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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Remy-pannier

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

  • Château de Sancerre

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

  • Blanc Foussy

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

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Loire on Snooth

  • Emark is right - it's a great source of decently-priced varieties. It's the home of SB and one of the only places that actually does it right IMHO. Also Chenin Blanc and it's a great source of sweet wines as well. But the reds are an acquired taste if you're not used to Gamay, Malbec, and Cab Franc that's lean and acidic. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ever-Changing Value Wines -...


  • I am easily manipulated into revising this thread, but I wasn't seeing much action regarding cheap Pinot Noir, so I moved on.  Perhaps after a week or so we can refocus on the Pinot's from a certain region....but I would like to see some more examples of the Sancerre region if possible. Read More

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  • Loire Valley is a treasure of well-priced wines.  SBs from Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume rarely disappoint.  I don't think I have any in inventory right now, but they are fairly easy to pick up.  I know we have a Trader Joe's visit in our near term future.  Trader Joe's  rarely sells the absolute top-of-the-line wines, but what they do sell is fairly... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ever-Changing Value Wines -...


  • EM, sounds like a Trader Joe's trip in your near future, and I need to open the above Sancere bottle within the next few days.  I wonder if I can pair it with nachos? Read More

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  • How about we change to a new varietal for consideration as Thanksgiving approaches?  I suggest we look at the white varietal (Sauvignon Blanc) of the Sancerre region in France.  Then we can expand to Sauvignon Blanc around the world.  I haven't yet opened this one to confirm how good it is, but my expectations are high.  I'll open in very soon i... Read More

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  • Last night I had a baked mackerel for my supper so I opened a bottle of dry ... wine.It was a Pouilly-sur-Loire from Giles Chollet made of the unusual chasselas grape that originated in Switzerland. It was bone dry with a fairly bland melon style fruit but also some citrus especially on the finish. It was only the second bottle of chasselas I ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Pouilly-Sur-Loire Giles Chollet 2013

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from the website www.winesensations.co.uk. Pouilly-sur-Loire is an appellation created in 1939,although there has been viticulture here since at least the Romans,for white wines made of the chasselas grape from 7 communes on the east bank of the river Loire around the small town of that name.This is the same ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine de Bellevue Saint-Pourcain 2013

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website www.winesensations.co.uk. Saint Pourcain is an appellation created in 2009,although viticulture here has a history going back to at least the Romans,for red,white and rose wines from 19 communes around the small town of that name.This is located in the Auvergne region almost in the centre of ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • As it happens I intend opening a bottle of red Saint Pourcain next.Saint ... ... Pourcain is considered as a Loire valley appellation. Red Saint Pourcain is a blend of gamay and pinot noir just like passetoutgrains in Burgundy. Read More

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  • The Loire is the 2nd most common region for Cot/Malbec in France to the extent I've encountered it. I really do like the French examples more than the Argentine, just as I tend to like Burgundian pinot noir more than the over-enthusiastic cherry cola versions you often encounter in California. Not that all CA and OR PNs are like that, fortunatel... Read More

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