Loire Wine

 

The Loire River valley is a massively varied viticultural region in northwestern France. Its climate varies from the continental one of its eastern edge to the balmier Pays Nantais, which is warmed by the Gulf Stream. Unlike some other regions, which are dominated by cooperatives, this one is composed mostly of small family farms.

Melon de Bourgogne, the grape of Muscadet, is the main variety planted in the western Loire. These are brisk wines traditionally paired with oysters. The central Loire is the home of subtle and ageworthy reds made from Cabernet Franc and of Chenin Blanc, which makes some of the greatest sweet and dry white wines in the world. The eastern Loire contains Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume, both made from Sauvignon Blanc (though red and rose Sancerre is made from Pinot Noir). That, however, is just the beginning. The Loire is the most diverse region in all France.

The Loire is known as the “garden of France” for its bucolic beauty and agricultural variety. Its Read more »

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Wendy Crispell

Hi! I am a wine/cheese consultant specializing in tasting events,corporate gatherings. As a mentor I look forward to sharing my special interests in the Loire Valley, Germany, Pinot Noir and unusual varieties with others. As a former chef I <3 pairings!

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Varietals Produced in Loire View all

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

Subregions of Loire

  • Anjou

      Anjou is a large region in the central Loire Valley around the city of Angers. Virtually e...

  • Pays Nantais

    The Pays Nantais comprises the western part of the Loire Valley, mostly southeast of the city o...

  • Pouilly-fumé

      Pouilly-Fume is an appellation in the so-called Central Vineyards of the Loire Valley -- t...

  • Sancerre

      Sancerre is an appellation located in the so-called Upper Loire -- the eastern end of the ...

  • Anjou-saumur

      Anjou-Saumur is the large central section of the Loire Valley around the cities of Angers ...

  • Coteaux du Giennois

Popular Wineries in Loire View all

  • Sauvion, Maison

    he SAUVION house, belonging to brothers Yves and Jean-Ernest, is located in the heart of the Nant...

  • Remy-pannier

    In July 2009 Ackerman Rémy Pannier, the leading producer of the prestigious Fines Bulles sparklin...

  • Gratien & Meyer

    Gratien & Meyer is a traditional producer of fine sparkling wines. Their refined elegance and exq...

  • Blanc Foussy

    The wine-growing region in the World Heritage region of the Loire Valley The colours and scent of...

  • Cave de Vignerons de Saumur

    In the Saumur region the tufa stone unites with the climate of the Anjou region to give Saumur wi...

  • Château de Sancerre

    Château de Sancerre, built in the 10th century by the Count of Champagne, is the most prestigious...

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  • Jean Baptiste Thibault La Duchesne Sancerre Rouge 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop the last time I was in Calais for 10 ... name on the west bank of the Loire river about 80 miles south of Paris.In 1959 red wines made of the pinot noir grape from the same area were included and they now account for about 15% of total production.My bottle is such a red wine and was made by the Jean Ba... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Le Vendangeoir Saint Nicolas-de-Bourgueil 2014

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    Great raspberry scent on this Touraine wine with similar red berry flavours on entry. The wine is somewhat light and cheerful - perfect for drinking alone or with light meat dishes. Excellent price - especially for downtown Paris. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • La Croix de Mission Domaine des Rochelles Anjou-Villages Brissac 2008

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Chelsea [ www.hhandc.co.uk ... the town of Angers in the Loire valley.It is an ' umbrella' AOC because it includes a number of smaller but more prestigious appellations such as Savennieres and Coteaux du Layon.Anjou-Villages Brissac is such an appellation being created in 1997 for red wines p... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Clos de la Deviniere Maison Natale de Rabelais Touraine Blanc 2010

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    I bought this bottle of wine for 5 euros from the gift shop at Chinon castle when I visited it last year. The Touraine AOC was created in 1939 [although viticulture has been going on here for hundreds of years ] for red,white and rose wines from a large area around the town of Tours. It is an ' umbrella ' AOC because it includes a number of smal... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Jacky Marteau Sauvignon Blanc Touraine 2014

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    A Marks and Spencer selection purchased in Bruxelles. This Touraine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc with a musk and smoke nose typical of the region; flavour is dominated by musky grass with a salty finish. Very good value and recommended with fish or seafood. 88 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Cuvee Signee By Romain Parisis Chinon 2011

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    Pretty good for an inexpensive Cab Franc. Light and airy with red cherry, cranberry, a touch of mustiness and a bit of white pepper. The tannins are fairly tight grained and mild, medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Jovly Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2012

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    Wine review by stachlaw


  • But you're missing out, Greg, on those good bottles from Graves and even the Loire! Most other New World places I'm with you on the SB...So NG, you always need to carry some copper wire around with you! What were you thinking not having any handy?  ;-) Read More

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  • Every year the group of which I am a member [the London BMW Club] have a ... ... ... along a road next to the Loire river which was quite low so I suspect they have not had a lot of rain this year. I made a notes of the wines we were served at dinner in the hotel and on my return to London looked them up on the internet and wrote reviews on he... Read More

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  • Tonight we met with our Fidelity financial advisor to discuss our 'green ... mealsClos Roussely Canaille Loire Gamay [2013]La Gourmandiere Touraine cot [2010]Vieilles Vignes Chinon Tradition Phillippe Pain Domaine de la Commandierie [2010] It was a lovely trip with lots to see and there was also a lot of motorcycle riding as well&nbs Read More

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  • WE just visited the Loire area and we found an amazing Sauvignon Blanc. It is one of the best white wines that I have tasted. It did win an award in France. We were able to ring back a couple of bottles but I would like to purchase a case of this wine. - all information in French Domaine Du Vieux Pressoir 2009 Sauvignon Cuvee Fleur de Lys- Va...

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  • I've just added a picture to the Loire Wine page. It's an estate in the Layon called Domaine de Juchepie which is run by a Belgian couple called Eddy and Mileine Oosterlinck-Bracke. They are based in Faye d'Anjou and make the most incredible sweet wines or 'noble sweet' wines as Eddy likes to call them. The estate is biodynamic and he adds no...

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