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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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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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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  • Château de Sancerre

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

  • Gratien & Meyer

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

  • Couly-Dutheil

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

  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

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

  • Sauvion, Maison

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

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  • Domaine de la Grange le Clos Mabille 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a stand at the London France Show back in ... ... the town of Tours in the Loire valley.It is an 'umbrella 'appellation because it includes a number of smaller but more prestigious appellations such as Chinon and Vouvray.My bottle was made at the family concern of Domaine de la Grange from a blend of cabernet ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Vincent Pinard "Nuance" Sancerre 2014

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    A note of oak comes through, though modest it's there and creates a more creamy/elegant SB with the sharpness twinged just a bit. Melon, citrus and lemongrass notes ride another mainstay - minerality. It's refreshing and will last for a couple of years yet. Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Domaine de la Noblaie les Chiens-Chiens Chinon 2012

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    Raspberry and cherry float lightly with dried florals, herbs and spice. With just a touch of extra body this easy to drink, well heeled and lengthy. Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • La Chevallerie Vieilles Vignes Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil 2010

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a Stand at the London France Show back in ... in January that was selling Loire valley wines [ www.amandaswines.co.uk ] and I paid around a tenner for it. Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil is an appellation created in1937,although viticulture here goes back to at least the Romans,for red and rose wines from the singl... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Celebration Crémant de Loire 2008

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    You start with the price and soon realise that this is excellent value, and as pleasing as many cheaper champagnes. It would be an excellent choice for when you need six bottles for a gathering of some sort. The main quality is the combination of good depth of fruit with a nice refreshing tweak of acidity. The wide scope of attendant flavours of... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Les Vaucorneilles Cuvee Nathan Touraine Mesland 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a stand at the London France Show back in ... in January that was selling Loire valley wines [www.amandaswines.co.uk] and I paid around a tenner for it.Touraine Mesland is a sub-appellation within the larger Touraine appellation for red,white and rose wines from six communes around the village of Mesland.This ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Sara, am I correct in assuming that you want to spend a total $200 for all ... ... ...  Any number of good Loire Valley wines, e.g., Pouilly Fume, Sancerre, Vouvray, should be available to you.Now, if you are thinking of spending $200 per bottle, then that is completely different.  Let us know.Actually, the best thing for you to do is go to a ... Read More

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  • Chateau de la Chesnaie Muscadet 2009

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    Wine review by Marijan Kurtovic


  • Terre de Fumee Coteaux du Giennois 2011

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    It is rare to see this wine in BC - especially one from the 2011 vintage. But the well-known and respected Henri Bourgeois has produced an inexpensive, nicely aged Coteaux du Giennois with a solid, musky quince, lemon and mown grass nose and more musk and smoke on the palate (hence the wine's proprietary name). Solid value. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Weird thread to revive. Twice no less!Anyhow, I suppose the OP and the other ... banned acidification. In the Loire, it's rainy and gloomy a lot of the time, so you can't irrigate. In the south of Spain and in Washington, it's dry desert so you can irrigate. In Sauternes, they want sweet wine, so in case they don't get enough botrytis, they ca... 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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