Just when one thought that the French had handed over the patrimony for their Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc grapes to the New World, it now seems they’re fighting back: making wines that reflect their own, inimitable provenance, not ones that ape their upstart competition!
In my eleven years as Berrys’ Loire buyer I have never been so proud of our range as the one I bring to you today; a range personified by our Berrys’ Own Selection Sancerre, made using only ‘wild’ yeast since vintage 2010. As with every wine region it takes years and vintages to identify where the best land is and who’s really up to the mark. Just as it takes time to navigate the bends in the Loire river...
So what’s so exciting; what merits Berrys’ first Loire offer for nearly a decade? Well we’ve got beautifully pure wines in Sauvignon Blanc’s case from the unpretentious Touraine; the fuller, sunnier Reuillys; and the incomparable wines of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé.
Great value, pure, everyday drinking Chenin Blanc had eluded me for years, but now I can recommend not one but two producers, and finally I’m thrilled to bring you a complete set of Loire reds. Put it down to climate or generational change there’s no denying that Loire Cabernet Franc (and Reuilly Pinot Noir!) has never tasted so good.
To give you a chance to sample these wines, some of which might be unfamiliar to you, we've put together a selection of mixed cases, all with 15% off the usual price, featuring a selection of reds, whites and rosés. One case features 12 different wines, offering the perfect way to introduce yourself to this wonderful winemaking region.
P.S. don't forget the Muscadet for when you're planning moules!
(David Berry Green, Berrys' Loire Buyer)