Whether the wines be made from Chenin or Sauvignon, Melon or Cabernet Franc, there are some stunning wines being made in the Loire Valley today by a growing suite of up-and-coming producers. And generally at prices that are a fraction of the cost of comparable wines from the traditionally more fancied regions of Burgundy and Bordeaux.
So join us at Bibo Wine Bar on Wednesday 15 February and see what all the fuss is about. We will be taking you on a vinous journey through the Garden of France, all the way from Muscadet in the West to Sancerre in the East, a trip that would be 400-odd kilometers and 4 or 5 hours if you had to drive it. And along the way we'll be exploring the wines of some of the most exciting producers in our entire portfolio.
KEY EVENT DETAILS
Date: Wednesday, 15th February 2023
Time: 6:30 pm for 7 pm
Venue: Private Room, Bibo Wine Bar, 7 Bay Street, Double Bay 2028
More Information: Chantal MacClelland, email@example.com
The evening will be hosted by Gavin Lennard and he will be drawing on his many years of experience making, buying and selling wine, not to mention his Master of Wine studies and many trips to the Loire Valley, to guide you through the wines in his entertaining and inimitable style.
On arrival we will begin with an exotic sparkling from Louis de Grenelle in Saumur. It's a personal project of winemaker Guillaume Poitevin, a Blanc de Noirs blend of Pinot Noir, Cab Franc and the rare Pineau d'Aunis, matured for 8 years on lees. Wow.
With our first course, we tackle the extreme reaches of the region, with what may prove to be both the best Muscadet and the best Sauvignon Blanc that you've ever tried. And then it's to Chenin Blanc and an examination of the influence of terroir: the complex volcanic geology of Savennières versus the soft tuffeau limestone of Saumur.
We start our reds with a drift upstream to the opposing appellations of Chinon and Bourgueil. The sheer drinkability of the 14th century Château de Coulaine Chinon up against the finesse and power of Yannick Amirault's Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil. Back in Saumur, one of the most exciting producers in our portfolio is Arnaud Lambert and we'll look at his two top Cabernet Francs from the brilliant 2019 vintage. Both fabulous, but perhaps for different reasons. You'll have to be there!
And the Loire Valley is nothing if not equally famous for its sweet wines. The top of the tree is Quarts de Chaume, the Loire's first official Grand Cru, on the banks of the Layon. At 30 ha the entire appellation is less than a third the size of Château d'Yquem. Not to be outdone, the sweet wines of Vouvray are almost as legendary and Philippe Foreau's Moelleux Réserve is a knockout.
Finally, what dinner would be complete without a little Cognac to finish? We go straight to the top shelf with the new Frapin 15 Year-Old Cask Strength Cognac Grande Champagne.
Chef José Silva has put together a delicious menu of 4 courses and dessert, expertly matched to the wines and it promises to be great night of wine and food.