Nicolas Joly Savennieres Les Vieux Clos ($42.99): Joly’s golden-yellow 2014 Savennières Les Vieux Clos is pure and elegant on the herbal and flinty nose, where spicy lemon/lemon grass and ripe, concentrated fruit aromas are displayed. Very well defined! On the palate, the 14.5% alcohol comes along in perfect balance: very elegant and finesse-full. since the powerful body is lifted by a piquant acidity, a lovely transparency and finesse, and finally escorted by a dense and lush fruit texture. The finish is very precise, fresh and aromatic, but also full of elegance, salt and stimulation.
Lucien Crochet Sancerre Rouge La Croix du Roy ($29.99): Lucien Crochet has long been a top producer in the Loire. While most of his planting are Sauvignon Blanc, a small parcel of Pinot Noir makes one of the most expressive wines in the region. Rustic in style, with bright red fruit and an appealing herbaceous quality. This is a gem that should be tried by every Pinot Noir lover.