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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Gamay

    History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Bea...

  • Pinot Noir

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

Subregions of Loire

  • Anjou

      Anjou is an appellation created in 1987,although there has been viticulture here for centu...

  • 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 created in 1937 [although viticulture here goes back to at ...

  • Sancerre

      Sancerre is an appellation located in the so-called Upper Loire -- the eastern end of the ...

  • Saumur

      Saumur is an appellation in the Loire Valleycreated in 1936 for red,rose,and white wines f...

  • Anjou-saumur

      Anjou-Saumur is the large central section of the Loire Valley around the cities of Angers ...

  • Coteaux du Giennois

    Viticulture here has a long history going back to at least the medieval era but appellation sta...

  • Menetou-salon

    Menetou-Salon is an appellation created in 1959 for red,rose and white wines [65% are white] fr...

Popular Wineries in Loire View all

  • Sauvion, Maison

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

  • 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 ...

  • Gratien & Meyer

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

  • 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

  • Domaine Aux Moines Savennières Roche Aux Moines 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from the website ... on the north bank of the Loire around the village of that name just west of the town of Angers. Domaine aux Moines is a well known estate of the appellation.I started my bottle last night with a plate of bread and cheese.It is a dry wine but not bone dry.There is plenty of a pineapple[bu... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Les Plantagenets Chenin Blanc 2016

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    Binny's 04/18. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre les Bonnes Bouches 2015

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    Pared well with my collard greens with hot sauce last night. OK wine but not special. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • I can now report that I attended the 2018 London France Show at the Olympia ... of cot from Touraine in the Loire valley by Domaine Prieure,a bottle of sauvignon blanc from the Touraine Chenonceaux appellation by Domaine de la Chaise,and a bottle of  Rosette from Chateau Puypezat near Bergerac. This last wine was interesting because it was not... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The France Show


  • Chateau de la Jousseliniere Gros Plant du Pays Nantais Sur Lie Gilbert Chon et Ses Fils 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • But then again 2012 and 2014 are hardly all that much 'older vintage's ... Champage blanc de blancs, Loire chenin blanc, various from the Jura, Sauternes or Tokaji or Madeira, etc., etc. Al??), even if these bottles are of cheap swill served from spigots to fill empty gallon jugs back home in Italy. Though this particular grape is kinda suited... Read More

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  • And yes, I tried the Sancerre with nachos.  That makes two glasses for double the pleasure.  It pairs well, I might add. Read More

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  • Ok, I opened the Les Chailloux Sancerre bottle for lunch (charcuterie).  It is very good, even with salami.  I would recommend this bottle. Read More

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  • Afraid this is getting messy so will start some more focused threads of their own. And $30 dollars isn't necessarily on the cheap end for sauvignon blanc. You can still frequently find very pleasantly drinkable Entres-Deux-Mers, for example, at under $15. Had suggested the $30 rather than $20 limit specifically for pinot noir which, unfortunatel... Read More

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  • And even pinot noir, some that's fairly interesting. And a lot cheaper than ... ... than Burgundy...Al, the Loire, and each of its grapes, deserves its/their own threads. I take it the effort to chase down any more cheap-but-good PN is kaput.. Read More

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