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Château Soucherie, Anjou Blanc “Les Rangs de Long”

Loire Valley, France 2021 (750mL)
Regular price$25.00
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Château Soucherie, Anjou Blanc “Les Rangs de Long”

The beautiful Château Soucherie sits on a rise overlooking 36 hectares of vineyards that slope downward toward the Layon River, one of the Loire’s many tributaries. Vineyards in this western part of Anjou contain a mix of soils that includes schist, shale, sandstone, flint, and some limestone, creating dry whites with a touch more mineral edge than their counterparts in Vouvray/Montlouis.

In addition to dry whites from Anjou and Savennières, Soucherie is well-known for sweet Chenins, some of which develop botrytis bunch rot, as in Sauternes. In the early 2000s, the estate was acquired Roger Beguinot, who brought on rising star vigneron Thibaud Boudignon (producer of acclaimed wines under his own label), who is leading the charge toward 100% organic agriculture.

This is a single-vineyard bottling from a site called “Les Rangs de Long,” which has a south-east exposure and soils of schist, sand, clay, and limestone. The wine is fermented dry in stainless steel tanks and is left to age on its fine lees for about nine months before bottling. About 12,000 bottles are produced, specifically for the US market.

This ’21 is a resolutely dry style, yellow-gold in the glass and offering up classic aromatic markers: quince, Anjou pear, acacia flowers, chalk, and wet stones. Medium-bodied, leaning toward medium-plus—coats the mid-palate before the Chenin acidity comes on like a tsunami. Pair with white-fleshed fish with lots of citrus and herbs; spring vegetables in a vinaigrette; brie and apples; or Thai curry.

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Enjoying the greatest wines of Beaujolais starts, as it usually does, with the lay of the land. In Beaujolais, 10 localities have been given their own AOC (Appellation of Controlled Origin) designation. They are: Saint Amour; Juliénas; Chénas; Moulin-à Vent; Fleurie; Chiroubles; Morgon; Régnié; Côte de Brouilly; and Brouilly.

Southwestern France


Bordeaux surrounds two rivers, the Dordogne and Garonne, which intersect north of the city of Bordeaux to form the Gironde Estuary, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The region is at the 45th parallel (California’s Napa Valley is at the38th), with a mild, Atlantic-influenced climate enabling the maturation of late-ripening varieties.

Central France

Loire Valley

The Loire is France’s longest river (634 miles), originating in the southerly Cévennes Mountains, flowing north towards Paris, then curving westward and emptying into the Atlantic Ocean near Nantes. The Loire and its tributaries cover a huge swath of central France, with most of the wine appellations on an east-west stretch at47 degrees north (the same latitude as Burgundy).

Northeastern France


Alsace, in Northeastern France, is one of the most geologically diverse wine regions in the world, with vineyards running from the foothills of theVosges Mountains down to the Rhine River Valley below.

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