This month we’re featuring two versatile wines from the Loire Valley that can be popped for almost any occasion. These single varietal expressions are classic examples of the Loire’s diverse terroir, and they both come from generational family-owned wineries. We’ve got you covered with these two selections, whomever the company and whatever the pairing.
2014 Jean Pabiot et Fils Domaine des Fines Caillottes Pouilly-Fumé – $24
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Pouilly-Fumé, Loire Valley, France
Terroir/Tech: Organically grown, indigenous yeasts, stainless steel
Jerome Pabiot is the fifth generation of his family to work the vines around Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre. He strives to continue the traditional wine-making techniques that he has learned from his family. This Sauvignon Blanc has great sharp-edged fruit: pineapple, citrus and gooseberry accompanied by a distinct and telling stony minerality. Try it with virtually any seafood, salad or cheese.
2015 Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon Les Galoshes – $20
Grape: Cabernet Franc
Region: Chinon, Loire Valley, France
Terroir/Tech: Sustainably grown, sand and gravel soils, aged in used barrels
Rodolphe Raffault’s ancestors first began cultivating vines around Chinon in 1693, and he is the 14th generation to carry-on the family business. The Les Galuches vineyard is in an ancient bed from the Loire River — hence the sandy, gravel soils. Excellent drainage and exposure allows the grapes to ripen early and easily. This bistro red goes well with any type of meat, whether, cured, roasted or grilled.