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...

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Gamay

    History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Bea...

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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  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

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

  • Domaine Henri Bourgeois

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

  • Remy-pannier

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

  • Sauvion, Maison

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

  • Château de Sancerre

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

  • Blanc Foussy

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

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Loire on Snooth

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  • Yes, that was me on the Montecristo...went down much better than the ... for ... for the info on the '79 Loire white. It was a nice contribution by one of the guys...sounds like an interesting back story there too.I didn't know what to expect out of the two from '66, though I trusted the more experienced crowd I was with more than my own guess... Read More

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  • Great night for sure, JD. Your current focus on Burgundy shines through ... in ... ... in the middle of the Loire.  :-)   He's an interesting if sometimes cantankerous guy I've met before, and have been enjoying his wines since the '80s, with vintages from earlier, including that '79. Occasionally an off year or bottle, but always enjoyable i... Read More

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  • It does bring a smile to my face, OT.My recollection is that we tasted both ... ever had one--California, Loire, NZ--like tha Read More

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  • Pouilly-Fume. de Ladoucette 2014


    nose of lemons and pineapples, with herby grassy notes on palate. very much like a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Chateau de Breze Saumur Clos Mazurique 2013


    Refreshing. Could be mistaken for white in a blind tasting. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Happy b'day to Sandra's dad.Today was a Costco day. Is there something ... tonight.  There were no Loire wines in the inventory.  So, we went for, surprise, California I don't think I enjoyed this one as much as previous vintages of this bottling.  Very floral nose.  Quite fruity on entry--table grapes as much as anything.  Definitely not a "b... Read More

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  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum BL. We're glad to have you join in.  Your ... with you that shellfish with Loire wines is a great matc Read More

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  • Some of my favorites: Muscadet and other Loire (I eat a lot of shellfish), La Rose Noire (a pinot noir that does not travel very far from Dardagny, Switzerland), anything big and red, Champagne and french Blanc de Blancs. I am always open to try new wines! Read More

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  • Just served a very late lunch (started eating at 3:30) on a Friday afternoon ... Villa Diamante, and another Loire red, this one a 2013 Bourgueil by Catherine and Pierre Breton. Should be an interesting comparison between the two southern Italian whites, and the two cab francs. We'll likely be focusing more on catching up than on downing the w... Read More

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  • Domaine Pascal Gitton Pouilly-Fume les Foltieres 2014


    Minerals on nose, grapefruits on palate with subtle tannins. Clean finish. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

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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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