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...

  • 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...

  • 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

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  • Château de Sancerre

    Château de Sancerre, built in the 10th century by the Count of Champagne, is the most prestigious...

  • Sauvion, Maison

    he SAUVION house, belonging to brothers Yves and Jean-Ernest, is located in the heart of the Nant...

  • Remy-pannier

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

  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

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

  • Gratien & Meyer

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

  • Cave de Vignerons de Saumur

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

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Loire on Snooth

  • Henri Bourgeois Cabernet Franc Petit Bourgeois 2011

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    Wine review by gomariago


  • 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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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Barton & Guestier Rose d'Anjou 2013

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    Wine review by mark


  • Loire valley is like going back to my roots- spent several summers in Saumur!Any thoughts on Gavi di Gavi? Read More

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  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Alinore.  It looks like you have found the ... the ... of these are in the Loire region.  You will be surprised by the differences in wines made from the same grape variety.  I like SB from all over the world (I live in California), but I think you will find the French versions are not as vegetative or as acidic a... Read More

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  • Who knew Peter Bagge based Buddy Bradley on our own GregT?Okay, I loved that ... know what GregT has against Loire reds, but we'll discuss that another time over a glass of Gruner Veltliner (I know, I just wound him up again). I do want to point out a little math about the low-ETOH arguments of folks like Asimov et al.  Assume for a moment tha... Read More

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  • `Wines should be nimble and refreshing, energizing rather than fatiguing and ... or Atlantic regions, say the Loire Valley or Champagne or (set your little heart all aflutter) Burgundy. Just get yourself some thin, green, weedy wine that all your guests will hate and berate them for disliking it, explaining that it's "food" wine. (Just don't t... Read More

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  • Okay, I'm providing wine for my family (or I hope so, or I won't have ... a cabernet franc from the Loire.  Chinon, Bourgeuil, or St. Nicholas de Bourgeuil are often very reasonable, they go well with the gamier aspects of the dark meat and many sides, nice cleansing acidity... and very good examples can be had for about $15 if you live anywhe... Read More

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