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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Blanc Foussy

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

  • Remy-pannier

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

  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

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

  • Gratien & Meyer

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

  • 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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Loire on Snooth

  • Antoine Simoneau Touraine Sauvignon 2007

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    Wine review by Louisa41


  • Antoine Simoneau Touraine Sauvignon 2007

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    Fruity, Well balance between Sugar and Aciditycompromise between New World Wine and Traditional Loire Valley Sauvignon Read More

    Wine review by Louisa41


  • Guilbaud Frères Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Cuvée du Lion 2007

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    This a very crisp and clean Muscadet. Very clear look with a ting of gold color. Lemony smell and a sweet, lemony taste. The sweetness slowly dissipates leaving with the fruity, mineral after taste. Very well put together. This wine was suggested to be pared with seafood and I believe it would the would complement each other nicely. Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


  • Domaine du Bouchot Pouilly-Fumé 2006

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    The wine was a nice, medium, gold color. On the nose, there were lime and lemon aromas blended with hints of green apple and flowers. There was also the anticipated smoke and stone-like aromas. In the mouth, there was a nice mixture of lime and wet-stone flavors.For a complete review, visit my blog at http://bit.ly/s3B7i Read More

    Wine review by Alleigh


  • Champalou Vouvray le Clos du Portail 2005

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    This dry Vourvray (Chenin Blanc) from Champalou is quite consistently delicious, but the 2005 is a step above that. It's not a wine that knocks you over the head--but give it a few minutes and it will win you over with it's ripe pear fruit, excellent acid-balance and a remarkably graceful texture. Easy to drink by itself, a real crowd-pleaser, a... Read More

    Wine review by steve1000


  • Domaine de la Quilla Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie 2007

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    highly acidic with complex minerality. great wine and a fantastic value at $9.99. Read More

    Wine review by bsalle


  • Les Varennes du Grand Clos Charles Joguet 2001

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    light bodied, little bit murky, olives Read More

    Wine review by Hy1212


  • Les Varennes du Grand Clos Charles Joguet 2001

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    90 points Wine Spectator: "Nice and supple, with deep black cherry and currant fruit, firm tannins, and notes of minerals, tobacco and olive paste that add extra dimension. Solid grip on the finish." (12/03) Since it was founded by Charles Joguet in 1957, the domain has been seeking to highlight as best possible the Chinon terroirs (a combinatio... Read More

    Wine review by Hy1212


  • Corbillieres Sauvignon Blanc Touraine White 2007

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    Light and pleasant aroma, with hints of lime and grapefruit. Similar experience on the palate with a slight grass taste. Smooth and pleasant finish. A great value! Read More

    Wine review by ballance


  • Sancerre les Monts Dame Bailly Reverdy 2005

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    love it, 90% Carmanere (grapes known to have extincted since 1880 in Bordeaux and resurfaced in Chile only since the last decade). aroma - blackcurrent, casis, coffee Read More

    Wine review by Hy1212


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