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THE RSJ WINE LIST – September  2016

The vineyards of the Loire Valley, which stretch from the Massif Central to the Atlantic Ocean, offer a wonderful diversity of wines.  Zinging dry whites; luscious sweet wines; memorable rosés; light quaffing reds; deep coloured and robust reds that age magnificently and fine sparkling wines.  They also offer remarkable value for money.

 

 

 

HOUSE SELECTION

LOIRE WHITE

LOIRE RED

LOIRE SWEET WINES

OTHER REGIONS

NEW WORLD

HALF BOTTLES

 

GRAPE VARIETIES

RECENT VINTAGES

 

 

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HOUSE SELECTION & RECOMMENDATIONS 

 

Constantly changing, but always from a small band of producers that represent particularly good value.  Currently we are showing the delightful white sparkler, the Cremant de Loire from Amelie  & Regis Neau. The white house selection is a ripe organic Sauvignon Blanc from Vincent Roussely. The red is soft and fruity Gamay  also from Vincent. The delightful dry rose is from the Domaine de la Noblaie in Chinon.

 

 

47

2015  Touraine Sauvignon ‘Le Clos’   Vincent Roussely

19.75

189

2014  Touraine  Gamay ‘Canaille’   Vincent Roussely

19.75

190

Cremant de Loire  Domaine de Nerleux   Regis Neau

25.95

81

2015  Chinon  ‘Goutte de Rose’   Domaine de la Noblaie   Jerome Billard

24.50

 

Below is a list, updated at least twice a month, of reasonably priced wines that are excellent quality wines and that showed well at recent tastings. Check out the notes in the main list.

5

2015   Sauvignon   Domaine de Bablut   Christophe Daviau

22.95

9

2014  Anjou Blanc   ‘Petit Prince’  Christophe Daviau

28.95

12

2013  Savennieres  Clos de Coulaine   Claude Papin

27.95

24

2014  Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur  Le   Pierre Luneau

21.50

34

2015  Vouvray Sec   Domaine Champalou

27.50

39

2014  Touraine Chenonceaux  Sauvignon  Vincent Roussely

25.95

60

2015  Quincy   Domaine des Ballandors   Jean Tatin and Chantal Wilk

27.95

62

2014  Sancerre ‘Les Pierris’   Domaine Roger Champault

28.95

69

2014  Pouilly Fumé   Domaine Treuillet

28.95

91

2014 Anjou Cabernet Sauvignon   Frederic Mabileau

24.95

94

2014  Anjou Rouge  La Cerisaie   Yves Guegniard

22.95

95

2014 Anjou Villages  Croix de Mission   Domaine des Rochelles

26.50

107

2014  Saumur Champigny   Domaine de Nerleux   Regis and Amelia Neau

23.95

124

2014  Chinon   Domaine de la Noblaie   Jerome Billard

24.95

125

2014  Chinon ‘Chiens Chiens’  Domaine de la Noblaie   Jerome Billard

26.95

188

2014 Touraine Chenonceaux Rouge   Vincent Roussely

25.95

 

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 LOIRE WHITE 

 

ANJOU - SAUMUR DRY WHITE

 

1

2014  Saumur Blanc   Domaine des Hauts de Sanziers   D Tessier
Organic (Terra Vitis) lovely golden hue, delightful fruit and freshness

21.95

2

2014  Chenin des Rouilleres   Frederic Mabileau
Very low yields – organic – floral orange blossom nose with lovely concentration

25.95

3

2015  Saumur Blanc   Domaine de Nerleux
88% Chenin 12% Chardonnay, hand picked, floral nose with hints of mango

22.95

4

2014  Anjou Blanc   Domaine Richou

Lovely freshness and minerality but nice weight and complexity.

29.95

5

2015  Saunvignon   Domaine de Bablut   Christophe Daviau
Organic, picked at optimum maturity for fuller, slightly exotic flavours.

22.95

6

2014  Anjou Blanc ‘En Chenin’   Domaine Ogereau

Fernented in 500 ltr oak barrels, Intense Floral nose, citric structured mouth

27.95

7

2012  La Roche aux Moines   Claude Papin

Lovely steely minerality with a hint of honey and floral finish

32.95

8

2014  Savennieres  ‘La Bigottiere ‘ D Richou

Lovely ripe fruit, generous full but attractive mineral freshness

32.00

9

2014  Anjou Blanc  ‘Petit Prince’   C. Daviau
Delicate fruity and floral aromas peach, quince elegant complex finish

28.95

10

2011  Anjou Blanc   Les Rogeries   Damaine Richou
Barrel fermented on lees for 12 months. Lovely concentration and minerality

35.95

11

2011  Saumur Blanc   Chenin du Puy   Frederic Mabileau
1 hectare of 45 year old vines, 50% barrel fermentation – exotic fruits with fresh finish

32.50

12

2013  Savennieres  Clos du Coulaine   Claude Papin
Delightful dry honeyed Chenin – rich and complex

27.95

13

2014  Anjou Blanc  ‘Les Pierres Girard’   Yves Guegniard
Complex lime blossom floral nose – soft dried fruits and almond palate

24.95

14

2014  Saumur Blanc   Château de Villeneuve   J.P. Chevalier

The early drinking Cuvée beautifully balanced, ripe and fruity - superb

27.95

15

2012  Saumur Blanc   Les Loups Blancs   Regis Neau

Lovely oak vinified golden white with exotic quince and apricot nose

29.95

16

2012  Savennieres  La Roche aux Moines  M. Laroche

Mother and daughter team, 9 + hectares, organic, fine fruit less steely than previously.

35.95

17

2013  Savennieres  Clos Grand Beaupreau    Yves Guegniard
Elegant honeyed richness, fresh finish and lovely complexity

35.50

18

2013  Savennieres  Clos Grand Beaupreau   Vincent Ogereau
Lovely honeyed minerality, ripe fruit and very good length

35.95

20

2015  Anjou Blanc Chenin Les Rochelles   JY & JH Lebreton

Elegant Chenin Blanc with attractive fruit and nice concentration.

22.96

21

2012  Savennieres   Clos du Grand Beaupreau  Claude Papin
Relatively new vineyard site, now producing fabulous complex dry white

32.95

19

2013  Savennieres  ‘La Croix Picot’  Yves Guegniard

Lovely floral sweetness (honeysuckle) fruity fresh quince and citric finish.

29.75

 

MUSCADET DE SÈVRE ET MAINE

 

The entire production at Domaine de la Grange is sur lie (kept on the lees until bottling to give flavour and freshness) and made in the cleanest and best organised cellars anywhere in France.  The harvest from each vineyard is vinified and matured separately.

 

 

22

1997   Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie   Le ‘L’ d’Or de Luneau
Planted on soil of granite and gneiss, citric backbone ripe fruity finish

59.95

23

2001  Muscadet de Sevre et Maine sur lie   Semper Excelsior

First year of this cuvee from the Clos des Noelles planted in 1945. Terroir driven

52.95

24

2014  Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur lie   Domaine du Verger  Luneau-Papin

Classic Muscadet with good fruit and pure zesty finish

22.50

25

2013  Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur lie   Le Clos des Allee   Luneau-Papin
Old vines and 20% maceration pelliculaire (skin contact) gives extra depth.

25.95

26

2014  Folle Blanche du Pays   Luneau Papin

100% Folle Blanche (Gros Plant) on schistous soil in Vallet lovely fruit and freshness.

21.50

27

2002  Muscadet de Sevre et Maine sur Lie   Semper Excelsior
Always 24-36 months on its lees. Pure expression of schisteous terroir, with long

fruit rich finish

52.95

28

2004  Muscadet de Sevre et Maine sur lie   Semper  Excelsior

65 year old vines, ‘lutte raisonnee’ 36 months in tank, lovely minerality

49.95

30

2005  Muscadet  de Sèvre et Maine sur lie  Le ‘L’ d’Or  Luneau

Lovely richness and concentration somewhat atypical. 45 year old vines in Vallet

45.95

31

2003  Muscadet de Sevre et Maine sur lie   Semper Excelsior
Rich ripe vintage this Grand Cru Muscadet - needs decanting

52.95

 

TOURAINE – DRY WHITE

 

47

2015  Touraine Sauvignon  ‘Le Clos’   Vincent Roussely 

Classic ripe Sauvignon. Another impressive young producer in eastern Touraine.

19.75

39

2014  Touraine  Chenonceaux  Sauvignon   Vincent Roussely
Old vines, oak fermented, rich weighty Sauvignon

25.95

33

2014  Vouvray Sec   La Dilettante   Pierre Breton

Slow vinfication in barrel, lovely mineral character, ripe, fresh and beautifully balanced.

29.50

34

2014  Vouvray Sec  Domaine Champalou

A good vintage for the best growers but care was required. Drinking superbly

27.95

35

2014  Touraine Blanc 'Irreductible'  Vincent Roussely
‘Natural’ wine made from old Sauvignon vines. Elegant and well balanced

27.95

38

2013  Touraine  ‘La Tesniere’  Puzelat – Bonhomme
‘Natural wine’ made from Menu Pineau and Chenin - vinified in old barrels – rich full and lovely balance

35.95

44

2011  Montlouis  ‘Clos de Chenes’   Franz Saumon
Organic production from old vines, unfiltered and no sulphur - honeyed but dry

39.95

46

2011  Vouvray    Clos du Portail   Domaine Champalou

Small parcel of vines, vinified in new oak. Soft ripe honeyed concentration

39.95

49

2010  Chinon Blanc   Domaine de la Noblaie   Jerome Billard
Exotic fruits with a good balance and length

36.95

51

2005  Chinon Blanc   Domaine de la Noblaie   Jerome Billard
Full ripe mature Chenin from a great vintage

45.95

52

2003  Chinon Blanc   Domaine de la Noblaie   Jerome Billard
Lovely mature exotic Chenin with great complexity

49.95

40

2015  Chinon Blanc   Domaine de la Noblaie   Jerome Billard
Hand picked , three passages, citrus white peach nose, fresh finish. Delightful

27.95

56

1990  Chinon Blanc   Domaine de la Noblaie

Wonderful Chenin from great vintage – layers of concentration and beautifully balanced

65.00

 

VOUVRAY

 

43

2013  Vouvray demi sec  Cuvée des Fondraux   Didier Champalou

Absolute delight at the moment, perfection with rich creamy sauces-rich and ripe.

29.95

34

2014  Vouvray Sec  Domaine Champalou

A good vintage for the best growers but care was required - drinking superbly.

27.95

37

1985  Vouvray Sec  Le Haut Lieu   Huet

95.00

50

1959  Vouvray demi-sec  Le Haut Lieu   Huet

149.00

46

2012  Vouvray   Clos de Portail   Domaine Champalou
Small parcel of vines, vinified in new oak. Soft ripe honeyed concentration

39.95

45

1989  Montlouis   Vendange Tardive   Berger

69.95

53

2014Vouvray Demi Sec  Domaine Sylvain Gaudron

31.50

54

2002 Vouvray Demi Sec  Domaine Sylvain Gaudron

69.50

55

1985 Vouvray Demi Sec  Domaine Sylvain Gaudron 

90.00

45

1989  Montlouis  Vendange Tardive  Berger

69.95

 

LOIRE ROSÉ

 

79

2015  Saumur Rose   Domaine de nerleux   Amelie & Regis Neau

Attractive dry fruity rose with good length and flavour.

22.50

81

2015  Chinon  ‘Goutte de Rose’   Domaine de la Noblaie   Jerome Billard

Delightful ripe dry rose with real elegance

24.50

82

2016  Sancerre Rose   Domaine Champault

Made from Pinot Noir, this has a lovely freshness with a good length.

29.95

 

NIVERNAIS - Wines from the upper reaches of the Loire

 

57

2014  Menetou Salon ‘Clos de la Cure’ Domaine Roger Champault

Tiny quantities available, round full and floral

26.95

60

2015 Quincy 'Haute Victoire'  Domaine Henri Bourgeois
Lively elegant Sauvignon with richness & hints of grapefruit

27.95

61

2015  Reuilly Blanc ‘ Les Lignis’  Les Desmoiselles  Tatin 

Attractive floral Sauvignon with nice length and balance

25.95

62

2015  Sancerre  ‘Les Pierris’  Domaine Roger Champault

Increasingly organic, attractive fine and fragrant, nice weight. Delicious.

28.95

68

2013  Menetou Salon  ‘Clos des Blanchais’    Domaine Henri Pelle

Wonderful purity, elegance and richness – benchmark Sauvignon

35.95

69

2015  Pouilly Fumé   Domaine Treuillet

Hints of grapefruit and lychees – good weight with fresh finish.

28.95

70

2014  Sancerre ‘Le M.D.’   Domaine Henri Bourgeois
Ripe concentrated, harvested from the Mont Damnes slopes.

45.95

71

2013  Sancerre  Civee D’Anton  Henri Bourgeois

70 year old vines, biodynamic. 18 months in barrel. Complex layered fruit

49.95

72

2013  Pouilly Fume   Les Demoiselles  Domaine Henri Bourgeois

85% stainless steel, 15% in oak from the Troncais. Aged on fine lees.

45.95

 

NIVERNAIS RED

 

74

2014  Menetou Salon 'Le Parrassy'  Domaine Roger Champault

Lovely fragrant spicy Pinot Noir - red fruits finish

27.50

76

2014  Reuilly Rouge   La Commanderie  Les Desmoiselles  Tatin

Delicious ripe Pinot Noir with real elegance and lovely concentration

27.50

77

2014  Sancerre Rouge  'Les Pierris'  Domaine Roger Champault

Attractive lively Pinot Noir with good concentration.

29.95

78

2012  Sancerre Rouge  ‘Cote de Champtin’  Domaine  Roger Champault

Deep dark red fruits aroma, aged in oak.

40.50

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 LOIRE RED 

 

ANJOU/SAUMUR RED

 

85

2014 Anjou Rouge  ‘Les Merances’ Château de la Roulerie
Full ripe fruit – aged in large barrels for 4 months attractive spicy notes.

25.50

86

1996 Anjou Villages Brissac, Domaine de Bablut   Christophe Daviau
Wonderful mature Cabernet Franc. Dark fruits and toasted almonds

55.00

87

2015  Saumur Rouge  Domaine des Hauts de Sanziers
Organic (Terra Vitis) lovely ripe red – fruity nose, good structured  rounded finish

21.95

88

2013  Anjou Rouge  Domaine Ogereau   Vincent & Emmanuel Ogereau
Delicious ripe fruit – easy drinking – classic Cabernet Franc

22.95

90

2013  Anjou Gamay 'Sur Spilite'   Claude Papin
Full ripe concentrated Gamay with considerable complexity

24.95

91

2014  Anjou Cabernet Sauvignon    Frederic Mabileau 
100% Cabernet Sauvignon. 1 hectare, sand and gravel. Organic, soft and ripe

24.95

92

2010  Anjou Villages  Brissac  Petra Alba   C Daviau
From limestone terroir – fruity powerful red with good structure and finesse

29.95

93

2014  Anjou Gamay   Le Champ de la Pierre   Domaine Richou

Organically made Gamay – floral and spicy with lovely concentration

32.50

94

2014  Anjou Rouge  ‘La Cerisaie   Yves Guegniard
80% Cabernet Franc & 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripe black fruits, good length with attractive finish.

22.95

95

2014 Anjou Villages  Croix de Mission   Domaine des Rochelles
30 year old vines planted in red schiste – lovely weight of soft fruit

26.50

96

2014 Anjou Villages  ‘Breton’   Domaine des Rochelles
80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, - lovely ripe fruit with hint of spice

23,50

99

2011  Anjou Villages  ‘Evanescence’  Yves Guegniard

30 days maceration 18 months in oak, prune and vanilla nose, soft full palate with hint of liquorice. Cabernet Sauvignon

35.95

100

2012  Anjou Villages   ‘Sur Spilite’  Claude Papin

Bottled as ever with Claude by soil type – lovely soft elegance and weight

24.95

101

2011  Anjou Villages   Brissac   ‘Rocca Nigra’  C. Daviau

Cabernet Sauvignon 35 hect/ha  Black fruit and liquorice long tannic finish

32.50

102

2011  Anjou Villages  Cote de la Houssaye   Domaine Ogereau

100% Cabernet Sauvignon, very low yields aged in oak. Ripe and soft.

39.50

103

2008  Anjou Villages  Brissac  Les Millerits   J. Y. Lebreton

Complex black fruits nose, full and oaky with lovely structured finish

45.95

105

2012  Saumur Champigny   Les Loups Noir   Régis Neau

Complex black fruits – nose soft and round with lovely soft tannins

32.50

106

2014  Saumur Champigny   Domaine des Roches Neuves   T. Germain

Lots of ripe fruit and concentration from 25 year old vines.

28.95

107

2014  Saumur Champigny   Domaine de Nerleux   Regis Neau

Wonderful quaffing Champigny by the ever consistent Regis.

23.95

109

2013  Saumur Champigny  ‘Les Chatains’   Regis Neau

Old vines, wonderful concentration of exceptional ripe  fruit - Superb

27.50

110

1997  Saumur Champigny   ‘Le Grand Clos’  J.P Chevallier
Lovely mature fruit, soft with a wonderful concentration

55.00

111

2014  Saumur Champigny  Chateau de Villeneuve  J.P Chevallier

Lovely ripe, juicy fruit with fine balance. Delicious

29.95

113

2011  Saumur Champigny   V.V.  J.P Chevallier

Aged in 500 litre barrels oak of 3 wines, soft round fruit, spicey with hint of liquorice

32.50

119

2011  Saumur Champigny  Le Grand Clos  J.P. Chevalier
Wonderful concentrated  black fruit nose, rich, ripe toasty palate

45.00

 

CHINON

 

124

2014  Chinon 'Le Temps des Cerises'  Domaine de la Noblaie    Jerome Billard
Wonderful red fruits nose – fresh round and fruity

24.95

125

2014  Chinon ‘Chiens Chiens’  Domaine de la Noblaie   Jerome Billard
Ripe and fruity with hints of spice. Vinified partially in oak and stainless steel.

26.95

126

2014  Chinon ‘Les Manteaux’  Domaine de la Noblaie   Jerome Billard
Name of the limestone hill – lovely balanced elegant fruit

29.50

128

2009  Chinon ‘Chiens – Chiens’  Domaine de la Noblaie   Jerome Billard
Lovely ripe fruit – oak aged, wonderful length

45.00

130

2014  Chinon ‘Pierrede Tuf’  Domaine de la Noblaie   Jerome Billard
Lovely ripe black fruits nose. Plump structured mouth.

32.50

131

2009  Chinon ‘Les Blancs Manteaux’  Domaine de la Noblaie   Jerome Billard
Superb vintage – great concentration and length

43.95

132

2010  Chinon  ‘Pierre de Tuf’  Domaine de lal Noblaie   Jerome Billard

Wonderful fruit – beautifully balanced with real finesse.

51.95

133

1996   Chinon   Domaine de la Noblaie   Manzagol Billard

Lovely mature Chinon from one of the great vinatges of the modern era.

57.95

134

2005  Chinon ‘Les Blancs Manteaux’  Domaine de la Noblaie   Jerome Billard
60 year old vines – aged 12 months on 500 litre oak barrels. Lovely concentration and length

49.95

135

2003  Chinon ‘Les Blancs Manteaux’  Domaine de la Noblaie   Jerome Billard
Old vines – maturing really well

49.95

136

2009  Chinon ‘Pierre de Tuf’  Domaine de la Noblaie   Jerome Billard
Aged 14 months in oak – rich and powerful with great concentration

49.95

137

2007  Chinon ‘Pierre de Tuf’  Domaine de la Noblaie   Jerome Billard
Charming wine with lovely development and concentration

43.95

138

2005  Chinon ‘Pierre de Tuf’  Domaine de la Noblaie   Jerome Billard
Superb concentration – lovely developed black fruits from great vintage

62.50

 

SAINT NICOLAS DE BOURGUEIL

 

152

2013  St. Nicolas de Bourgueil  La Source   Yannick Amirault
Ripe juicy fruit aged in old oak for short period

29.95

153

2014  St Nicolas de Bourgueil   ‘ Les Rouilleres ‘   Frederic Mabileau

Lovely ripe fruit with good concentration and length – organic

26.50

158

2013  St Nicolas de Bourgueil  ‘ Coutures’   Frederic Mabileau

Made from vines over 40 years old – 9 months in oak. Ripe fruit balanced with soft tannins

35.95

159

2010  St Nicolas de Bourgueil  ‘Les Malgagnes’  Yannick Amirault
2 hectares of 50 year old vines, red fruits and leather nose - elegant fruity finish

42.50

 

BOURGUEIL

 

165

2014  Bourgueil  Diptyque  Domaine de la Chevalerie

Lovely ripe fruit. Elegant and stylish with very good balance.

25.95

166

2015  Bourgueil  ‘La Coudraye‘   Yannick Amirault

Made from old vines, lovely spicy fruit with good concentration and length

32.50

167

2013  Bourgueil  ‘ Racines’   Frederic  Mabileau

Malo in barrel, no filtration. Hints of blackberry and oak. Soft tannins

29.95

170

2011  Bourgueil Cuvee Prestige Lame   Delisle Boucard
Not the power and weight of 09 & 10 but elegant sweet fruit and lovely finesse.

28.50

172

2009  Bourgueil Cuvee Prestige Lame   Delisle Boucard
Lovely blackcurrant and blackberry nose, rich ripe fruit, long finish

42.50

173

2013  Bourgueil  Vieilles Vignes  Lame   Delisle Boucard

Long established domaine still producing excellent quality wines

29.50

174

2011  Bourgueil  Les Quartiers   Y. Amirault

40-50 yr old vines on limestone slopes complex fruit and structure

39.95

175

2011  Bourgueil  Le Grand Clos   Yannick Amirault
Smokey nose, aged in 400 litre barrels for 2 years. Full harmonious, slightly spiced

39.95

178

2011  Bourgueil La Petite Cave   Yannick Amirault
Black cherry nose, bags of concentrated fruit, long gently tannic finish

42.50

 

FIEFS VENDEENS

 

183

2011  Domaine St Nicolas  ‘Les Clous’   Fiefs Vendeens Thierry Michon

Chenin and Chardonnay, ginger, orange blossom notes and lovely minerality

27.95

184

2015  Domaine St Nicolas  ‘Reflets’   Fiefs Vendeens Thierry Michon

60% Pinot Noir, 30% Gamay, 10% Cabernet Franc. Biodynamic. Ripe cherry fruit with lovely structure

27.95

 

COTES DU FOREZ

 

185

2015  La Volcanique   O.Verdier and J. Loge

Wonderful ripe Gamay with purity of structure and minerality – grown organically on volcanic soil in this new appellation in the Auvergue

25.95

 

 

EASTERN TOURAINE

 

182

2014  Touraine Rouge  ‘Irreductible’   Vincent Roussely
Natural' wine - a blend of Cot,Pineau d'Aunis, Cabernet Franc & Gamay from very old vines 

27.95

186

2013  Touraine Gamay   ‘Vigne Françaises’ Marionnet

Pre–phylloxera, ungrafted vines, rich full bodied, perfumed fruit

29.95

188

2014  Touraine Rouge  Chenonceaux  Vincent Roussely
Old parcel of Cabernet, Gamay and Cot, handpicked, matured I French oak barrels

25.94

189

2015  Touraine Gamay  'Canaille'   Vincent Roussely
A Gamay with real weight and zest – wonderful drink all year round

19.75

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 LOIRE VALLEY - SWEET WINE 

 

Outside of Sauternes the Loire Valley is the greatest world producer of non-fortified sweet wine.  The style is somewhat different to most other sweet wines.  Due to the Chenin Blanc grape's high acidity, Layons and Vouvrays, when late picked for botrytis, have a wonderful balance of fresh, clean fruity sweetness and acidity.  Never cloying, these wines can live for many years - 100 years plus in great vintages.  These wines are best drunk with fruit desserts or on their own at the end of a meal or, like the French, as a special aperitif.  They are especially good with blue cheeses and foie gras.

If faulty we will replace the bottle but not the older vintages if the wine is OK. If in doubt ask the waiter or call the manager.

 

THE LAYON, AUBANCE AND COTEAUX de SAUMUR

 

These are several of the main areas for the sweet whites in Anjou.  Both the Layon and Aubance are ambling, somnolent tributaries of the Loire.  When conditions are right they provide the autumnal morning mists that helps botrytis to develop.

 

 

301

2014  Coteaux du Layon  Domaine Ogereau

27.95

303

2011  Coteaux du Layon  Soucherie   Claude Papain (50cl)

35.95

304

2011  Coteaux du Layon  L’Abclaie’  Claude Papin (50cl)

35.95

308

2011  Coteaux de L’Aubance  ‘Grandpierre’ Christophe Daviau 

37.95

315

1990  Coteaux du Layon   St Lambert   Domaine Ogereau (75cl)

95.00

316

2010  Coteaux du Layon   ‘Bon Blanches’   Domaine Ogereau (50cl)

59.95

 

BONNEZEAUX & QUARTS DE CHAUME AND CHAUME

 

These are the two crus of the Coteaux du Layon and the top growers here produce the best wines of the Layon.  Quarts de Chaume has just 30 hectares of vines divided between no more than 10 growers. Bonnezeaux is larger with 80 hectares and the quality is more variable.

 

 

332

2011  Quarts de Chaume  Domaine de la Bergerie   Yves Guegniard (50cl)

45.00

334

1976  Quarts de Chaume  Château de Belle Rive   J. Lalanne (75cl)

90.00

337

1985  Bonnezeaux   Château de Fesles   Boivin (75cl)

95.00

 

VOUVRAY / MONTLOUIS MOELLEUX

 

These appellations lie immediately to the east of Tours, Vouvray on the north bank and Montlouis on the south bank of the Loire.  In favourable years the grapes are affected by botrytis.  Vouvray Moelleux tends to be a little more austere than those from Anjou but has similarly magnificent ageing potential.

 

343

1995  Vouvray Moelleux   Le Marignyy   Bernard Foquet

65.00

344

1995  Vouvray Moelleux    Domaine Champalou

59.95

345

1990  Vouvray Moelleux   Le Marigny   Domaine des Aubuisieres   Fouquet

70.00

346

1989  Vouvray Moelleux    Domaine Sylvain Gaudron

89.50

347

1989  Vouvray Moelleux   ‘Grand Année’   Bernard Fourquet.

89.00

350

1989  Vouvray Moelleux    Le Haut    Lieu Moelleux

89.00

351

1990  Vouvray Moelleux   1er Trie Clos du Bourg

85.00

352

1989  Vouvray Moelleux   Le Mont 1er Trie

95.00

353

1959  Vouvray Moelleux   Le Haut Lieu

195.00

354

1989  Vouvray Moelleux   CLos du Bourg 1er Trie Moelleux

95.00

 

LOIRE VALLEY SPARKLING: METHODE TRADITIONELLE

 

190

Crémant de Loire Brut   Domaine de Nerleux   Régis Neau

We think Régis’ slightly dry lemony Crémant is superb. A delicious aperitif.

25.95

191

Vouvray Brut Methode Traditionelle  Domaine Champalou

Classic Vouvray character in sparkling form – delicious.

29.50

195

Crémant de Loire Rosé   Domaine de Nerleux   Régis Neau

Delightfully elegant, fragrant, fruity sparkler from Saumur

26.95

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 OTHER REGIONS 

 

CHAMPAGNE

 

200

NV Bernard Robert Brut
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – lovely yeasty nose and fine fruity palate

39.95

199

Gallimard Brut Rosé N.V,
100% Pinot Noir – full, elegantly perfumed Rosé – with gently fizz

39.95

201

Lanson Brut Black Label
One of the oldest Grande Marque Champagnes – no malo, fresh, fruity purity.

45.95

 

OTHER FRENCH REDS 

 

218

2014   Beaujolais    Yvon Metras
Wonderful concentration and elegance from top grower in the region

39.95

219

2014  Fleurie  Yvon Metras
Made from old vines – full, ripe and great concentration. This wine is in very short supply with huge demand for this tiny production

49.50

220

2013  Morgon  “Cote du Py”  Jean Feillard

Simply one of the best cru beaujolais we’ve tasted – unfiltered, unfined, unsulphured

39.50

 

 

BORDEAUX RED WINE

 

221

2011  Château Penin Grand Selection P. Carteyron

Made from predominately Merlot, this is a lovely ripe well balanced claret.

28.50

 

 

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 THE HALF BOTTLE LIST    

 

Half bottles are a difficult area for restaurants, many suppliers do not have them and when they do, they will not always be the same vintage as the full bottles offered.  As we import direct from growers in the Loire Valley, we can and do ask them to specially bottle some for us.  This has met with the odd refusal and sometimes the premium charged for half bottles can be exorbitant, but we persevere because our customers like them especially at lunch times. 

 

DRY WHITE LOIRE

 

1A

2015  Saumur Blanc  Domaine de Nerleux, Regis & Amelie Neau

12.95

2A

2014  Quincy  Domaine des Ballandors

15.95

3A

2015  Sancerre   ‘Les Pierris’ Champault

15.95

4A

2015  Pouilly Fumé   Domaine Treuillet   Sebastien Treuillet

16.50

6A

2014  Muscadet sur Lie   Domaine du Verger    Luneau Papin

13.95

 

RED LOIRE

 

11A

2015  Anjou Gamay   Les Chateliers   Domaine Richou

14.95

12A

2014  Chinon  Domaine de la Noblaie  J Billard 

14.95

15A

2014  Chinon 'Le Temps des Cerises'  Domaine de la Noblaie  Jerome Billard

15.95

17A

2014  Saumur Champigny   Domaine de Nerleux   Régis Neau

13.50

18A

2014  St Nicolas de Bourgueil  Les Rouillères   Frederic Mabileau

14.50

21A

2013  Saumur Champigny  Les Chatains  Régis Neau

14.95

 

CHAMPAGNE

 

51A

Bernard Robert  N.V Brut

21.95

 

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