry’ taste – very typical for a Loire rose



  1. Beauregard

Saumur Champigny

Baron Briare

2014




100% Cabernet Franc


12.5%


Loire Valley

Rochecorbon


Domaine Bredif



Eur. 8.50

+ 6.67pp


Lovely nose with lots of berries – subtle (or was it

supple?) and svelte

Good value


  1. Les Loups Noirs

Saumur Champigny 2010

Domaine de Nerleux




100%

Cabernet Franc


13.5%


Loire Valley

St Cyr en Bourg


C A Rookes


£15.10

+ £1.99 pp


Very full on the palate, vegetal overtones but some leather, tobacco or even capsicum. Sumptuous and mature ….


7 points


  1. Saumur Champigny

Clos des Cordeliers

2013 Domaine Ratron


Cabernet franc

100%


12.5%


Loire Valley

Souzay-

Champigny


Wine Society


£9.50


Sophisticated, with pink peppercorn overtones, more like a claret on the palate




7. St Nicolas de


Bourgueil 2014

Marc Bredif



100%

Cabernet franc


12.5%


Loire Valley

Rochecorbon


Domaine Bredif




Eur. 8.50

+ 6.67pp


This bottle may not have been at its best, some detected a ‘foxy’ taste, others sour plums




8. Saumur Champigny

Beauregard

Veilles Vignes 2012

Baron Briard


100%

Cabernet franc


12.5%


Loire Valley

Rochecorbon


Domaine Bredif




Eur. 12.20

+ 6.67pp


Soft violet bouquet and lots of fruits, gorgeous


17 points

No. 2

Best Value



9. Reserve Privee


Chinon 2011

Marc Bredif


100%

Cabernet franc


13.0%


Loire Valley

Rochecorbon


Domaine Bredif




Eur. 18.20

+ 6.67pp


Stunning! Again violets and soft fruits, well balanced and complex, a lovely wine


26 points

No. 1


10. Les Loups Dores


Dernier Tris 2010

Domaine de Nerleux

50cl



100%

Chenin Blanc


12.5%


Loire Valley

St Cyr en Bourg


C & A Rookes





£14.45

+ £1.99 pp


Smooth, scintillating and sexy! (GC) Marzipan and white fruits, very easy to drink but not at all syrupy or sticky


9 points

No. 3

Best White

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