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The latest from Noëlla Morantin (Loire)

It's been a tricky couple of years since we last shipped from Noëlla to say the least. 2022 was fraught with hail, 2021 hit by frost, both inflicting significant losses. The majority of the wines we have here precede those difficult vintages, back to an incredibly hot, dry 2020. As Noëlla, and no doubt may others will attest, the climate of this central Loire terroir is changing.

Noëlla is based in Thésée and has well-established her own small domaine over two decades, following formative years working for Agnès and René Mosse, onto running the Les Bois Lucas estate and eventually coming to make wine from the feted Clos Roche Blanche before fully going it alone.

Working mainly with Sauvignon Blanc for the whites, her style is atypical for the region and as such does not fly under the flag of the local appellation. The grapes are harvested at full maturity and often see a much longer élevage that is typical for a region known for its zippy, grassy whites. Ageing in barrel is standard, and in the case of most of the wines here that has been a two year process. The results show uncommon depth, texture and elegance, harnessing the body and structure given by clay and the acidity and minerality from silex in the soils. We have just added the following wines:

Marie Ju 2022

Chez Charles 2020

L.B.L. 2020

Momu 2020

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