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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Three good Loires

We've been on a Loire kick for the past few days, but I deferred posting notes, thinking that it would be interesting to put these three together. They're not in the budget range (although $15 isn't an unreasonable price in these times for a really good wine), but I think all three represent decent value.
Pascal Jolivet 1995 Sancerre ($14.99)
Clear, pale greenish-gold. Pleasant grass and hay and crisp citrus aromas. Bright, full fruit flavor, very tart; cleansing acidity makes it an exceptional food wine, while fresh, juicy fruit holds it in balance. Importer: Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd., NYC. (Sept. 6, 1997)

Charles Joguet 1995 Chinon Les Varennes du Grand Clos ($14.99)
Clear dark garnet. Good herbal and black-cherry aromas with a whiff of spearmint. Flavors follow the nose, clean and bright. Fresh black fruit lingers in a long finish. Tasty and accessible Chinon, not as overtly herbaceous as some. Importer: Kermit Lynch, Berkeley, Calif. (Sept. 5, 1997)

François Cotat 1994 Chavignol Réserve des Monts Damnés Sancerre ($14.99)
Very pale greenish-gold color. Lovely herbal scents, fresh hay and evergreens. Very crisp and tart flavor, clean fruit and firm, steely acidity. A fresh bitter-almond quality adds complexity in a very long finish. Importer: Willett Distributing Inc., Alexandria, Ky. (Sept. 4, 1997)

All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I purchase all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

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