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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

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

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Loire on Snooth

  • Le Tasting Room is, or at least was last I knew, run by Cathy Shore and her husband, and is excellent. You could do a lot worse than starting with her and what she can show you and point you towards. Last I knew she was in Le Thoureil, and is a resource that shouldn't be passed over.As promised, I'll have a few more detailed recommendations, but... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Loire Valley in July


  • Yea, the Loire produces pinot noir, but nay it's not the world's best. Even the Swiss do that grape better than the Loire. Too cool up there. Why focus on the not-so-special rarities when you're in the center of the world's best chenin blanc and (maybe) sauvignon blanc and muscadet and a very interesting iteration of cabernet franc to explore? N... Read More

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  • We love the Sancerre white wines with raw oysters.  I didn't even know there was a red Sancerre available until you mentioned it.   Read More

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  • Thank you for the quick answer. I think I am going to focus more on whites as ... as it will be in summer and Loire is more famous for the whites, right?I had a red Sancerre in Paris a few weeks ago which was from Pinot and actually pretty good (pretty simple, light and fruity). But as we are there for a whole week I´d like to get a good impre... Read More

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  • Sounds great, and good to have you back, dgc.The Loire isn't so much pinot noir country as SB, chenin blanc, cabernet franc and even cot (as well as melon de bourgogne nearer its mouth). Plenty of cremant around the place, too. Any particular styles of those you've had that you remember liking best? More focus on whites? Or lots of reds time, to... Read More

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  • Hi everybody, haven´t posted for a while... too busy drinking ... I have a trip to the Loire Valley coming up in July. We will stay 4 nights in Saumure and 2 nights in Sancerre. Anybody has ideas of which winemakers to visit? I like Pinots, Sauvignon Blanc, some Cabernet Franc and wouldn´t mind visiting a good Cremant maker. Anybody been in the... Read More

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  • Domaine des Buissonnes Sancerre By Roger Naudet 2013

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    I can review later - I just wanted to remember the wine so I can buy it again in the future. I tasted it at Egan's in Montclair, and remember loving it. Read More

    Wine review by zinful71


  • Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon les Galuches 2014

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    Thanksgiving Dinner with Frank in LA Read More

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  • Might I suggest a demi-sec Vouvray from the Loire valley.Unlike Indian food it is not spicy and is slightly sweet. Read More

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  • DV - it's Malbec from the Loire, from Cahors, from Napa, from Mendoza, from Patagonia, from Barossa, from Lake Balaton, from Walla Walla, and similar places that tastes like soap."I wonder if he's coming back to comment?  It's been a couple of days now."Al - I would say there's almost no chance of a return. Usually it's just a drive by that gets... Read More

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