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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  • 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...

  • 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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Blanc Foussy

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

  • Couly-Dutheil

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

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Loire on Snooth

  • Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Domaine du Bois Bruley Chéreau Carré 2007


    Lemon colour, some small beads (probably owed to the lees ageing). Sweet floral and green fruit notes on the nose. Lemon and salt with a very slight spritz (the lees again) on the palate -- also sherbet notes and a slightly smoky oak hint. Light body and good acid. 12% alcohol. Read More

    Wine review by 91817Robert Dallas Gray 91817 Robert Dallas Gray

  • Cave de Vignerons de Saumur Saumur 2005


    The nose on this is just spectacular - and likely attributed to the fact that it is 100% Cabernet Franc. I was really curious to see how a pure CF would taste, and I was moderately pleased - but would say that 100% merlot or shiraz would still be my preference. Red fruits abound, but dry. Mineral notes, and an astringent-like back end. Its n... Read More

    Wine review by winolee

  • Domaine de la Chézatte Sancerre 2005


    Pale-medium lemon-gold. Clean, medium nose of lemon, green apple, grass. Dry with high acid, light body. Floral notes on the palate with lemon, green apple, gooseberry. Medium length. Read More

    Wine review by 91817Robert Dallas Gray 91817 Robert Dallas Gray

  • Joguet Chinon Dioterie 1990


    No written review

    Wine review by haonusa

  • Olga Raffault Chinon les Picasses 1996


    Rich sweet earth on the nose, its mica flecked yet with a jammy, almost figgy sweetness. Fresh and rich with floral top notes and mild insinuations of tomato leaf and dried green pepper and shoe leather and mentholThe mouthfeel is wonderfully fresh and crisp with gently austere tannins and superb acids supporting moderate cranberry and sour red ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Olga Raffault Chinon les Picasses 1996


    Smooth and soft tannins, with strong cedar and cherry delight the palate in this dry and delicate wine. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Olga Raffault Chinon les Picasses 1996


    Licorice on the nose, enthanolic. Acidic, lean and musty. Lots of earthiness comes through. Some glycerol as well - it feels very viscous, and has an acetone edge. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James

  • Olga Raffault Chinon les Picasses 1996


    Despite the age on this wine it still has a lot of green, vegetal flavors and a good bit of acidity. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Olivier Cousin Anjou Gamay 2005


    Extraordinarily funky and changes dramatically over the course of a meal. But a fun ride. Read More

    Wine review by Jefferby

  • Château Soucherie Champ Aux Loups 2006


    nice fruit, balanced, loamy notes. Read More

    Wine review by Jefferby

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