Chenin Blanc


Grand Mayne Côtes de Duras Moelleux 2012, South West France (€13.50 per half Grand Mayne) Golden in colour, with unctuous, creamy aromas of honey, toast, apricots and pineapple. When you come to taste it, it’s not as rich as you expect, with zippy citrus and guava freshness alongside the fleshier […]

Grand Mayne Côtes de Duras Moelleux 2012, South West France





The Society’s Exhibition Sancerre 2015 (Serge Laloue), Loire, France (£12.50 The Wine Society) Succulent Sancerre, showing some of the flesh of a warm vintage but still with flinty citrus tension and a light floral touch too. S- Domaine Gadais La Grande Réserve du Moulin Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie […]

Three Loire Whites (and all from different grapes)


Sauvion Crémant de Loire NV, France (£13.99 Oxford Wine Company, Flagship Wines) Balances a bracing green apple tang against honeyed richness to good effect, crisp zesty finish. B(+) Terroir La Baume Saint Paul Crémant de Limoux Brut* NV, Languedoc, France (N/A in the UK) Quite a plush, rich style, with […]

Four sparkling French wines – but no Champagne…


Calmel & Joseph Crémant de Limoux NV, Languedoc, France (£11.95-£16.95 Viader Wines, Raffles Wines, Haslemere Cellar, South Down Cellars, Richard Granger Wines) Young, fresh style, green apples – fresh and baked – to the fore, with hints of nuts and citrus fruit behind, and a light saline/mineral edge to add further […]

Calmel & Joseph Crémant de Limoux NV, Languedoc, France