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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

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

  • 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...

  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... ... 2001 Montlouis-Sur-Loire Les Tuffeaux  |  7 in stock  |  $24.99 Ciacci di Piccolomini 1995 Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso  |  1 in stock  |  $49.99 Ciacci di Piccolomini 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso  |  4 in stock  |  $69.99 Clos du Mont Olivet 1... Read More

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  • Chateau l'Oiseau d'Or Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2012

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    Almost flinty on the nose with the rather direct aromas of chalk and oyster shell gaining some heathery depth from the lees ageing along with a rosemary topnote. A touch round on entry but with terrific acidity this comes together well on the palate. Theres lovely lemon curd fruit here with a hint of Asian pear and a nice basenote of leesy spic... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • J.m. Raffault Chinon Rose 2013

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    Spicy and herbal on the nose with suggestions of mint, sweet tomato and ginseng framing faint, earthy red fruit. Bright on the palate, this has nice body and a hint of sugar but remains acid driven with light and lively flavors of red currant and strawberry fruit. A bit simple in the mouth, I do like the zesty character here and the rather elega... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • BTW, Chambers Street is also one of the best places to find older bottles at ... come up with. They love the Loire, Germany, and Piedmont, know those regions well, and source some great stuff. Don't go there looking for anything from the west coast, Spain, or the southern hemisphere.dvogler - I think it's the exception rather than the rule in ... Read More

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  • La Craie Sancerre 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by jeffmacintyre


  • Well played Mark, the Loire gets Kudos from all ranges of wine geeks...from the old guard to the hipsters. Read More

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  • Since you asked for a report, Al.Our post-event plan was modified a bit. ... ... ... me that just screamed Loire Valley white wineThis hit the spot -- crisp and refreshing, tons of tart acids.  It went great with the shellfi Read More

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  • Emark is 100% correct.  I'd also suggest that, if you have a large ... a sparkling Chenin from the Loire, very reasonably priced, like the Pinon.Enjoy your day, and remember that the guests are there to celebrate the newlyweds, not critique the win Read More

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  • Saumur Champigny Tradition Domaine de Bonneliere 2012

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    I was with a group of friends having dinner in a restaurant in the French town ... ... franc in the central Loire valley south-east of the town of Saumur Domaine de Bonneliere is a 30 hectare estate run by Anthony and Cedric Bonneau, brothers from a family with a long history of wine-making producing a range of red, white and rose wines.I enj... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine de la Racauderie Vouvray Moelleux 2002

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    I had the Vouvray Demi-sec 2010. My husband and I both loved it! I am also very sensitive to sulfites and didn't have any reactions to this wine. Read More

    Wine review by justkidden


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