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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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 ...

  • 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...

  • Couly-Dutheil

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

  • Domaine Henri Bourgeois

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

  • Château de Sancerre

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

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  • Clos de la Deviniere Maison Natale de Rabelais Cabernet Franc 2009

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    I bought this bottle of wine for 5 euros from the gift shop at Chinon castle ... ... along 60 miles of the Loire river from Blois to Chinon. It is an 'umbrella' designation which includes a number of other AOCs notably Chinon, Vouvray and Montlouis. My bottle is from a winery attatched to the Musee Rabelais, a 15th century building in Seuilly... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop, also called 'Le Grand Bouqueteau ' ... river, a tributary of the Loire, about half-way between Tours and Saumur. My bottle was made by Chateau du Coudray-Montpensier which is located just south of Chinon. I started my bottle last night with my pork chop and I did enjoy it. There is a lot of some fairl... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Fournier Père & Fils Sauvignon Vin de Pays du Val de Loire 2006

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    Wine review by ramblero


  • Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon 2012

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    Dark Ruby/Burgundy Color with earth/mineral and cinnamon/grape jelly taste/smell.A bit of chocolate in the background then after a while an odd, but pleasant carrot/celery/green chile notes.Very Dry and quite tart. A Cabernet Franc that I keep asking, 'terrific, now where is the Sauvignon?' This clearly felt like here is the half of the Cabernet... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • I haven't been playing in these, mostly, because they seem to be too much ... the sushi, I'd go with a Loire Valley white.  Sancerre would be my first choice, but any one would be fine.If you'r going to soak it in soy sauce, then, I agree that beer might be the best answerI'm not sure what that last pic is.  Fish sauc Read More

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  • Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rose 2012

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    Very nice rose of cab franc. Hints of ripe strawberry, lime pith, nice acidity and some floral notes on the finish. Very good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Jean-Claude Bougrier Vouvray 2012

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    Sweet upon entry and quickly followed by crisp acidity to balance the sugar. Very smooth and paired well with salmon dip and a strong blue cheese. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Laurent Reverdy Sancerre 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore


  • I know it is, that's why I said 'more' in the 2nd paragraph. ... ... ultimately flowing into the Loire. Thus we are deep within the Sèvre et Maine region here, Muscadet's heartland. The town has given its name to the type of granite upon which it sits, and hence the name of this cru communalin waiting is Château-Thébaud, as all are named for t... Read More

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  • Just found another offering for the same Muscadet winemaker I recommended ... ... ... ET MAINE, PAYS NANTAIS, LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE 2010                              I am constantly researching, tasting, and hunting for exciting wines to share with you. I will be the first to admit that the world’s best and most exciting wines are rarely a bar... 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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