Tag Archives: Loire Valley wines

Wine of the Week – – Domaine Vincent Careme Cuvee “T” Vouvray

This Brut Cuvee “T” 2014 from Domaine Vincent Careme was made using the traditional sparkling wine method with a second fermentation in the bottle. The wine, made and bottled by Tania and Vincent Careme, is made with Chenin Blanc grapes.

Fresh and delicious, it’s a perfect wine for summer sipping. The winery began in 1999 and is located on 37 acres which are home to trellished bush vines, an average of 35 years old. The soil consists of clay and flint. The cellar is described as a “traditional 16th century troglodytic cave” carved in limestone rock.

The wine, with 12 percent ABV, gets a second fermentation for one month in the bottle with no added sugar. Notes of citrus and apple are prevalent and the wine is effervescent and fresh with what the winery’s owners, Vincent and Tania, call “racy” acidity. It is distributed by Cape Classics.

Wine(s) of the Week – Domaine Paul Buisse Touraine Sauvignon 2016

Alongside the Loire Valley rivers is the vineyard of this lovely white wine on hillsides of clay and limestone. The wine, acclaimed by critics as one of the region’s finest, is pale yellow with tints of green and is 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc. Round and full, it offers hints of white blossoms and exotic fruits. Serve with Loire Valley goat cheese, shellfish, seafood and salads, says Cape Classics. It is 12.5 percent ABV. www.paul-buisse.com

Wine of the Week- Domaine Paul Buisse Touraine AOP Sauvignon Blanc 2016

This moderately priced Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley on the banks of the River Cher in the western part of France, makes a great addition to wine-by-the-glass lists for summer months.

The Paul Buisse vineyards in Touraine are on hillsides along the Loire and Cher rivers, where grapes are grown in soils rich in clay and limestone. Fresh, floral and fruity, the wine reflects the district’s terroir and celebrates summer. The vineyards are spread over 50 acres. Checkout www.paul-bouisse.com and www.capeclassics.com.

 

 

A wine on the wings of a butterfly

From the Loire Valley comes the Saget La Piere Mulonniere L’effet Papillon, a beautiful Chenin Blanc from a family that’s been making wines since 1790 and bought this estate in 2003. The winery is now in its ninth generation. Pasternak Wine Imports introduced it to the U.S. market this past summer

The grapes are picked by hand once they’ve reached optimum ripeness. The wine is fermented and aged on the lees for 13 months and then ages further in French  oak casks.

Hints of white fruits come through as you sip. Think quince, as well as peach, apricots and plums. There’s high acidity and a long finish with notes  of oak, vanilla and licorice. The “butterfly effect”  wine is 13.5% ABV. You’ll want to pair it with fish and shellfish meals. It’s a wine with complexity that also goes well with spicy curries. We enjoyed it as we moved from summer into early fall and suspect it will be a winner year-around!

Wine of the Week – Domaine Paul Buisse Touraine Sauvignon Blanc, 2013

From hillsides overlooking the Loire, Paul Buisse Winery produces this 100% Sauvignon Blanc, fruity and fresh, with scents of white blossoms and beeswax. Round and full-bodied, it reflects the winery’s respect for tradition and use of contemporary winemaking techniques.

This is the fourth generation to create wines from the clay and limestone soil here, celebrating 100 years. The wine is dry, lively, fruit-forward and fresh, and domaine has been called one of the best in the Touraine appellation. It is available from Cape Classics, www.capeclassics.com.