Tag Archives: Loire Valley

Wine of the Week -M De Mulonniére Chenin Blanc 2015

Chateau De La Mulonniére began making wine in 1860. In 2002, the Saget family acquired the estate, focusing on the terroir and traditional flora.

Their second wine, the M label, introduces wine lovers to the wines of the Anjou. The Saget family comes from Pouilly-sur-Loire and, as they put it, “sought other treasures that our beautiful wine reigon could offer.”

This lovely wine, which some call the next great white wine, is from Anjou (Loire Valley) and composed of 100 percent Chenin Blanc. We’re big fans of it and would like to see it on more wine by the glass lists.
The grapes are hand harvested from schist and clay vineyards, vinified with slow maceration at low temperature and aged in barrels for nine months.

There are hints of almond, acacia, grape and honey. Wine Spectator, which recently gave the wine 89 points, detected ginger, quince and yellow apples.

We found it soft and engaging, balanced and long lasting. The wine, like its sister Loire wines, reflect the accessibility of the region, and the value they offer to both restaurants/bars and to their guests. The wine is imported by Pasternak Wine Imports.

Wine of the Week: Joseph Mellott Sancerre

Open Joseph Mellot Sancerre Domaine De Bellecours 2013  a lovely wine from the Loire Valley in France, where, in 1698, Cesar Mellot advised Louis XIV on his personal choice of wines, as we move into Spring and discover a classic.

The family has been producing wines since the 1500s and was the very first winery to receive ISO 14001 certification in 2009 for its continued efforts to improve the environment. It was recognized for a long and distinguished history and its sustainable practices.

This wine, priced at retail in the mid-teens, reflects the soils of its region, rich in clay and limestone:

–  Siliceous clay soils on the hills in the eastern vineyards.

– “Caillottes”, very stony and calcareous.

– “Terres blanches” which are white and clay-limestone based.  The soil is enriched with compost.

The region is known for Sauvignon Blanc grapes from which Sancerre is produced, and Pinot Noir from which the red wines are made.

Early on in the effort to be sustainable, Joseph Mellot became as groundbreaker, reducingthe number of vine protection products to use only those with the least toxicity, and cartons are made from recycled paperboard.

In 2009, Joseph Mellot had carbon footprint and product assessments made to measure and reduce greenhouse gases. More recently, in 2013, the winery decided to reduce its CO2 emissions by 15% by using multilayer PET bottles for some of its white wines because they were lighter and cut by one-third the environmental impact of bring the wines to market, he says. The winery’s Sancerre offers notes of soft citrus, lemony and grassy.

Mellot today owns vineyards in all the region’s appellations and is known for continually perfecting and growing the family business.


Wine of the Week – La Petite Perriere Rosé 2014

This La Petite Perriere from the Central Loire Valley of France offers a beautiful and refreshing start to Spring and Summer rosé drinking. Saget La Perriere, the winemakers, views this as one of its banner wines. It is nicely balanced with subtle scents of raspberry, Morello cherry and hints of rose petals and nice minerality. Lively and bright, it invites us to enjoy the season.

The Saget family has been making wines since 1790. A newer designation, Vins de France, led them to explore and find the balance between the fruitiness of Southern varieties and their acidity when produced in Northern regions. This rosé is 12 percent ABV with a suggested retail price of $13.99. Visit www.pasternakwine.com for more information.