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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Couly-Dutheil

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

  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

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

  • Remy-pannier

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

  • Cave de Vignerons de Saumur

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

  • 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...

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Loire on Snooth

  • It was a crazy afternoon, with quite a few people in and out of the two ... ... had some stray bottles of Loire chenin blanc and SB (and Chinon red) around the place, and some riesling from both Alsace and the Mosel. All good wines but the Batard garnered the most comments before the La Chapelle appeared. General level of revelry was pretty hi... Read More

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  • Domaine Serge Laloue Sancerre Rouge 2014

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    savoury and fruity Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon 2015

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    Very much enjoyed this - enough complexity to be interesting, but a lighter-weight red wine which plays well with complex foods. Read More

    Wine review by hipwine


  • Complices de Loire St. Nicolas de Bourgueil les Canonnieres 2014

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    Intense cherry fruits on nose, quite tannic with some balance of fruits Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Domaine Salavard Cheverny Blanc 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by jksjkc


  • Broke a couple of personal practices the other night. First of all I'm on a ... open up. Some wine from the Loire, some from Aetna. Nothing I'd order lots of, and in two cases way too frizzante on the tongue. At least they stimulated conversation. OK, time to sit down and eat, and to have a decent wine accompanying.    So that was some octopus/... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Bougrier Vin de France Chenin V 2015

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    Good Thanksgiving choice. Moderately sweet with good acidity for balance. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Good dry Brut (not the off dry version I had tonight) Champagne first choice. ... ... second. Muscadet and dry Loire SB third. Graves SB/semillon blend 4th, picpoul de pinet 5th, Alsatian riesling 6th, Spanish and Portuguese whites next. Have even had pleasurably with dry chenin blanc, whether from Savennieres or South Africa. In Oz and SE Asi... Read More

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  • I like all kinds of oysters.  But you can also have them with Gruner ... ... and (yes, it's from the Loire) lots of Muscadet.  Somebody here probably had them with a great dry Riesling from Oregon or Alsace and will chime in.&nbs Read More

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  • Yeah! It is oyster season in my town. Pick a peck in about 30 min. Best oysters ... is white, dry, French, and Loire or Champagne with an exceptional Chardonnay or Chablis admitted, meeting of course the French criteria. Notice the "spikes".  You will never see those on a restaurant oyster. They are ground off to be "presentable" Read More

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