Domaine Pierre Luneau-Papin

The legend tells of how the juice of 1976, superb and silky, slept for 10 years on its fine lees. Ten years of rest: gaining weight, softness, minerality, preserved fruit tones and spice. Through the passing of seasons and decades, one truth has become clear: the quality of this region’s unique, single-varietal Melon de Bourgogne. Introduced by Burgundian monks […]

Domaine Masson-Blondelet

“One of the best Pouilly Domaines.” – Clive Coates, MW, “An Encyclopedia of the Wines and Domaines of France” (2000) Domaine Masson-Blondelet is run by Jean-Michel Masson, his wife Michelle (née Blondelet) and their children Pierre-François and Melanie. The Domaine is 18 hectares in size, planted on the best sites in the heart of the appellation. […]

Domaine Henry Pellé

Menetou-Salon lies about 30 kilometres southwest of Sancerre, at the eastern end of the Loire Valley. It is a surprising fact that the wines are less well-known than those of Sancerre (the “little sister”) given that they are often equal in quality. The whites are made from Sauvignon Blanc, the reds and rosés from Pinot […]

Domaine Vacheron

The Sancerre appellation is situated on porous limestone and hard flint soil near the head of the country’s longest river, the Loire. It’s right in the middle of France, really. Domaine Vacheron is just a ten minute stroll from the centre of town. This is a family winery in the truest sense – it’s also widely […]

Domaine des Baumard

The tiny Savennières appellation sits just south of the city of Angers on the north bank of the Loire, included within the more general appellation of Côteaux de la Loire. The soils and subsoils of Savennières are unusual and complex in this part of the valley: ancient volcanic flows deposited slate, shale, granite, and calcareous rock. As a […]

Domaine Huet

The Vouvray wine region lies six miles to the east of Tours on the right bank of the Loire River. A deep layer of chalk known as tuffeau forms the subsoil for the plateau, with layers of clay and gravel above. Vouvray wines develop remarkable character from this chalk, as well as from the moderate […]