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...

  • 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...

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...

  • 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 ...

  • Blanc Foussy

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

  • Château de Sancerre

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

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Loire on Snooth

  • Huet's star is definitely fading a bit with the new ownership, and '12 ... like a very good vintage for Loire so I won't be in for much, if any of that. In case you missed it:However, I wonder how much the infatuation with Huet has become about the brand and its history...anyway its come with a little shock that the Huet brand has been cut dow... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How long will a good dry...


  • I think you will have lots of choices in birth year bottles for your son.  ... bet.  And, although the Loire wasn't as spot on as 2010, why not some Huet, with and without noble ro Read More

    Forum post in the topic How long will a good dry...


  • You have a pretty good start on young reds if you like Cab Franc.  I'd ... and French (mostly from the Loire, but also from Bordeaux).  Chenin Blanc is often a good deal and it's going to be the antithesis of those creamy chards, all citrus pith, stones, and acid, but aging into wax and honeysuckle. Welcome to Snooth, great first post!  Now go ... Read More

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  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Minky.  And congratulations on composing an ... from California, France (the Loire regions of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume) and New Zealand.  I'm sure you will get more good advice from other contributors.Oh, and your close sent me to Google to find out what "slainte" means.  Thank yo Read More

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  • Cabernet d'Anjou

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    Heerlijke rosewijn, licht zoet. Fris opdienen. Ideale terraswijn Read More

    Wine review by devosp


  • Le Paradis Chinon 2012

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    black cherry, licorice, vanilla....smooth full bodied red with a fairly dry finish... Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer


  • Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon les Granges 2010

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    Lots of fresh herbaceous blackberry on the nose here, coupled with refreshing hints of menthol and cough drop. My better half and I both though the nose was a bit like a dolcetto. On the palate it was slightly less complex. Lots of plush, soft tannin and a delicate balance of flavors. The body was a defining characteristic of this wine - very mo... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Chateaux Maimbray Sancerre Rose, Loire is a favorite of mine. Read More

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  • Ackerman Bellerive Cabernet d'Anjou 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Lots of people who drink sherry in Tokyo. And a hell of a lot easier to find ... find good sherry than good Loire red.  Two more shops, two more strikes (five so far, hope I get a hit before the inning ends). Smatterings of whites and roses, no Loire CF to save my life. I could've found more 20 years ago, far more easily, than in 2014. Says so... Read More

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