Tim York wrote:Coteaux du Loir "Vieilles Vignes Éparses" 2000 – Domaine de Bellivière, Éric Nicolas...probably little future.
Ed Comstock wrote:2005 Baudry Grezeaux Safe to say this is the best $20 bottle of wine I've ever had...This will be around 25 years from now...Having access to this wine for $20 is as close as I'll ever get to understanding what it must have been like to collect 1st growth Bordeaux prior to 1982.
I don't know about your taste preferences but something tells me that this will probably start to drink well before 25 years.
David M. Bueker wrote:Plodding - there's a word you don't see in too many Loire notes.
Bruce K wrote:Domaine de Bellivière 2004 Coteaux du Loir Le Rouge-Gorge, $18
This is terrific. The nose mixes flowers, pine, red berries, white pepper and a little brett but not too much. On the palate, there is bright, tart red fruit with significantly more intensity and extraction than I expect to find from a Loire red, much less a Pineau d’Aunis, accented by pine, white pepper, herbs, minerals and earth. However, the fruit intensity is well-balanced by good acidity. It’s also somewhat tannic. Excellent match with a potato/onion/red pepper/cheese omelette. Importer: Louis/Dressner.
Frédéric Mabileau 2006 St. Nicolas de Bourgueil Les Rouillères, $15
Delightful dusty herbal red fruit aromas and flavors dominate, with the herb component seeming more like sage than the oregano I often get from Loire Cabernet Francs, along with mineral and earth accents. Nicely balanced and smooth with refreshing acidity. Excellent match with homemade Chinese food. Importer: Simon ‘N’ Cellars.
Bernard Baudry Chinon 2006 Les Granges, $15
As always, this is very nice, with delicious tart cherry, lots of herbs and minerals, and some green bell pepper notes in a well-balanced, refreshing package. Excellent match with a variety of cheeses and with wild mushroom soup. Importer: Louis/Dressner.
Lou Kessler wrote:I've tasted both the 07 & 08 Belliviere Le Rouge and they are both delightful.
Matt Richman wrote:Anyone know of any good books on the Loire wines (in English)?