Loire

  • Vouvray Mousseux Brut

    Vouvray Mousseux Brut

    Vouvray Mousseux Brut - citric aromas and yeasty undertones precede a palate of fresh orchard fruit with a lively mousse and a clean, dry finish.

    • Bottle £14.25
    • Bottle Case £171.00
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  • Montlouis-sur-Loire: Domaine des Liards Mousseux Brut

    Montlouis-sur-Loire: Domaine des Liards Mousseux Brut

    Citric aromas and yeasty undertones precede a palate of sweet orchard fruit. The wine displays a lively mousse and a clean, off-dry finish.

    • Bottle £14.95
    • Bottle Case £179.40
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  • Saumur Mousseux Brut

    Saumur Mousseux Brut

    Classic, toasty, aromas precede a palate of ripe orchard fruit. The fresh, lively mousse gives way to a clean, crisp finish.

    • Bottle £12.50
    • Bottle Case £150.00
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  • Crémant de Loire Mousseux Brut

    Crémant de Loire Mousseux Brut

    Crémant de Loire Mousseux Brut - a rosé wine with an appealing coral pink colour, this delicate fizz displays rosehip and redcurrant flavours and a soft, seductive effervescence.

    • Bottle £12.95
    • Bottle Case £155.40
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  • Vin Mousseux de Qualité: Cuvée les Tonnelles

    Vin Mousseux de Qualité: Cuvée les Tonnelles

    An excellent sparkling rosé wine with vivid red berry aromas and a dry, crisp palate.

    • Bottle £13.25
    • Bottle Case £159.00
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  • Savennières: Château d’Epiré 2009

    Savennières: Château d’Epiré 2009

    This classic Savennières wine has a complex bouquet of wild flowers, sherry flora and chalk dust and a generous palate of ripe orchard fruit with subtle undertones of honey and minerals prior to a long, dry elegant finish.

    • Bottle £16.95
    • Bottle Case £203.40
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  • Savennières: Château d’Epiré 'Mœlleux' 2009

    Savennières: Château d’Epiré 'Mœlleux' 2009

    This wonderfully honeyed, sweet Savennières has an alluring bouquet of stewed pears, beeswax and fleurs blanches and a ripe, rounded, terrifically textured palate of grilled nuts and orchard fruit with an underlying acidity and subtle mineral nuances.

    • Bottle £19.95
    • Bottle Case £239.40
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  • Gros Plant du Pays Nantais: Domaine de la Mortaine 2011

    Gros Plant du Pays Nantais: Domaine de la Mortaine 2011

    Pale, crisp and bone dry with a clean, almost briney, palate and delicate ‘sea air’ bouquet.

    • Bottle £9.50
    • Bottle Case £114.00
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  • Saumur Rouge 2011

    Saumur Rouge 2011

    Our consistently reliable red Saumur, with its distinctive label that depicts graffito of Charles de Gaulle, makes for remarkably versatile easy drinking.

    • Bottle £9.75
    • Bottle Case £117.00
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  • Bourgueil: Vaumoreau 2007

    Bourgueil: Vaumoreau 2007

    Ruby red with a brick pink rim. Aromas and flavours of ‘cut-pepper’, blackberries and mushrooms are supported by ripe tannins preceding a complex, mouth filling finish. It should be decanted and served with grilled meats, game or strong, hard cheeses.

    • Bottle £26.00
    • Bottle Case £312.00
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  • Bourgueil: Les Cent Boisselées 2009

    Bourgueil: Les Cent Boisselées 2009

    'Les Cent Boisselées' is a mid-weight, forward and fruity Bourgueil wine from 100% Cabernet Franc. With juicy cassis flavours and pleasant blackberry leaf and mushroom aromas, its structured tannins will support some bottle age.

    • Bottle £14.25
    • Bottle Case £171.00
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  • Vouvray Demi-Sec 2011

    Vouvray Demi-Sec 2011

    An authentic, off-dry Vouvray (Demi-Sec) with green apple flavours and excellent palate-cleansing acidity.

    • Bottle £12.25
    • Bottle Case £147.00
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  • Coteaux du Layon: Château la Tomaze 2012

    Coteaux du Layon: Château la Tomaze 2012

    A clear, pale wine with delicate rose petal aromas. A lightly honeyed palate with citrus fruit notes precedes a long, clean finish.

    • Bottle £13.50
    • Bottle Case £162.00
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  • Coteaux du Layon Rablay: Château la Tomaze 2010

    Coteaux du Layon Rablay: Château la Tomaze 2010

    Coteaux du Layon Rablay from Château la Tomaze - a pale golden taffeta textured wine with a delightful rose petal bouquet. The charming orchard fruit flavours with underlying honeyed notes and a light, fresh acidity give incredible finesse.

    • Bottle £15.95
    • Bottle Case £191.40
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  • Jasnières: Domaine de la Charrière Raisins Nobles 2009

    Jasnières: Domaine de la Charrière Raisins Nobles 2009

    A succulent palate of sweet orchard fruit is offset by a clean acidity. The unique smooth taste displays rich, hazelnut and sherry-like flavours which develop on the palate as the wine matures. In the finest vintages it is headily decadent with complex mineral undertones and succulent, honeyed tinges.

    • Bottle £21.00
    • Bottle Case £252.00
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  • Chinon: Château de Ligré Rouge 2011

    Chinon: Château de Ligré Rouge 2011

    Subtle blackberry leaf aromas precede a palate of bright berry and red cherry fruit with light tannins and a crisp, palate-cleansing acidity. A good red for light chilling to accompany picnics and impromptu kitchen table lunches.

    • Bottle £12.95
    • Bottle Case £155.40
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  • Saint Pourçain: Domaine de Chinière 2012

    Saint Pourçain: Domaine de Chinière 2012

    Delicate, light, decently dry quaffable rosé, the Saint Pourçain La Chinière offers a soft rose petal bouquet and pleasantly crisp acidity on the palate.

    • Bottle £9.95
    • Bottle Case £119.40
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  • Saint Pourçain: Cuvée Printanière 2012

    Saint Pourçain: Cuvée Printanière 2012

    This popular, mid-weight white wine from the Auvergne has subtle citrus aromas, fresh, zesty fruit flavours and a crisp and clean finish.

    • Bottle £9.95
    • Bottle Case £119.40
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  • Saumur Rouge: Domaine Filliatreau Château Fouquet 2012

    Saumur Rouge: Domaine Filliatreau Château Fouquet 2012

    Fred Filliatreau's red Saumur Château Fouquet that comes from vines just outside the Saumur Champigny appellation seems to be getting better with every vintage that we ship. It is a ripe rounded Cabernet Franc with some light minerally nuances that should be drunk within a couple of years, preferably al fresco with a plate of cheese or charcuterie!

    • Bottle £12.50
    • Bottle Case £150.00
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  • Menetou Salon: Domaine Jean Teiller Blanc 2012

    Menetou Salon: Domaine Jean Teiller Blanc 2012

    A delightfully fruity white Menetou Salon wine with delicate floral aromas. The atypically ripe, juicy style of Loire Sauvignon is almost certainly influenced by the year that Patricia Teiller and husband Olivier Luneau (who now run the estate) spent winemaking in New Zealand.

    • Bottle £14.25
    • Bottle Case £171.00
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  • Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie: Domaine de la Mortaine 2012

    Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie: Domaine de la Mortaine 2012

    There's Muscadet, and then there's Muscadet. The Chereau's bone dry Muscadet 'de Sevre et Maine' and 'Sur Lie' has been consistently excellent since we first shipped it 40 years ago. The wine itself has a pale colour, slightly saline ‘sea breeze’ scents and a zesty palate-tingling, life-enhancing acidity, having over-wintered on its fine lees before bottling, which imparts a subtle prickle of carbon dioxide.

    • Bottle £9.95
    • Bottle Case £119.40
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  • Vouvray Moelleux 2011

    Vouvray Moelleux 2011

    A luscious, honeyed Vouvray wine with excellent acidity and good ageing potential.

    • Bottle £13.95
    • Bottle Case £167.40
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  • Cabernet d'Anjou: Château La Tomaze 2012

    Cabernet d'Anjou: Château La Tomaze 2012

    Cabernet d'Anjou from Château La Tomaze - salmon-pink in colour, with fresh, inviting, crushed-raspberry aromas, the merest hint of pepper, and a juicy palate for carefree summer drinking.

    • Bottle £9.75
    • Bottle Case £117.00
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  • Saumur Champigny: Domaine Filliatreau 2012

    Saumur Champigny: Domaine Filliatreau 2012

    The Saumur Champigny: Domaine Filliatreau is a classic, cool-climate Cabernet Franc with a lovely, summer-berry bouquet and a juicy, red fruit palate offset by ripe, youthful tannins.

    • Bottle £12.25
    • Bottle Case £147.00
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  • Fillibulle 2012

    Fillibulle 2012

    Delicately dry, yet flamboyantly fruity, Fred Filliatreau’s rare, artisanal vintage bubbly makes for a sensational Summer sundowner.

    • Bottle £14.95
    • Bottle Case £179.40
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  • Sancerre: Domaine André Vatan 'Maulin Bèle Rosé 2012

    Sancerre: Domaine André Vatan 'Maulin Bèle Rosé 2012

    A beautiful pale (saignée) Sancerre Rosé wine with a classic nose of red berry-fruit and a crisp palate with juicy redcurrant flavours and an elegant, dry, long, lingering finish.

    • Bottle £15.75
    • Bottle Case £189.00
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  • Pouilly-Fumé: Les Loges 2012

    Pouilly-Fumé: Les Loges 2012

    Dominique Guyot produces this bright, rich, rounded Pouilly Fumé from the 'Les Loges' commune, which is the sweet spot of the appellation. Bracing citrus fruit flavours with underlying 'wet pebble' mineral notes precede a long elegant finish.

    • Bottle £14.95
    • Bottle Case £179.40
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  • Chinon: l'Arpenty 2012

    Chinon: l'Arpenty 2012

    Chinon l'Arpenty from Francis Desbourdes is packed full of youthful, berry fruit and was memorably described by Joanna Simon as being like ‘liquid summer pudding’. It has supple tannins that lend it well to light chilling. In short it is a delicious and failsafe crowd-pleaser.

    • Bottle £13.25
    • Bottle Case £159.00
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  • Saumur Blanc 2012

    Saumur Blanc 2012

    This crisp, white Saumur wine that is produced from Chenin blanc on the chalky soils of Anjou is a firm favourite with Yapp customers and staff alike. This may have something to do with the eye-catching Charles de Gaulle label, but more likely is because it's a refreshing, fruity, bon marché crowd-pleaser that makes for an ideal aperitif or partner to salads.

    • Bottle £9.75
    • Bottle Case £117.00
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  • Vouvray Liquoreux 1989

    Vouvray Liquoreux 1989

    Exceptional, sweet Loire Chenin from a respected independent producer in a fantastic vintage. This rare, fully mature sweet Chenin has complex orchard fruit aromas and flavours underscored by a fine acidity that along with its natural sugars and careful cellaring has ensured its remarkable longevity.

    • Bottle £45.00
    • Bottle Case £540.00
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  • Vouvray Sec 2012

    Vouvray Sec 2012

    A benchmark Chenin from this historic appellation, the refreshingly oak-free Vouvray Sec from Domaine Aubert has a classic Bramley apple bouquet and a lovely crisp clean orchard fruit palate. Drinking well now but, like most Chenin, will age gracefully.

    • Bottle £12.25
    • Bottle Case £147.00
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  • Clos du Papillon Soulez 1978

    Clos du Papillon Soulez 1978

    A rare example of a fully mature dry Chenin Blanc from a highly-regarded, independent estate. Still an attractive, clear, straw colour with a bouquet of wild flowers and subtle sherry-like notes this shows amazing vigor for a 35 year-old wine. A long, complex and persistent palate of grilled nuts and minerals ends with a bone-dry, slightly saline finish.

    • Bottle £45.00
    • Bottle Case £540.00
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  • Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil: l'Expression 2011

    Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil: l'Expression 2011

    Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil: 'L'Expression' is a forward-drinking, capsicum-scented Cabernet Franc that has a lovely concentration of fruit and a really persistent finish.

    • Bottle £12.50
    • Bottle Case £150.00
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  • Saumur Champigny: Vieilles Vignes 2009

    Saumur Champigny: Vieilles Vignes 2009

    A rich and powerful wine displaying herbaceous aromas. The palate, of ripe red berries and ‘cut pepper’ and well developed, rounded tannins, precedes a long, clean finish.

    • Magnum £39.95
    • Magnum Case £239.70
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  • Menetou Salon: Domaine Jean Teiller Pinot Noir 2012

    Menetou Salon: Domaine Jean Teiller Pinot Noir 2012

    A benchmark Pinot Noir from Domaine Jean Teiller with red berry fruit flavours, supple tannins and a racy acidity.

    • Bottle £13.95
    • Bottle Case £167.40
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  • Saumur Champigny: Vieilles Vignes 2011

    Saumur Champigny: Vieilles Vignes 2011

    A rich and powerful wine displaying herbaceous aromas. The palate, of ripe red berries and ‘cut pepper’ and well developed, rounded tannins, precedes a long, clean finish.

    • Bottle £16.95
    • Bottle Case £203.40
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  • Anjou La Lune 2012

    Anjou La Lune 2012

    Marc Angeli's principal cuvee in volume terms, is a Chenin Blanc called 'La Lune' that has a wonderful 'pear flan' bouquet and a rich, complex palate of dried fruits and grilled nuts with subtle undertones of honey and vanilla.

    • Bottle £19.95
    • Bottle Case £239.40
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  • Quincy: Jerôme de la Chaise 2013

    Quincy: Jerôme de la Chaise 2013

    This Quincy wine from Jerôme de la Chaise has an excellent nose with classic elderflower aromas. The palate is full of crisp, zesty white currant fruit and minerally tastes, and leads to a long, elegant, dry finish.

    • Bottle £13.25
    • Bottle Case £159.00
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  • Sancerre: Domaine André Vatan 'Maulin Bèle' Rouge 2011

    Sancerre: Domaine André Vatan 'Maulin Bèle' Rouge 2011

    A pleasant raspberry bouquet supported by a vibrant, fruity palate. Juicy red berry flavours accompany cooler, minerally undertones.

    • Bottle £15.75
    • Bottle Case £189.00
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  • Jasnières: Clos Saint Jacques 2012

    Jasnières: Clos Saint Jacques 2012

    With a light, fruity palate when young, this dry Jasnières wine obtains a unique smooth taste as it matures. In the finest vintages it is headily decadent with complex mineral undertones and succulent, honeyed tinges.

    • Bottle £15.95
    • Bottle Case £191.40
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  • Reuilly 2013

    Reuilly 2013

    This Reuilly from Gérard Cordier is a fantastic, understated Sauvignon Blanc. Alluring elderflower scents and a zesty, whistle-clean, bone-dry palate.

    • Bottle £12.25
    • Bottle Case £147.00
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  • Reuilly: Pinot Gris 2013

    Reuilly: Pinot Gris 2013

    This Reuilly: Pinot Gris is a crisp, youthful rosé wine with a very pale, onion-skin colour. Subtle scents of redcurrants and rose-hips, and a crisp, dry palate of summer berries.

    • Bottle £12.25
    • Bottle Case £147.00
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  • Savennières: Coulée de Serrant 2011

    Savennières: Coulée de Serrant 2011

    Savennières: Coulée de Serrant - a wonderfully complex, dry white wine commonly regarded as the ‘nec plus ultra’ of the appellation. Warming vanilla aromas and flavours of nuts and honey slowly unfurl on the palate and develop with ageing. A sophisticated, contemplative wine that merits wider recognition.

    • Bottle £74.00
    • Bottle Case £888.00
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  • Sancerre: Domaine André Vatan 'Les Perriers' Blanc 2013

    Sancerre: Domaine André Vatan 'Les Perriers' Blanc 2013

    Sancerre Les Perriers from André Vatan is a benchmark white Sancerre wine with a classic elderflower bouquet and a lean, zesty palate. It's the Sancerre 'de choix' of many a Michelin-starred restaurant, so if you'd like to experience 'best in class', this is your man.

    • Bottle £15.95
    • Bottle Case £191.40
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  • Saint Pourçain: La Ficelle 2013

    Saint Pourçain: La Ficelle 2013

    Designed for early drinking, this supple red Loire wine displays raspberry and violet aromas followed by light, redcurrant fruit on the palate.

    • Bottle £9.95
    • Bottle Case £119.40
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  • Montlouis-sur-Loire: Domaine des Liards Sec 2013

    Montlouis-sur-Loire: Domaine des Liards Sec 2013

    Domaine des Liards Montlouis-sur-Loire Sec - clean, green apple and grapefruit aromas precede a zesty, citric palate. This excellent example of Chenin Blanc has a bright, refreshing acidity and crisp, dry finish.

    • Bottle £13.25
    • Bottle Case £159.00
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  • Menetou Salon: Domaine Jean Teiller Rosé 2013

    Menetou Salon: Domaine Jean Teiller Rosé 2013

    Pale salmon in colour, this delicate, dry rosé wine from Domaine Jean Teiller has a palate is redolent of raspberries and strawberries prior to a clean, fresh finish.

    • Bottle £14.25
    • Bottle Case £171.00
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  • Saumur Champigny: La Grande Vignolle 2011

    Saumur Champigny: La Grande Vignolle 2011

    A mid-weight, ripe, rounded Cabernet Franc. A wonderful concentration of brambly fruit is underpinned by supple tannins.

    • Bottle £12.95
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Loire wines

Loire Wine

The Loire Valley is the longest river valley in France, stretching nearly 1000 km from its source in the Massif Central to its mouth on the Atlantic coast at Nantes. The river meanders through varied terrain that is reflected in the region’s broad range of wine styles which, in turn, compliment its fantastic variety of cuisine:- vibrant Sauvignon Blanc in the east of the valley, earthy reds from Cabernet Franc and wonderfully versatile whites from Chenin Blanc in the Touraine, sweet botrysised wines of Coteaux de Layon and crisp, refreshing Muscadet and Gros Plant from the windswept plains of the Nantais. The whites act as aperitifs, accompaniments to salads, fish or chicken whilst the reds lend themselves well to charcuterie, grilled meats and cheeses. The sweet Chenins round matters off as an ideal match to fruit desserts and blue cheese.

Quick and Easy Guide to Loire wine

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Overview:
At 1,000km the Loire is the longest river valley in France, meandering through varied terrain that is reflected in the region’s broad range of wine styles and fantastic variety of cuisine.

Area Under Vine:
70,000 hectares, France’s 4th largest area under vine.

Key AOCs:
Muscadet, Layon, Saumur, Vouvray, Chinon, Bourgeuil & Sancerre.

Principal grapes:
Chenin blanc, Sauvignon, Pinot Noir & Cabernet Franc.

Notable domaines:
Vatan, Dageneau, Huet, Filliatreau, Joly & Fesles.

Local delicacies:
Rillettes (potted pork), rillons (deep-fried pork fat), chèvre de chavignol (goat’s cheese), champignons, sandre (pike-perch).

Restaurants we like:
Le Cigale (Nantes), Le Petit Patrimoine (Tours), Les Forges de Saint-Pierre (Saumur) & Aux P’tits Oignons (Angers).

Famous people from the region:
Rabelais, Jules Verne, Henri Rousseau & Coco Chanel.

Things to do:
Château creep, notably Chenonceau, Chambord, Azay-le-Rideau and (the garden at) Villandry; punt a canot at Chinon; scoff oysters in Nantes; sip Cointreau in Angers; visit the celebrated Combier distillery in Saumur; cycle along the river towpath; chill out in a troglodyte cave.

Bien classique:
Sancerre ‘Les Perriers’ blanc: Domaine Vatan

Autre chose:
Saumur Champigny ‘Vieilles Vignes’: Domaine Filliatreau.