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 »

Mentor for Loire Wines

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

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Couly-Dutheil

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

  • J. Moeau & Fils

    Located in the heart of the Chablis region, just outside the village of Chablis, J. Moreau & Fils...

  • Remy-pannier

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

  • 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

  • Domaine des Forges Anjou-Villages "Les 3 C" 2010

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    Very dusty/earthy nose. Smells like my great-grandmother's closet. Pairs well with braised pork shoulder. Acidic, with lots of terroir showing through. A surprise on the first sip, then it settles in. Improved after being open for a day; blunted the sharpness down a bit and brought out a little more fruit. Read More

    Wine review by wiredirepair


  • Domaine Pichot Vouvray Domaine le Peu de la Moriette 2012

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    honeysuckle, pineapple. Slightly off dry. Tasty overall. I never drink Chenin Blanc so I wasnt sure what to expect. I think, not sure...im not a pro that I would like this wine to be a bit less sweet and probably more acidity. Still great with a fresh salad for dinner. Read More

    Wine review by jescobio


  • Lacheteau Cremant de Loire Brut NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Marquis de la Tour Brut NV

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    I opened this and was a little surprised. At first it has an interesting aroma. Upon drinking it, the brut hits you first. It then blooms into a fruity blend. Its very nice if you are looking for a fruity cheaper champagne. Read More

    Wine review by mfenwick


  • Vaufuget Vouvray 2011

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    Slightly off dry (it reminded me of riesling), this is a well balanced chenin blanc with lots of acid and notes of green apple and honey with a touch of lime and some slightly salty minerality. Good length with a dry finish. (Proved to be a versatile cheese wine - the sweetness bounced well off both blue cheese and parmesan) Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Domaine des Hardieres Coteaux du Layon 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre 2012

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    Susan liked this a lot Read More

    Wine review by ArchieBorealis


  • Domaine de la Premiere Sancerre 2008

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    This sancerre is a pale, bright straw color. Goosberry and flowerey fruit flavors, and a good acid balance with a pleasing aftertaste. Good length on mineral notes. Read More

    Wine review by lksinva


  • Chateau de Sancerre Blanc 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by ArchieBorealis


  • Reserve des Vignerons Reserve des Vignerons Saumur Champigny 2009

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    Opaque garnet hue, aromas of red & black tree fruits with herbal overtones; bright dry black cherries, black raspberries race across the palate with sweet oak for a moderately long finish. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth


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