2002 Luneau-Papin Domaine Pierre de la Grange Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Excelsior Clos des Noelles, France, Loire Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2002
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

This is a top of the line Muscadet.  It was $25 back on release and I doubt it costs much more than that today.  Muscadets are some of the best values in the wine world.  At age 16, this one was gorgeous.  Medium golden in color.  The nose has crushed shells and a salinity to it.  Very nice.  On the palate, this has a wonderful texture.  Its all about the minerals.  Complex and deep.  Great with lighter foods.  Good balance.  Nice finish.  

2016 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine La Pépiè, France, Loire Valley, Muscadet, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

As I have said many times, Muscadet, from the best producers, is the single greatest value in the wine world today.  Pépière is certainly one of those producers.  This costs around $15.  It can be stored in a cellar for a decade or more, but is great right now.  Light golden in color.  The nose is all about sea shells and minerals with a whiff of salinity.  On the palate, this is light bodied.  Dry.  The minerals carry thru.  Of course, great with shell fish but just about any other lighter summer fare as well.  It works well with anything that a White Burgundy would work with only this is

2005 Luneau-Papin / Domaine Pierre de la Grange Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Le "L" d'Or, France, Loire Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Pop and pour.  Gorgeous wine for $15.  One of the great wine values in the world.  Can it age?  At age 13, I think it is a bit improved but certainly it has been harmed by cellaring.  Light golden in color.  The nose has great salinity.  Sear air, crushed shells/minerals and slight lime.  On the palate, this is deep and complex.  Crushed shells and minerals with some citrusy notes.  Nice finish.  Worked great with food.  should have bought more but the new versions are great as well.  

2005 Domaine Pascal Cotat Sancerre Les Monts Damnés, France, Loire, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

A lot of people question whether cellaring white wine makes any sense.  This is one white that not only lasts but improves in the cellar.  At 13 years from vintage, this showed wonderfully with nothing "past prime" at all.  Medium golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has a nice minerality to it with plenty of depth.  Also come melon (cantaloupe) and a bit of salinity.  On the palate, this is complex.  Slightly oily texture.  Notes of minerals, sea shells, but nice melon and peach fruit.  But the minerality was sublime.  Good acidity.  Long finish.  Went quite well with a spring sala

2013 Domaine François Cotat (Paul & François) Sancerre Les Monts Damnés, France, Loire - Wine Review

Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Seems to be in a bit of a dumb phase right now.  Don't get me wrong, it is quite good but not as good as it can be.  Light golden in color.  The nose has some grapefruit and nice minerality.  A bit of salinity.  On the palate, this is good but not breaking out any complexities.  Nice grapefruit and minerals.  Good texture.  Excellent with food.  As good it is today, I would hold for a year or two or 8 and patience will be rewarded.  

2014 Domaine de l'Ecu (Guy Bossard) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Gneiss, France, Loire Valley - Wine Review

Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Nuscadets represent some of the best values in the wine world.  This producer is so consistently good and the wines are ubiquitous it seems.  Light golden in color.  The nose is very nice with crushed shells and a nice sea air salinity.  On the palate, great minerality.  There is some lime fruit, but this is about the minerals.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  Perfect with sea food.  Usually found under $20.  

2016 Jean Reverdy et Fils Sancerre La Reine Blanche, France, Loire Valley - Wine Review

Score: 
91
Grade: 
A

Always one of the better Sancerre's from the home of Sauvignon Blanc.  This one is a bit surprising though.  Blind, I might have guessed New Zealand.  The nose has that gooseberry quality and very fresh.  On the palate, the gooseberry continues thru.  Nice acidity.  Plenty of verve.  Should be great with food.  Nice finish.  Always a nice value.  

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