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 »

Mentor for Loire Wines

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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 ...

  • Cave de Vignerons de Saumur

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

  • Gratien & Meyer

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

  • Château de Sancerre

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

  • Remy-pannier

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

  • 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

  • Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon les Grezeaux 2004

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    Leathery and spicy to the nose. Strong fruit and the lather in mouth. Was good with chicken mustard and aspargus. Read More

    Wine review by Dave1979


  • Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Generation XIX Sauvignon Blanc Loire 2005

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    Wine review by scobry


  • Mellot Sancerre Generation XIX 2004

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    Wine review by scobry


  • Remy Pannier Muscadet 2005

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    Good value here. The citrus, mineral,and pear goes well with mussels, oyster, and white fish beautifully. Also works well with cigars! Read More

    Wine review by jgnome


  • What is terroir. Well it is certainly a point of contention.Loosely stated it ... drink organic wines from the Loire and Beaujolais are not going to enjoy many big Barossa Shiraz. Conversely those who revel in the pleasure of Cult California Cabernets are just not going to flip over many bottles of Sangiovese, but really, who cares. Let everyo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is terroir?


  • Didier Champalou Vouvray 2007

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    On the dry side of Vouvray, this is a pleasant, refreshing drink with green appley flavours and a sherbet zing on the end. It's a simple, unpretentious wine, and for that, a bit pricey.(Edit: This opened up a bit after an hour or two -- the sherbety acid gave way a bit, revealing some nice caraway notes. Worth the money, then.) Read More

    Wine review by 91817Robert Dallas Gray 91817 Robert Dallas Gray


  • Remy Pannier Rose d'Anjou 2007

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    Its verry nice Rose i like it ..... sweet fruity ... so good Please send a mail where i can get it .w.vanwieren@live.nl thks Read More

    Wine review by Billy47


  • Pouilly-Fumé Aoc 2007

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    Les Baronnes is always reliable. Gooseberry, steely, grassy...somehow manages to be both somewhat opulent and nicelyl refined. Clean, bright and nicely textured from voluptuous fruit attack to mouthwatering lemon tang finish. Was awesome with two separate dinners: fancy pants mussels fettucini in a white wine and butter sauce, and cheap'n'eas... Read More

    Wine review by Grape Juice


  • Gabare Chinon 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by richbeg


  • Domaine Vacheron Sancerre 2006

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    Wine review by MrsWD


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