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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Blanc Foussy

    The wine-growing region in the World Heritage region of the Loire Valley The colours and scent of...

  • Domaine Henri Bourgeois

    White Sancerre LE CHÊNE SAINT-ETIENNE Brilliant golden yellow, it glisten by his sheen. The nose ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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Loire on Snooth

  • Paul Buisse Sauvignon Blanc Touraine 2013

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    A hint of mint or tarragon greets the nose followed by dusty mineral notes, a touch of green tomato and some sweet apricot undertones. Lean and focused, this is rather austere style of Sauvignon Blanc with fine acids supporting a veil of green tomato and lime flavors. the texture here is attractively fresh and light, though the flavors are clea... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine Thomas-Labaille Sancerre les Monts Damnes Cuvee Buster 2013

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    Really very attractive on the nose with nicely layered roasted green chiles, a hint of jalapeno, cut grass ands sweet lemon and lime aromas. In the mouth this displays big acids up front supporting fresh and nuanced flavors of grapefruit and guava with some of the green herbal qualities emerging aromatically in the mouth. the texture is medium f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vouvray "Tuffeau " Thierry 2009

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    15.96 --> 9.96 Read More

    Wine review by mariel1112


  • Took a second look in reverse order this time and found some interest in Burgundy/Italy/Loire.But not before I did some local shopping of my own just now...found these 2010 Gruaud Larose already at about the best price ($99) at 15% off at total wine so grabbed their last three. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Wednesday Wines (aka hump day...


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