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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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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  • 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...

  • Gratien & Meyer

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Chateau de Thauvenay Sancerre 2014

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    Something of a stony/minerally nose. Very light-bodied. Very crisp and tartof lemon and, maybe, peach. Some grassiness and some stoniness. If you are OK with the tartness, it is a good summer sipping wine, and, certainly, inexpensive. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bourgogne blanc is chard. Melon de bourgogne is a whole different grape, more ... close to the mouth of the Loire River. Sharp and crisp and very good with seafood--and still very economical, though not as much as in past years.Are you drinking red, and why was the Margaux recommended to you? Any idea what you like in that color of wine? And h... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • The area (and especially a town like Riquewihr) really does have that medieval ... with castles along both the Loire and the Rhine (as well as Mosel), provided lots of inspiration to the Disney folk. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip Report - Alsace France


  • Pallus Messanges Rose Cabernet Franc Chinon Val de Loire 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Stubs66


  • Domaine Breton la Dilettante Vouvay 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by hope28


  • Coteaux du Layon Vignoble Galineau 2007

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    I bought three bottles of this wine from the website ... grape [ called pineau de Loire in this area ] from 27 communes to the south of the town of Angers along the river Layon,a tributary of the Loire.There are three more prestigious sub-appellations, Coteaux du Layon Chaume, Quarts de Chaume, and Bonnezeau. Chateau de la Viaudiere is a small ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine de la Grange le Clos Mabille 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a stand at the London France Show back in ... ... the town of Tours in the Loire valley.It is an 'umbrella 'appellation because it includes a number of smaller but more prestigious appellations such as Chinon and Vouvray.My bottle was made at the family concern of Domaine de la Grange from a blend of cabernet ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Vincent Pinard "Nuance" Sancerre 2014

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    A note of oak comes through, though modest it's there and creates a more creamy/elegant SB with the sharpness twinged just a bit. Melon, citrus and lemongrass notes ride another mainstay - minerality. It's refreshing and will last for a couple of years yet. Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Vincent Pinard "Nuance" Sancerre 2014

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    Wine review by dlpugh


  • Vincent Pinard "Nuance" Sancerre 2014

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    Wine review by dlpugh


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