Domaine Estelle Sauvion has been making some of the best Muscadet for years now. Since becoming certified organic in 1996 and using a unique approach of aging the wine in large ‘foudres’ (oak barrels) they are making Muscadet that really delivers a unique experience. Pair with oysters.
Between vegetable farming and tinkering with his motorcycle, Régis Minet makes beautiful, precise, textbook Loire Sauvignon Blanc. You couldn't ask for a better summer white to accompany you poolside or paired with Sage Farm Sterling cheese!
Sparkling Chenin Blanc is one of the best ways to get any party started. This wine is orchard fruited, floral, and spunky - perfect for your next get together. Sebastien Brunet converted his family estate to organics in 2006 and the wines are only getting better for it.
Silex is a rare soil type only found in the Loire that wine geeks will nerd out about forever. Brunet farms the Chenin Blanc for this cuvee on Silex, imparting incredible minerality, structure, and earthiness to this gorgeous pet nat.
Athletes du Vin is a collective of Loire Valley producers that set out on a mission to bring the winemaker's table to you. These are the everyday wines you will find on winemakers tables littered among goat cheese crottin and heaping jars of rillettes. The wines of Athletes du Vin are meant to be opened often and consumed without pretension. Poured out liberally with cherished friends and good food.
Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc spring to mind when discussing Loire Valley wine but have you ever heard of Pineau d’Aunis? This little-known grape is a hidden gem in the Loire valley. A native grape to the region and a true sponge of terroir. It has a reputation for being extremely finicky to grow and by the 1970s there were only 17 hectares of Pineau d'Aunis remaining in the Loire Valley! Recognizing the importance of preserving native varietals from extinction a few winemakers decided Pineau d'Aunis was worth the additional attention to grow and we are glad they did! At Dedalus, we are on a constant hunt for value-driven chillable reds. A staff favorite and a style of wine that pairs with almost anything or nothing at all. Athletes Pineau d'Aunis is packed with crunchy cherry fruit but showcases its savory side delivering waves of sage and black pepper. If you find yourself gravitating towards more youthful expressions of Beaujolais this will be right up your alley!
Craving a truly transportive experience? Throw a slight chill on this bottle, and enjoy at lunchtime with a slice of roasted pheasant terrine, grilled sausages, and cornichons. You won’t be disappointed!
From one of the finest appellations for Cabernet Franc, this Saumur boasts notes of red currants, earth, and pepper. Fresh on the palate yet amply structured, this is a fine Cabernet Franc indeed, pairing beautifully with roast turkey or chicken.
Haut Baigneux Azay le Rideau Rose La Surprise 2020
Inside this bottle, you’ll find Chenin Blanc as it used to be. Picked at maximum ripeness and aged in old barrel, Le Portail showcases an immaculate balance between richness and acidity. Craving white Burgundy with a wild edge? Here’s your play. Pair with funky cheeses or butter poached seafood.
Fief Noir believes authenticity and simplicity are the keys to exceptional winemaking. This Chenin Blanc, they say, belongs to the earth just as much as it belongs to the consumer. Check out this bottle to experience the winemaking philosophy of Fief Noir and for a delicious, orchard-fruited Chenin.
Pineau d’Aunis is a finicky grape that almost resulted in a complete extinction in the 70’s but local farmers saved it. Bright red fruit, white pepper, and low tannins make this a great summer glou-glou. Try with flatbread and hummus or some honey-harissa chicken wings.
This light, spunky red is one of the most exciting summer arrivals year in and year out. Made from Grolleau, a rare native grape to the region, it is mineral-driven and snappy like a great Cab Franc with so much more drinkability. Think black pepper, bright cranberry, and agave. Drink cool.
Arnaud Lambert’s wines are terroir driven. His vineyard sites are elevated and cool. The soils are tuffeau, the signature soft limestone of the region, which lends beautiful mineral character to the wine. The bright acidity and well rounded fruit character adds balance to this elegant Chenin Blanc.
Although known for his Pet-Nats, Frantz Saumon’s Melon de Bourgogne is a refreshing take on the variety. Organic and biodynamic practice are put to use to allow the fruit to truly shine to its highest potential. This terroir focused wine is energetic, crisp, and works well with a variety of seafood.
If you’re having oysters, cheese, or a bad day, this lovely Pet Net from Les Capriades will be just the ticket. Made with mostly Chenin Blanc and a tiny bit of Cabernet Franc, you’ll encounter lovely limestone minerality with bursts of lemon zest. A sparkle of sweetness rounds it out into something truly special.
During his lifetime Charles Joguet revealed the potential that the terroir of Chinon is capable of. Rather than blending grapes from separate sites, he understood that different vineyards require different vinifications. Les Varennes du Grand Clos is a slope of siliceous clay and limestone, and is renowned for its finesse.
This wine is made within the Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire appellation but is intentionally declassified as Vin de France. Aged on the lees, the wine is richly textured, saline, juicy, and bright. The perfect pairing for shrimp scampi!
Le Petit Saint Vincent Saumur Champigny Les Poyeux 2016
4th generation vigneron, Dominique Joseph, is farming some of the most prized parcels of Cabernet Franc to make this bottle. With perfectly southwest facing vines, these grapes are treasured. Well balanced with notes of green pepper, ripe plums, and thyme, this wine is easily enjoyed with pizza.
Food friendly, versatile and perfect with a slight chill. They're BBQ All-Stars.