This 2015 Loire white ($14.99 best) is noticeably better than the 92 point 2014! Bruno Cormerais!
The brand-new 2015 Bruno Cormerais Muscadet Sevre et Maine “Vieilles Vignes” is clearly even better than the 92 point 2014. Here’s the review of that 2014 from Vinous:
“Bright, zesty lime, sea breeze and quarry dust suggestions of chalk on the nose introduce a palate of energetic brightness and grip, tactile mineral impingement and mouthwatering salinity. A half hour in the glass brought additional clarity and mineral nuance, and the finish positively shimmers in its vibrant citrus-mineral interaction. What an incredible value! Drink 2017-2024. 92 points.”
2015 Bruno Cormerais Muscadet Sevre et Maine “Vieilles Vignes” (Loire Valley, France)
E-mail Sale! 1-5 bottles: $17.99
6+ bottles: $15.99
12+ bottles: $14.99
- To order, just call Arrowine. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington DC).
- Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order.
- The wine arrives tomorrow, Wednesday, October 4th, 2017.
- The sale price is good for one week or until the wine sells out.
This pure, intense, concentrated and very mineral white wine from a prestigious spot in France’s Loire Valley should be $30-$40. It would earn this price, or more, by any fair measure of comparing the value of different wines from different varieties and different regions. Take advantage of one of the best white wine values in the world!
Here are some of the features that make this delicious white so special:
- This vibrant, concentrated, dry and complex mineral white wine was estate grown.
- It came from some of the region’s best vineyard sites with low yields and old vines (40+ years of age).
- Bruno Cormerais, a star producer in the Loire Valley, crafted it carefully, by hand (along with his son Maxime).
- Many journals have praised this winery as one of the best of the region. The Wine Advocate wrote “…Clisson-based Bruno Cormerais’s is one of his region’s as yet relatively unheralded stars.”
- They harvest at full ripeness, later than some of his peers. It’s risky, but it makes for more flavorful and concentrated wines.
- They vinify with natural yeast, and ferment parcel by parcel to isolate the best character of each site.
- Cormerais made this white wine with a painstaking traditional process that requires 14 months of aging on the lees (“sur lie”). This enhances the textural richness and complexity of the wines.
- They also aged the wine in the bottle to make it more integrated and exceptional when released.
- It has the potential to age for at least another half decade (with good storage).
Yes, white wines this intense, complex, viscous, long and textured almost always sell for a much higher price. If you’re serving oysters, mussels or clams, I don’t know if there’s a better wine available even if you spend triple! Order this today for as little $14.99 per bottle.
About the 2015 vintage:
This dry Loire white wine comes from the great 2015 vintage. This vintage earned the highest vintage rating ever for Loire Dry Whites! Wine Enthusiast rated 2015 as a 96 point vintage. It was a perfect followup topping the (also great) 95 point 2014 vintage. Going back to 1990, Wine Enthusiast did not rate any other vintage above 94 points. As JancisRobinson.com wrote: “…2014 and 2015 make a magic pair…“.
More about this wine:
This bone dry, concentrated, vivid, mineral, complex, and textured wine comes from the “melon de bourgogne” grape variety. As the name suggests, this variety originally came from France’s Burgundy region. Now, almost all of the “melon de bourgogne” produced comes from the region of Muscadet, close to the city of Nantes and the mouth of the Loire River. Star producer Bruno Cormerais is in the fabulous “Sevre et Maine” sub-zone of the Muscadet region. This estate and it’s vineyards are located in the famed village of Clisson. The granite soils in this area make Clisson Muscadets the most sought-after Muscadets in the world.
This could be your #1 pick with oysters, shrimp or any kind of seafood. This white is superbly drinkable today and has the potential to age at least 5 more years. From 40+ year old vines in a top spot in Muscadet’s famous Sevre et Maine zone, this lees-aged white combines ripe fruit with a palate-clinging racy texture and a saturating mineral personality. It is the ultimate white with any seafood, especially shellfish.
This isn’t just a good wine at a good price, it’s a gorgeous wine at an unbelievable price. The danger here is that if you get accustomed to this much character, complexity, length, and texture in a white wine, you may never be able to replicate it without spending much more!
More about Domaine Bruno Cormerais:
This winery, run by Bruno Cormerais and his son Maxime, is becoming a star in the Loire Valley. The estate is in the sought-after Clisson area, near the Maine river. The granitic soils of this area are so good that Clisson recently earned it’s own appellation that will appear on labels in future vintages.
If you’ve tried their wines, you’re not at all surprised their fame is growing. If you’ve tasted the wines you saw the stardom coming. The Wine Advocate wrote: “… Clisson-based Bruno Cormerais is one of his region’s as yet relatively unheralded stars.” And that’s just the start of the recognition they’ve attained.
Here’s a much more expansive excerpt from “Les meilleurs vins de France 2010, Le guide des 101 meilleurs vins de France” (“The Guide to the 101 Best Wines of France”) written by Bertrand Rougier that explains, in part, what’s special about Cormerais:
“The atypical soils are composed of the splendid and reputable granites of Clisson. The parcels of old vines are up to 70 years old, the yields are limited by short pruning, grass left between the rows, the grapes are harvested (by hand) at full maturity, natural yeasts are used, and fermentation is temperature controlled. And, cherry on the cake, Bruno Cormerais is not only a vigneron attached to his terroir, but also an ardent innovator, a clever experimenter, who has succeeded in imposing the wines of Muscadet as among the best of France.“
Here’s how the 2015 Bruno Cormerais Muscadet Sevre et Maine “Vieilles Vignes” tastes:
This very pale lemon-pulp yellow colored wine has green reflections. It has expressive and beautiful aromas that bring to mind yellow flowers, lemon tarts, and sea shells. The palate is both rich and racy with palate-clinging texture. Flavors bring to mind green apple skins and lemon curd wrapped around a core of pure minerals. The texture is both refreshing and substantial. The flavors linger long with citrus and minerals. This is very long, refreshing, and complex and a wonderful partner with shellfish or other seafood. Get enough to enjoy it now and over the next two to five years!
Again, to order call Arrowine. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington DC). Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order. The wine arrives tomorrow, Wednesday, October 4th, 2017. The sale price is good for one week or until the wine sells out.
Thank you for taking the time to read about this exciting Loire Valley white wine.