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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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

Popular Wineries in Loire View all

  • Couly-Dutheil

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

  • 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...

  • Cave de Vignerons de Saumur

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

  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

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

  • 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

  • Jean Claude Dagueneau Saint Andelain Pouilly Fume 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Mark, what was the Hollywood Bowl 'boorishness'? And how were the ... ... above that. Sunday was some Loire and a lot of village-level Burgundy. The Pouilly-Fume to start with made us forget the Kiwi cat piss pretty quickly. Then Monday (a holiday) was a lot of white and rose sparkling, with some still Graves white (SB & semillon blend) thrown... Read More

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  • Le Fils des Gras Moutons Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2015

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    Binny's 6/2017. Took this to South Haven and drank the whole bottle myself. Actually it was bottle #2 on the afternoon/evening wine fest. Very good. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Nice Zinfandel EM.  I haven't tried that one yet.We drove over to ... ... ... and a Sancerre from the Loire Valley in France) with the crab and a prosecco with the oysters.  I think Sandra had a Sauvignon Blanc but I'm not sure now.   The meal was quite tasty and they even threw in a free espresso after I had already paid because, well, I dec... Read More

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  • BLM - that muscadet was definitely French, Loire Valley, here's the full blown name from CellarTracker;Luneau-Papin / Domaine Pierre de la Grange Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Terre de Pierre Butte de la Roche.And yes, this would make an excellent partner to any type of shellfish that's done up in a lighter flavor/sauce. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Sometimes we get used to paying upwards of $100 for a nice bottle of wine from ... ... exceptional from the Loire Valley (Sancerre region) in France.  Have you found a bottle worthy of mentio Read More

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  • Bonnet-Huteau Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine la Tarciere Sur Lies 2015

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    This seaside (Nantais) wine is from a respected domaine and has a little musk and more depth than the usual Muscadet. The flavour is quite neutral, although also dense for such a wine, with some nuttiness (due to the lies, no doubt).Not particularly fresh-tasting and a bit flat, but there is white fruit such as gooseberry, a little white pepper... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Domaine de la Désoucherie Cheverny 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington ... from 24 ... from 24 communes between the Loire and Cher rivers south of the town of Blois.Domaine de la Desoucherie is a small family owned producer in this area.My bottle is a blend of 80% pinot noir and 20% gamay.I started my bottle last night with my supper of bacon pasta b... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Bonnezeaux Domaine du Moulin de Beauregard 1989

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... of the town of Angers in the Loire valley.It is part of the larger Coteaux du Layon appellation.I have not been able to find out much about Domaine du Moulin de Beauregard.I started my bottle last night with a plate of bread and cheese.It was certainly sweet almost like honey or syrup.There was ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine de Beauregard Muscadet Sevre et Maine Laurent Gregoire 2014

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    Binny's 3/2017. This vintage down a notch from the 2013, but who cares, Muscadet is just the best, or very close to it. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


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