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Loire Wines continue to please

by | Jun 16, 2015 | Teddington Wine Society | 0 comments

Last night, a select group from Teddington Wine Society convened at my house to sample the delights of the Loire Valley.

These lovely wines, which I had previously shown to Richmond Wine Society at the end of May, once again demonstrate the breadth and diversity of the Loire region.

Everyone agreed that the Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2014 Coing St Fiacre was a lovely wine, at a bargain price.  With our goats cheese starter we had a 2010 Anjou Blanc and a 2009 Savennieres Chaboreau both from Domaine FL.  Both made form Chenin Blanc, but with startling different styles, the Anjou Blanc was the most obvious food match, but for me as it opened out in the glass the Savennieres was worth every penny (and I have to admit there are quite a few).

Between courses we enjoyed a lovely Vouvray from Domaine des Aubuisieres, a lovely off dry Chenin Blanc demonstrating freshness and complexity.

With our steak frites, we had two Saumur Champignys, the 2012 Tuffe from Chateau du Hureau, and the 2011 Vielles Vines form Langlois Chateau, a particular favourite of mine.

And with our apple tart, back to Chenin and Domain FL’s 2012  Coteaux du Layon, honey and dry fruits on the nose, rich but clean on the palate.


A lovely line-up, and if I say so myself the food was good.



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“Throughout the 17 years I have attended Tim’s wine tasting events, he has continued to deliver his extensive knowledge of wine and wine-making with great charm, and lots of humour, making the evenings not only informative, but also great fun. In the course of an average year, the tastings cover a kaleidoscope of different wine themes – interesting and entertaining for all, novices and experts alike. And the wines taste pretty good too!”

“We have been going to Teddington Wine Society events for a number of years. Tim runs the evenings with bonhomie and humour and wears his considerable knowledge lightly. The evenings are great fun, the wines are always a little bit different and help to expand knowledge and tasting horizons.”

“I have attended the Richmond Wine society for over ten years and always enjoyed Tim’s self-effacing style and gentle humour. His knowledge is globally eclectic and presented in a clear, interesting and always stimulating way. Every guest I have taken there has enjoyed the evening immensely. Tim also offers a wide range of wines to buy and my red cellar has provided great pleasure to my own dinner guests.”

“I’ve been enjoying Tim’s tastings for over 20 years – he is a great teacher, raconteur and wine expert. He is seriously passionate about his wine, but there is nothing serious about his tastings, which are always informal and relaxed. A lovely way to spend an evening and enjoy some fantastic wines.”

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