Wimemakers of Loire

  • Philippe Foreau, Vouvray

    This is a Rosenthal Wine Merchant selection.  Rosenthal wines are only available in Colorado through Natural Wine Company.   http://www.madrose.com/index.php/france/loire-valley/touraine/vouvray/philippe-foreau-domaine-du- clos-naudin Philippe Foreau is the third generation of the Foreau family to produce Vouvray from this fabled domaine which his grandfather purchased in 1923. Philippe assumed the direction of the domaine in 1983 upon the [...]

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  • Château Soucherie, Anjou

    This is a Rosenthal Wine Merchant selection.  Rosenthal wines are only available in Colorado through Natural Wine Company.   The Chateau Soucherie may be the most physically beautiful property of all the domaines with which we work. The house itself is a unique architectural gem that sits on a rise overlooking the vineyards that snake [...]

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  • Domaine Lucien Crochet, Sancerre

    This is a Rosenthal Wine Merchant selection.  Rosenthal wines are only available in Colorado through Natural Wine Company.   It was Lucien’s marriage to the daughter of Lucien Picard, and the subsequent fusion of the domaines of Lucien Picard and André Crochet (father of Lucien), that created the Domaine Lucien Crochet. Monsieur Picard was one [...]

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  • Domaine Olga Raffault, Chinon

    Since Olga’s death a few years ago, Domaine Olga Raffault is run by her granddaughter Sylvie and Sylvie’s husband Eric de la Vigerie. The estate has terrific plots of land in the Savigny-en-Véron district hard by the Vienne riverbanks. The ‘les Picasses’ vineyard stands out from the rest: old vines of 50-ish years on a [...]

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  • Chais Saint-Laurent

    Chais Saint Laurent is a “Petit Négociant” specializing in wines from the Loire Valley and focused on producing small quantities from select vineyards. Estate manager Jean Mounard has significantly raised the bar in terms of the quality of the wines, while maintaining a truly remarkable price/quality ratio. Also, by tapping his connections at some better [...]

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  • Domaine de la Pépière, Muscadet

    Owner Marc Ollivier takes his time. He hand harvests (a rarity in the region), uses natural yeasts, waits for the wine to finish and bottles with a very light filtration. The vineyards are in old vines (40 years and older) with a particularly good exposition on a plateau overlooking the river Sèvre. All the vineyards [...]

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  • Domaine Bernard Baudry, Chinon

    Bernard Baudry is one of the newer stars of the Chinon scene. A graduate of the Lycée de Beaune, Baudry created his 25-hectare estate out of family parcels and purchased land. He quickly rose to prominence in the appellation for precise, textured Chinon. Baudry is now retired and his son Matthieu, who has been making [...]

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  • Thomas Labaille

    Winemaker Claude Thomas finally retired in his late 70s when son-in-law, Jean-Paul Labaille, took over as vigneron. Since then, only minimal changes have occurred. The vineyards remain among the best in Chavignol, with a large proportion of old vines. The Monts Damnés plot is too steep a slope to ever consider machine harvesting, which is [...]

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  • Domaine Luneau-Papin

    Pierre and Monique Luneau-Papin are the eigth generation of winemakers at this estate in the heart Muscadet. It is a region where much bulk wine is produced, however this estate produces smaller cuvées from their several plots, which are always vinified separately to reflect their terroir’s particular character. The estate has a high proportion of [...]

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  • Francois Pinon

    The wines of François Pinon are considered among the finest of Vouvray and the land of the estate is rated as a top site. His main focus is “to keep the typicity of both the appellation and the vintage” in all his wines. He follows a discipline of plowing the vineyards, not using chemical fertilizers [...]

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  • Francois Cazin

    Cheverny is one of the most recent new appellations in the Loire Valley. By law, Cheverny wine has to be a blend of varietals, and Cazin’s is 70 percent Sauvignon Blanc and 30 percent Chardonnay. He tends vines of considerable age and the resulting yields are well below average in any given year. Cazin’s wines [...]

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  • Domaine Filliatreau

    In 1967, Maurice Filliatreau gave his son, Paul, 8 hectares of his vineyard. In those days, the prestige surrounding Saumur Champigny had not yet been fully acknowledged. In 1990 Fredrik joined his father at the head of the wine-producing business. By dint of method and perseverance, Paul and Fredrik Filliatreau are now running a vineyard [...]

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