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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Cave de Vignerons de Saumur

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

  • Domaine Henri Bourgeois

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

  • J. Moeau & Fils

    Located in the heart of the Chablis region, just outside the village of Chablis, J. Moreau & Fils...

  • Sauvion, Maison

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

  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

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

  • Château de Sancerre

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

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Loire on Snooth

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  • Cabernet d'Anjou

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    Heerlijke rosewijn, licht zoet. Fris opdienen. Ideale terraswijn Read More

    Wine review by devosp


  • Le Paradis Chinon 2012

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    black cherry, licorice, vanilla....smooth full bodied red with a fairly dry finish... Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer


  • Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon les Granges 2010

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    Lots of fresh herbaceous blackberry on the nose here, coupled with refreshing hints of menthol and cough drop. My better half and I both though the nose was a bit like a dolcetto. On the palate it was slightly less complex. Lots of plush, soft tannin and a delicate balance of flavors. The body was a defining characteristic of this wine - very mo... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Chateaux Maimbray Sancerre Rose, Loire is a favorite of mine. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Rose'... wine for summer!


  • Ackerman Bellerive Cabernet d'Anjou 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Lots of people who drink sherry in Tokyo. And a hell of a lot easier to find ... find good sherry than good Loire red.  Two more shops, two more strikes (five so far, hope I get a hit before the inning ends). Smatterings of whites and roses, no Loire CF to save my life. I could've found more 20 years ago, far more easily, than in 2014. Says so... Read More

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  • I'm no expert on Loire reds, but I confess to liking them a lot and drinking them more often than the average West Coast wine drinker.  My own take is that the quality level for both Chinon and Bourgueil (and St. Nicholas de Bourg) is pretty dependent on the maker.  Prices for Bourgueil (wait for huge generalization) are just a tad lower because... Read More

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  • Greg, comeon now.  San Diego ain't Timbucktu!  Perhaps another ... the winemaker based in the Loire, also with a name like Catherine and part of a husband-and-wife team, who used to post here in the forum maybe four or more years ago? Would be interesting to get her input if at all possible, whether on stylistic issues or good bottles to targe... Read More

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  • Pascal Janvier Coteaux du Loir Rouge Rosier 2012

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    Smells herbal, woodsy. Tastes a bit thin but smooth, a bit sour on the palate. Called "la merde" by Cru Tampa. Read More

    Wine review by DCStar


  • Funny coincidence...took my family down to my folks house tonight, and as we ... case of wine with three 2010 Loire reds.Domaine guion bourgueil cuvée prestige. Bourgueil being the appelatio 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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