LOIRE LOVELIES: Brézé Saumur Rouge & Gadais Muscadet

2016 CHATEAU BRÉZÉ Saumur Rouge “Clos Mazurique”
$17.95 bottle/ $172.00 case
I could go on and on about this beautiful, elegant organic/biodynamic Loire cabernet franc which we’ve carried for the last 5 vintages, but I’ll let the NYT’s Eric Asimov say it all for me, from his recent “20 Wines Under $20” column….
“The cabernet franc wines of the Loire have been perennially great values, and this remains true even though wine writers have for years been desperately trying to give away the secret. Arnaud Lambert of Château de Brézé is among the leading vignerons raising the level of quality in the Saumur region. The lovely Clos Mazurique is rich, spicy, earthy and floral, characterized more by its acidity than its tannins.”

2015 PIERRE HENRI GADAIS Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie
$10.95 bottle/ $105.00 case
White wine from the Muscadet appellation near the Atlantic Ocean in western France has long been the classic choice for drinking with bounty from the sea, especially fresh oysters. The chalky, wet stone minerality, zesty citrus notes, and salinity inherent in these wines matches perfectly with shellfish and lightly cooked white fish. This version, at an astonishingly great price, is an absolutely spot on rendition. Organically farmed from estate grapes grown by 5th generation vigneron Pierre Henri, this is bright, über-fresh, with laser-like focus and brilliant beams of fruit, and a zap of acidity on the finish, showing just how good these wines can be. I am completely smitten with this beauty, have bought 2 cases for myself to enjoy over the next several months. Easily the best bang-for-the-buck Muscadet in town, and the best value melon de bourgogne (the grape from which Muscadet is made) I’ve possibly ever had. It is that good!!
MORE INFO ON GADAIS: http://www.apswine.com/estates-2/pierre-henri-gadais/

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