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When it comes to wine, no other country can beat France in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its regions produce wine as rare, sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had throughout the country. Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire Valley might produce the greatest variety of wines. Le Coeur de la Reine (The Heart of the Queen) is a new Loire Valley partnership between Rodolphe and Ludivine Marteau, the fourth generation to make wine from their family's estate.

The 29 hectare property is located on South bank of the river Cher, on siliceous-argilo (clay and flint) soils. The Touraine appellation, stretching from the Anjou region in the west to the Sologne in the east, is the home of one of the Loire's best white wine appellations (Sauvignon Blanc is king here - think Sancerre) and three of its best red wine appellations.

Le Coeur de la Reine Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Of  the 29 hectares of estate vineyards owned by the Marteau family, 20 are planted to Sauvignon Blanc. These vines average 30 years in age and are meticulously tended by the family. The nose offers an intense fruit basket dominated by citrus scents with a note of blackcurrant bud. In the mouth, all is suppleness and elegance. The final spicy note emphasizes the freshness and the generous length of this Touraine Sauvignon. If you're looking for a new everyday white wine with an interesting tasting profile this is it! — $9.99

Le Coeur de la Reine Gamay 2017
Gamay  (the  wine  of  Beaujolais)  is  a  light-bodied  red  wine  that's  similar  in  taste  to Pinot Noir. Gamay wines are loved for their delicate floral aromas, subtle earthy notes, and surprising ability to pair with food (even fish!). The best part is, you can find high quality Gamay at a much better price than Pinot Noir. Bright berry aromas dominate in this light bodied red. On the palate, ripe red fruit flavors (strawberry and raspberry especially) are accented by a delicate spicy note. Smooth and mellow, delicious with just a bit of a chill. This is a fantastic wine for those mixed meat grill outs, a dream with salmon and a perfect pairing with an array of Asian foods. — $9.99