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Cotes de Duras

Domaine de Laulan

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Winemaking

This dry white wine is made from the Sauvignon grape. After racking, the wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks. Temperature controlled wine making is around 16-18 ° C in order to keep all the flavours of Sauvignon.

Tasting

Fresh and fruity, this wine has a nuanced light dress with greenish tones. The Sauvignon gives this white wine a fruity premium.Powerful nose with notes of boxwood, chlorophyll and carnation, lemon, grapefruit. The mouth starts on a good attack very aromatic blackcurrant buds, citrus. Evolution is exotic flavors like passion fruit, apricot, peach.Sauvignon of Domaine de Laulan whatever the vintage roundness and length persistent mouth caused a lot of fat. This persistence is due to sunshine, the vineyard is exposed on a south facing slope.

The advice of the sommelier

Young, it can be eaten sauvignon kind aperitif or during the meal with smoked salmon, seafood, smoked meats (ham, sausages) salads. Older, it goes well with white fish.

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Wine tour guests with the winemaker and his wife enjoying lunch with the estate wines

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We have some news from our wine tours next year with a great new way of visiting the vineyards and meeting the winemaker. Last year we trialed a new concept whereby we combined an introductory talk about the wine in the region, lunched with the winemaker and tasted his wines and then visited the vineyard, wine-room and cellars. Its a more relaxing hands on way of getting really close to the real life end of making wine. Firstly you get to gain some knowledge of Loire wines, then you have lunch with the estate wines and you are able to discuss  with the winemaker the nuances of making wine and then tour the facilities to gain the understanding of the processes from growing the grapes to making, aging and bottling the wine. You can take a whole day or half day tour with us at Loirewinetours. Log onto our website and take a look.

Wine blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine scene or something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

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www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

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Les Silices Saumur AOC

Domaine du Vieux Pressoir

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SPECIAL OFFER

Les Silices Saumur AOC
Was £11.87 per bottle

NOW £7.49 per bottle

Aromatic character of red fruits and a touch of spice. A great accompaniment to white meats and soft cheese.

A well rounded red with a hint of tannins. The French drink slightly chilled – try it!

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Cheers.

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gfwineblog – biodynamic calendar

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Biodynamic calendar

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The last of the 2014 year biodynamic week when you may follow the days when you are able to enjoy a good bottle of  wine. A mixed week but great news because you will be able to enjoy a good bottle of wine over the New Year. Monday is a leaf day so forget a good bottle. Thursday after 11am is Fruit and so is  Wednesday. Now what to drink then on New Years eve. I would suggest a bottle of Augustine cuvee from Abbaye des Monges in the Languedoc south France. Its a blend of 70% Bourboulenc, 20% Roussane, 10% Rolle (Vermentino) so mellow and structured which you can drink with fish and seafood. New Years day is a flower day as is the following day Friday. Saturday after 5pm and Sunday are leaf days.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine scene or something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

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gfwineblog – cocktails

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White Russian

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No 78 in our list of cocktail recipes:

WHITE RUSSIAN

So for two lovelies

1 measure vodka

1 measure creme de Cacao

ice cubes and cracked ice

1 measure cream

grated nutmeg

Mix cracked ice with vodka, creme de cacao and cream in shaker. Strain over cubed ice in two glasses. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

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Cheers.

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www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

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Our blogs

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Sauvignon Blanc AOP

Antoine Simoneau Touraine

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The Touraine wine area around the city of Tours of the Loire Valley is the place where you will find some cracking Sauvignon Blanc AOP. In my mind its better now than Sancerre which has lost its place in the list of best Savignon Blanc in the world let alone France. To an extent it has been overtaken by Negotiants and people/companies who have exploited the name in exchange for making money. There are still some good producers but as is the way here in Britain most of our wines we find in supermarkets are not good quality. Here is a good example of how you should buy your wine. By provenance and knowledge. Anyway back to Touriane. Antoine Simoneau makes a half decent Sauvignon Blanc and at a great deal less price than Sancerre. Still intense with that big burst of citrus fruits. It can be drunk on its own or with fish, seafood and chicken.

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Cheers.

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www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

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www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

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enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

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Here’s wishing all our customers, friends and colleagues a very merry Christmas and a great New Year.

Wine blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine scene or something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

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www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog  Our gite holiday blog

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 'Elegance'
Saumur AOC

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‘Elegance’ Saumur AOC
Was £11.87 per bottle

NOW £5.00 per bottle

Notes reminiscent of white flowers, fern and apple. Great with Salmon as well as veal and chicken. A dry white wine made in a style which the french call ‘sec tendre’ – dry but tender. A very easy to drink, fruity Chenin blanc. Wow a great price. Buy for the New Year. This wine needs to be opened well before drinking as its 5 years old and when its gets to this age Chenin Blanc starts to develop into something special.

Wine blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine scene or something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk  Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog  Our gite holiday blog

gfwineblog – biodynamic calendar

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Christmas week is a little disappointing I’m afraid. The moon has not been nice to us. Its starts off all ok with two days of fruit on Monday and Tuesday so great for that good bottle of wine. Why not a nice drop of Domaine du Vieux Pressoir Saumur Puy Notre Dame AOP. Its got sublety and roundness with a deep compoted fruity finish. Forget Christmas eve and Christmas day for the good bottle. You’ll have to make do with something with age so try our Chateau de Chaintres Oratorien. Very deep in fruit with those smooth tannins after two years aged in old french oak barrels. It picks up on boxing day and Saturday so go on splash out. Try our Chateauneuf du Pape. Great with beef.

Wine  blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine scene or something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk  Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog  Our gite holiday blog

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Noel Coward

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Our quotation on the theme of drinking this week is from our friend Noel Coward, as its Christmas its an appropriate christian name.

“I’m not a heavy drinker; I can sometimes go for hours without touching a drop”.

Wine blog ing is fun with Grainger’s wine regularly to catch up on the latest with the wine scene or something quite different.  You never know what might appear.

Cheers.

Our websites

www.loirewinetours.com   Our wine tours

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk  Our self catering holidays

www.gfwine.co.uk  Our retail wine shop

www.thestrictlywineclub.co.uk  Our wine club

www.vintnersfinewines.co.uk  Our wholesale wine shop

www.thewinefinder.co.uk  Our wine import portal

Our email addresses

info@loirewinetours.com Our wine tours email address for enquiries

graingersatmanoir@yahoo.co.uk Our self catering holiday email address for enquiries

enquiries@gfwine.co.uk Our retail wine shop email address for enquiries

enquiries@thestrictlywineclub.co.uk Our wine club email address for enquiries

enquiries@vintnersfinewines.co.uk Our wholesale wine shop email address for enquiries

Our blogs

www.loirewinetoursblog.co.uk  Our wine tours blog

www.gfwineblog.co.uk  Our wine blog

www.manoirdegourin.co.uk/karins-loire-holiday-cottages-blog  Our gite holiday blog

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