Dinner at Bistrot Le Cuisinier, Blois (Loire)

I’m currently in the Loire for a quick visit to give a talk about the science of Sauvignon, with my buddy Sam Harrop who for the last few years has been involved in a very interesting Sauvignon project with InterLoire.

Last night we had a lovely dinner at Bistrot Le Cuisinier, in the pretty town of Blois. We had a few nice Loire wines with our Sanglier (pictured).

Domaine Sauvète Oneiros Sauvignon Touraine 2009 Loire, France
An atypical organic Sauvignon, not relying on pretty aromatics, but rather acidity and minerality. Deep coloured. Mineral stone fruits nose. The palate shows white peach, plums and some oxidative apple and pear notes, with nuts and minerals. Fresh acidity. Thought provoking. 88/100

Vincent Ricard Le Vilain P’tit Rouge 2010 Touraine, Loire, France
This is 90% Côt (which in the Loire is pronounced with a soft ‘t’), with the balance Cabernet Franc. Mineral, taut and spicy, with slightly meaty fresh black cherry fruits, plus notes of clove, tar and gravel. Fresh and quite savoury with real impact. Delicious for current drinking. 91/100

Château de Parnay Clos d’Entre Les Murs Saumur Blanc 2008 Loire, France
This is a sophisticated oak-aged dry Chenin that’s tight, taut and crisp with good acidity and a hint of oak. Pure crystalline and citrus fruits with some grapefruit freshness and also notes of nuts, spice and vanilla. Youthful and dense; for the long haul. 92/100

We then finished with a remarkable eau de vie made from Poire William, which weighed in at 50% alcohol. But it was amazingly pure with lovely pear fruit character.

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