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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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

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  • 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...

  • Couly-Dutheil

    The famous vineyard of Chinon Established in 1921 by Baptiste Dutheil, then developped by René Co...

  • Blanc Foussy

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

  • Domaine Henri Bourgeois

    White Sancerre LE CHÊNE SAINT-ETIENNE Brilliant golden yellow, it glisten by his sheen. The nose ...

  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

    In 1936, Jacques Chauveau, a Parisian doctor bought the property. At that time a small amount of ...

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  • Cahors is a region in France, just as Mendoza is a region in Argentina. ... ... versions of malbec up the Loire river in France but they get even less sun, so are a bit 'greener' than those down in Cahors, much less in Argentina. My recommendation would be to start with all sorts of Argentine versions then try Cahors. Later try the Loire varie... Read More

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  • Going back to that 2005 Talty, Mike gave me one of those a few years ago to ... a sauv blanc--actually, a Loire wine--that was really tasty last night, but I'm damned if I can remember what it was.  Between work and the house renovation, I never get around to putting stuff in the Cellartracker unless I order it online and do it right away.  Mo... Read More

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  • Lots of parties going on...we had an engagement party to attend last night. ... ... wines...a Cremant from Loire, which seemed ok but kind of run of the mill given the region, it lacked a little freshness for me, coming off as a little sweet, and not in a good way.The ladies had a blast last night, while the men mostly watched football and ba... Read More

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  • Le Fils des Gras Moutons Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2010


    Excellent Muscadet, the back label says these grapes come from 18 acres of vines that average over 50 yrs of age in Gras Moutons. Light yellow in color, there's a bit of aroma of lemon pith which may show better if we drank it a bit less cool. Nice lemon cream, a touch of white grapefuit, a hint of white pepper, lively acidity and a medium finish. Read More

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  • Welcome!One suggestion I would have for you is to see if you can find a nice ... wine, the Vouvrays from the Loire Valley can be moelleux,, which designates a sweet wine.  But even tho they are sweet, they can age very well for many, many years!   I have had a few that reminded me of honeysuckle and pure honey.  You have to look for Vouvray an... Read More

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  • There arte some lovely cabernet francs to be had for very little money in the Loire valley,an area I have visited on a number of occasions but I am afraid I have not tried any American versions Read More

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  • I've moved my post from another thread discussing problems with a Virginian ... also try some CF from the Loire (Chinon and others), as well as a couple with plenty in the blend of a right-bank Bordeaux for reference's sake (e.g. Cheval Blanc which is 2/3 CF and 1/3 merlot, Ausone which is roughly 50-50, and something like Figeac which is 1/3 e... Read More

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  • To get a better feel for the grape and what it can and should do, you guys ... ... also try some CF from the Loire (Chinon and others), as well as a couple with plenty in the blend of a right-bank Bordeaux for reference's sake (e.g. Cheval Blanc which is 2/3 CF and 1/3 merlot, Ausone which is roughly 50-50, and something like Figeac which is 1... Read More

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  • but if you're sending Pinot Noir or heaven forbid, Sauv Blanc, as Napagirl ... a Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire. I even thought to myself that it really wasn't a bad SB, so it had to be from the Loire, where they're at least drinkable. But of course, since it was good, it wasn't SB at all. I could claim I recognized the Atlantic influence, but... Read More

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  • Hello DMCKER,Thanks for your message. I can absolutely understand that you ... ... to La Rioja, Bordeaux, the Loire Valley, or even Napa.What is travelling the Douro Valley all about?The Quintas (estates)I am here to speak about what makes the Douro Valley unique, showing you what it is like to travel through the oldest demarcated wine region ... 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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