Benoit Daridan, Cheverny Rouge 2020Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Pinot Noir and Gamay
Benoit Daridan took over the family winery in 2001 after many years of study and work experience around the world. As the seventh generation to take over the small 15 hectare farm, Benoit has worked tirelessly to protect and promote the family traditions of passion for the regions terror. The vineyard is perfectly positioned between arguably the Loire Valley’s most two most famous properties: Chateau de Cheverny and Chateau de Chambord. While most of the vineyard is made up of young vines, they do pride themselves on a tiny two hectare plot of 50 year old vines.
You would think this wine was from the region of Burgundy based on its blend and style, but it is a fresher, possibly softer version coming from similar soil types in the ancient Loire Valley. It is mostly Pinot Noir with a little Gamay added; a Loire version of the Burgundy Passetoutgrain.
Catherine et Pierre Breton, Val de Loire Grolleau 2020Regular price $35.00 Save $-35.00
As the wine world talks about Catherine and Pierre Breton, one will hear them referenced as "real life bon vivants vignerons." I love this description so much as it perfectly captures the soul of this married couple. From the beginning, they have truly wanted to have fun in life and to make unadulterated natural wines long before the hipness of the natural wine scene took hold. Recently, they started the three-year process of seeking biodynamic certification. In fact, they have become international icons for the natural wine movement in an area where the climate and soil can make organic practices difficult. They are based in Bourgueil in the Loire Valley and have an impressive spread of vineyards ranging in soils and vine age. One might say the innovative couple is well ahead of the game and doing it with charm and grace.
Grolleau is one of the varieties from the Loire Valley simply flying under the radar. It is light and fruity, not unlike Gamay. This comes from 60 year old vines and is treated similarly to Beaujolais as it undergoes three weeks of carbonic maceration.
La Croix de Chaintres, Saumur-Champigny 2018Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Cabernet Franc
Hailing from the central Loire Valley comes the small standout appellation of Saumur Champigny. Named for the city of Saumur and the village of Champigny, it’s nestled between Bourgueil, Chinon, and Anjou. This is an area famed for its Cabernet Franc, but Saumur Champigny is an exception to the typical style. The wines are less rustic and tannic, more light and fresh. Instead of ageing in concrete, this Cabernet Franc ages in stainless steel tanks. The screw-cap closure allows the wine to retain its freshness, instilling its drink-me-now mentality. The history of the La Crois de Chaintres began four generations ago; father Paul and son Frédrik built up this estate to where it is today. Frédrik continues to steer the winery in a more natural direction; he employs sustainable farming and has converted more than half of the vines to organic practices.