2016 in the Loire yielded legendary wines bursting with an unmistakable concentration and signature mineral drive. To say we’ve been excited about the ’16 release of the Marc Deschamps epic “Les Champs de Cri” is a gigantic understatement. This is one of our favorite all time values from the Neal Rosenthal portfolio and the 2016 is as every bit as good as you would expect it to be. Beautifully textured bursting with a concentration and mineral energy that only a legendary 2016 vintage can bear–“Champs de Cri” feels like it’s almost sweating soil. This is quite simply one of the best wines for under $30 you can buy this year. Seriously. Stock up as much as you can of this singular Loire beauty.

2016 Marc Deschamps Pouilly-Fumé “Les Champs de Cri

Note from Neal Rosenthal: “The “Champs de Cri” is an important parcel of 2.3 hectares known in Les Loges as the site that produces the most elegant and long-lived of the wines of this appellation. Deschamps’ holdings are exclusively old vines with an average age of 62 years. Out of respect for the complexity and depth of this wine, Deschamps leaves this wine in contact with the lees for several months more than his other cuvées and it is released for sale later than the other wines of the estate. It is frequently marked by notes of bitter orange, jasmine and beeswax.”

More About the Wine

The Marc DeschampS estate consists of approximately 8.5 hectares of vineyards, all of which are located in the legendary sector of “Les Loges” just north of the village of Pouilly-sur-Loire, affectionately known as “the hamlet of the vignerons”. Deschamps–easily one of our favorite producers from the Rosenthal portfolio– has always produced classic examples of the appellation: rich, powerful, marked by an undercurrent of minerality and, above all, expressing precision, elegance and brilliant length.

“Champ de Cri” is an undisputed Grand Cru of Pouilly-Fumé. Like other Rosenthal treasures, it will likely be discovered by the rest of the country and soon be difficult to source. We’re thankful that 2016, arguably one of the greatest expressions in the last twenty-years, is available for you today. Very few bottles of Sauvignon Blanc do what Mr. Deschamp’s “Champ de Cri” accomplishes. None do it for this insanely low asking price. Do not miss this spectacular vintage of this special wine.