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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • 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...

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

  • Domaine Henri Bourgeois

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

  • 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...

  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

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

  • Couly-Dutheil

    The famous vineyard of Chinon Established in 1921 by Baptiste Dutheil, then developped by René Co...

  • 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

  • Marquis de la Tour Brut NV

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    I opened this and was a little surprised. At first it has an interesting aroma. Upon drinking it, the brut hits you first. It then blooms into a fruity blend. Its very nice if you are looking for a fruity cheaper champagne. Read More

    Wine review by mfenwick


  • Vaufuget Vouvray 2011

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    Slightly off dry (it reminded me of riesling), this is a well balanced chenin blanc with lots of acid and notes of green apple and honey with a touch of lime and some slightly salty minerality. Good length with a dry finish. (Proved to be a versatile cheese wine - the sweetness bounced well off both blue cheese and parmesan) Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Domaine des Hardieres Coteaux du Layon 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre 2012

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    Susan liked this a lot Read More

    Wine review by ArchieBorealis


  • Domaine de la Premiere Sancerre 2008

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    This sancerre is a pale, bright straw color. Goosberry and flowerey fruit flavors, and a good acid balance with a pleasing aftertaste. Good length on mineral notes. Read More

    Wine review by lksinva


  • Chateau de Sancerre Blanc 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by ArchieBorealis


  • Reserve des Vignerons Reserve des Vignerons Saumur Champigny 2009

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    Opaque garnet hue, aromas of red & black tree fruits with herbal overtones; bright dry black cherries, black raspberries race across the palate with sweet oak for a moderately long finish. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth


  • I'd forgotten that they do have Costcos in Canada.  I actually shopped ... ... wines--from Burgundy and Loire.  However, during the holiday season they will have both Dom and Cristal Champagne.  I usually pass.  Sad to say if I'm going to pay that much for a wine, even at Costco prices, I'm going to look for a hearty re Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • You may also like a Vouvray demi-sec from the Loire valley Read More

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  • Marc Bredif Chinon 2010

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    Light Loire red Read More

    Wine review by Jaywin


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