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.
You’re hosting a party and you want a white wine that will please the crowd and not hurt the wallet. But, you also don’t want some jug-wine plonk from the aisle. Eric Chevalier has you covered. The fourth generation to farm these vineyards in the Atlantic-influenced region of Muscadet in Frances Loire Valley. This bottle is the perfect example of Eric’s ability to create wines of great character and finesse without any bells and whistles just high-quality wine for a little bit of coin.
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.
Ask any sommelier, and they will tell you Chenin Blanc on Schist soil is an absolute dream come true. Here in Anjou, that’s exactly what we’re working with. The mild climate and Maritime influence of Anjou, paired with the mouth watering acidity and gorgeous orchard fruited characters of Chenin Blanc deliver way above its price point.
Château d’Épiré is one of the oldest producers of Chenin Blanc in Savennières and their expertise shows. Classic Chenin on the nose with zingy green apple skin and Meyer lemon. Super bright on the palate with a ton going on...you’ll find a bit of chalk and even more lemon zest. Terrific.
Agnès and René Mosse, along with their sons Joseph and Sylvestre, live and work in the village of St-Lambert-du-Lattay, in Anjou, making this wine out of the grapes Grolleau and Pineau d’Aunis. Although this wine is technically a Pet Nat, it is disgorged by hand and then resealed with a traditional Champagne cork.
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.
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.
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.
Just a few kilometers east of Chinon sits this vineyard site, home to the former studio of the famous American artist, Alexander Calder. The palate is filled with fresh red fruit, minerality, and brilliant acidity.
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.
Thierry Germain is an authority on Cabernet Franc, specifically in Samur Champigny. His strict adherence to organic, biodynamic winemaking helps his wines to come alive. ‘Terres Chaudes’ shows balanced acidity, silky tannins, and bright red fruit, partly due to fermentation in concrete and aging in large vessel oak foudres.
Haut Baigneux Touraine Azay le Rideau Rouge Les Pentes 2017
Hauts Baigneux has created a spectacular blend of some of our favorite Loire grapes. This wine is juicy and has a strong backbone, which is exactly what we crave in a fall red. Pop this one open around the campfire or on that first cold night. Cheers!
For when you’ve had it with Beaujolais… Whole cluster, carbonic maceration Gamay from the Loire! Schist soils provide a backbone of minerality while gamay delivers classic notes of tart cranberry, bright strawberry, and herbs.
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.
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!
Produced in Anjou, but declassified to Vin de France, this wine is breaking rules across the board. Le Rouchefer is a single vineyard bottling from a 1.66 hectare parcel of the same name, and is vinified in oak barrels. This wine is marked by refreshing acidity and a savory salinity on the palate.
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Our conserva selection is inspired by the tiny tapas bars we fell in love with while in Barcelona, San Sebastian, and Madrid.