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

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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...

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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  • Blanc Foussy

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

  • Sauvion, Maison

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

  • 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...

  • Cave de Vignerons de Saumur

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

  • Remy-pannier

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

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Loire on Snooth

  • Olga Raffault Chinon les Picasses 2002

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    Interesting - very dry Italian like (almost) - good nose at first - great taste at first but then... a bit dry and the fruit disappeared - not bad though at all - very good for the price - interesting wine - very earthy and lots of minerals - needs some time - we have another bottle and will more than likely like it better in time - Read More

    Wine review by deconut


  • Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by dobsohn


  • Charles Joguet Chinon les Petites Roches France Loire Touraine Chinon 2005

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    A really fine Chinon with darker fruit than may be typical. Almost curranty fruit marries with tobacco, ancho chili, crushed violets, and potting soil in a plush styled wine with good acidity and supporting tannins that gives this a wonderful mouthfeel. The finish continues the theme with a bit more pronounced acidity refreshing the palate and ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon 2005

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    Lovely pure fruit laid over a bed of gritty minerality yields a wine that is perfectly at home with rustic fair. Lovely suggestions of tobacco, moist earth and just a minor edge of green veggie notes. This is really very bright and eminently drinkable, best paired with something that can buffer the fine acidity here. This would also work well wi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine Gasnier Chinon les Graves 2007

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    Sucks Read More

    Wine review by om00ba


  • Chéreau-Carré Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Château du Coing de St.-Fiacre 1996

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    No written review

    Wine review by cdc


  • Domaine Bouchie-Chatellier la Renardiere 2007

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    Winner of the Pouilly-Fumé Trophy and Gold Medal at the prestigious International Wine Challenge 2008, La Renardière 2007 Pouilly-Fumé is Domaine Bouchie-Chatelliers signature wine. Tart and crisp with a good length. La Renardière displays the classic gunflint aromas, lively fruit, grassy flavors and minerality for which Pouilly-Fumé is famous... Read More

    Wine review by Greg Roberts


  • Domaine Gouron Chinon Terroirs 2005

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    The actual bottle I tried was "Terroir", Gouron's reserve bottling. Dark purple wine come from 50 year old vines has nose of black fruits and black olive with well balanced oak and acidity. Since it's a bit tannic, I wonder if it'll hit its best in a couple of years,, Read More

    Wine review by wineluv


  • Domaine Bouchie-Chatellier "Premiere Millesime" 2006

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    Domaine Bouchie-Chatelliers special reserve, produced only in select years and in small quantities (10,000 bottles) that sell out quickly. Premiere Millésimé 2006 Pouilly-Fumé is a full-bodied and complex Sauvignon Blanc with concentrated fruit (white peach, citrus and gooseberry), herbaceous and gunflint notes, minerality and the acidity requi... Read More

    Wine review by Greg Roberts


  • Noël Bougrier Vouvray 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by rreichert


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