A Red and White from Loire Valley

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In Old World Wine we are working our way through France. How bad can going to class be when you know you are going to drink French wine? Yesterday we drank Alsace and the Loire Valley and I was most impressed with two wine from the Loire. The first was a Pascal Jolivet Sancerre (Sauvignon Blanc varietal) from 2010. It is around $25. It was pale in color intensity but packed a punch with compexity. It was aromatic with hints of white pepper, green bell pepper, grapefruit, heavy minerality, wet stones, and grass. The taste matched the nose but with slightly less intensity on the palate. This wine was delicious. So complex. So beautiful and crisp.

The red varietal that I loved was Les Pensees de Pallus Chinon. (Cabrenet Franc varietal) It was a red/garnet aromatic wine that had lots of pepper, minerality, raspberry, tobacco, currant jam, dark berries, smoke, and even rhubarb on the nose. On the palate there was berries, tobacco, spice, rhubarb, and pomegranate. Wow. So complex and delightful.

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