Hi all, hope this is in the right section…
I’m planning a trip to the Loire and am keen to hear any recommendations, particularly of good producers to visit for a group of keen, enthusiastic newbies
I have the following advice from a sommelier that I have a great deal of trust in:
"Some good producers: Jacky Blot who makes ‘Domaine de la taille aux loups’ and a red wine from a different winery I forget the name of is a real pioneer in a small place called Montlouis: he’s making amazing Chenin Blanc and Cremant. I’ve not tried his red (Cab Franc) but reviews are glowing.
Domaine des Beaumards are also forward thinkers (screwcaps for fifteen or twenty years so far, much to the chagrin of most other french people) and they make fantastic chenins around Savennieres (Clos du Papillon Vineyard and Clos de St. Yves. Great botrytised sweet from the Quarts de Chaume vineyard too. They’ll probably be big enough to offer a slick visit.
Francois Cotat is a maverick Sancerre produer. Very cult. I only tried it for the first time a few weeks ago and it’s sweet… Bizarre and like nothing else. Just keep your eyes open for it for curiosity.
For other regions/styles: Aged Cab Francs can be fascinating - maybe try some St. Nicolas de Bourgeuil as an example. Vouvray is some of the longest living white in the world and often comes ‘sec’ (actually more an off-dry style) and Moelleux (sweeter again) but easily holds for twenty/thirty years. Moulin Touchais can age like a dream too. Coulee de Serrant is pretty legendary too.
If you want to try top drawer sauvignon then look out for ‘Silex’ (name of a soil type - flint - but also cult wine), or maybe ‘Baron de L’ Pouilly Fume. Next level stuff. Or any Sancerre from the Monte Damnes vineyard"
So I have a good start but will be very happy to add to the agenda
Thanks in advance!