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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • 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...

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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  • Domaine Henri Bourgeois

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

  • Gratien & Meyer

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

  • 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...

  • Cave de Vignerons de Saumur

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

  • Blanc Foussy

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

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Loire on Snooth

  • Richard  I also like syrah and do not want to make you jealous but I have ... money wines to be had in the Loire valley and in Beaujolais.Not all Burgundies are horrendously expensive.The Cotes de Beaune is cheaper,as a rule, than the Cotes de Nuits and the Cotes de Chalonaise and Cotes de Maconais cheaper still.There are also some nice reds a... Read More

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  • I tend to like the 'smoked' flavor in some cheeses, but last night the ... ... (Domaine de la Perriere, Loire France) for Sandra and a 2013 Nickel & Nickel Chardonnay (Truchard Vineyard, Napa) for myself.  These were paired with a bread basket and a dozen raw oysters - six Olde Salt, three Barren and three Wellfleet.  They were all delicious, ... Read More

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  • Yeah - asparagus is really hard. You kind of want a white that has some herbal ... ... lean wine from say the Loire Valley. But it's a hard match.I agree with Dmucker about the chocolate. When sweet wines get an oxidized quality, they pick up a kind of toffee flavor and that works with chocolate. Without that, you have tannin, which doesn't w... Read More

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  • Sylvain Bailly Sancerre Rose la Louee 2012

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  • Domaine des Echardieres Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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  • Henri Bourgeois Cabernet Franc Petit Bourgeois 2011

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  • I don't know where people get those descriptions VV! Don't worry, you ... Rioja and Bordeaux and the Loire were rained out that year. The Tondonia vineyard is protected by the mountains, but the region was still affected. 2001 was a great year but the lack of rain put the vines at a disadvantage the next year. then it was pretty cold in the sp... Read More

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  • Joseph Mellot Sincerite Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Champalou Vouvray Fondraux 2013

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  • Barton & Guestier Rose d'Anjou 2013

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