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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

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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  • Couly-Dutheil

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

  • Sauvion, Maison

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

  • 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...

  • Domaine Henri Bourgeois

    White Sancerre LE CHÊNE SAINT-ETIENNE Brilliant golden yellow, it glisten by his sheen. The nose ...

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Loire on Snooth

  • Duncan, I take it you were cruising a portion of the Loire Valley? How did you find the malbec? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Langlois-Chateau Cremant de Loire Langlois Brut Rose

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    Nice little number had with Crab Cakes at Perry's. Completely enjoyable, smooth, bubbly, with bright ripe fruit and floral notes, great acidity. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Vouvray Benoit Gautier Sec 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Cahors, Fox. Better than the Cot up the Loire, which is in many cases, however, better than Argentine. Black Cahors can shock you when you find the right one. "Petrol aromatics"?  Is that something desirable?  I would expect a 2003 Zinfandel to be way past its prime by now.Petrol is something common to Riesling at a certain point in its aging. I... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Stand by my statement, OT, especially after the dozen or more different ... ... ... wines from Bordeaux, the Loire and S.A., too. How much SB (not a Rhone product but you were drinking wines from other regions too, from your posts) did you have in France, Al? Some of them would've been eye-opening, I'm sure. I'm guessing OT was asking about mo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Noticed that the other day and had similar thoughts Dave.Duncan, maybe only 1% ... France. Grower Champagne, Loire, Cru Beajolais, and other outskirts of or hidden Burgundy gems as well as some other Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • James - there was no dry version until very recently, well after the fall of ... it, also owns Huet in the Loire. I'm convinced that the Hungarian property can produce wine every bit as good as the Huet property, but since they won't get the return on investment because the world doesn't know it, they haven't devoted as much to it. In addition... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • We celebrated my wife Sandra's coming retirement - the 200 day mark was ... ... Mellot Sauvignon Blanc Loire Valley, France 2013.  Both glasses were nice with the oysters.  We also enjoyed a spinach tart here too before heading out to the next place...Which turned out to be the 'Cork Wine Bar' just up the street (14th street).  This was to be... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Domaine de Beauregard Muscadet Sevre et Maine Laurent Gregoire 2013

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    Binny's 4/2015. More, more, more. Just perfect on the first day on June 2015. The muscadet I mean, doesn't seem to matter who produces it. 10 months between bottles...300 days to long. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • The above represents something tried from the Loire Valley in France. I could go into detail but prefer to sit here and enjoy it and dream of the day I open my second bottle.This is Lovely,Lefty - The great Pacific Northwest Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


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