Loire valley wine

The wines of the Loire Valley

Loire wines are produced along the riverbanks that run from the Atlantic to the Massif Central, following the course of the River Loire. This area specialises in white wines, but also produces young, light and fresh red wines. One of the characteristics of Loire wines is their good acidity, which gives them freshness and tension. The Loire Valley is a very large region, it is classified by areas: Nantes, Saumur, Anjou, Central France and Touraine.

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Riffault Sancerre Skeveldra 2013

Natural Sauvignon Blanc de Sancerre

France   AOC Sancerre (Loire)

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£26.79
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Pascal Cotat La Grande Cote 2019

A Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre that defies time

France   AOC Sancerre (Loire)

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£40.09
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Julien Courtois Autochtone 2015

An inimitable Romorantin variety white

France   Vin de France (Loire)

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Price £28.35
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Herbel La Rue Aux Loups 2015

A natural Chenin Blanc from the Loire

France   Vin de France (Loire)

Herbel La Rue Aux Loups 2015
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£18.98
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Alphonse Mellot Domaine La Moussière 2019

A floral and fruity Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre with ageing in the barrel...

France   AOC Sancerre (Loire)

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£23.22
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Comte Lafond 2018

A stand-out classic Sancerre

France   AOC Sancerre (Loire)

Comte Lafond 2018
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Domaine Vacheron Sancerre Blanc 2019

A direct, full and expressive Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc

France   AOC Sancerre (Loire)

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Domaine Guiberteau Saumur 2018

A classic Cabernet Franc from the Loire

France   AOC Saumur-Champigny (Loire)

Domaine Guiberteau Saumur 2018
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Domaine Bobinet Amatéüs Bobi 2014

A balanced and very mineral red

France   AOC Saumur-Champigny (Loire)

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Domaine de l'Ecu Granite 2018

A fresh, citric and mineral Muscadet

France   AOC Muscadet Sèvre et Maine (Loire)

Domaine de l'Ecu Granite 2018
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Julien Courtois Originel 2015

A complex and delicate natural white

France   Vin de France (Loire)

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Domaines Landron Le Melonix 2016

A biodynamic Melon de Bourgogne from the Loire

France   AOC Muscadet Sèvre et Maine (Loire)

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£14.28
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Julien Courtois Elements 2015

A smooth and fruity natural red wine from the Loire Valley

France   Vin de France (Loire)

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Antoine Sanzay La Haye Dampierre 2016

A juicy, fresh and flexible micro cuvée

France   AOC Saumur-Champigny (Loire)

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Bruno Rochard Petit Clou 2019

Extraordinary Cabernet Franc vintage expression

France   Vin de France (Loire)

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£13.27
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Domaine Philippe Alliet Chinon 2018

A pleasant, fresh and mineral Cabernet Franc from Chinon

France   AOC Chinon (Loire)

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Bernard Baudry Le Clos Guillot 2017

A Cabernet Franc with a Pinot Noir soul

France   AOC Chinon (Loire)

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Domaine des Pothiers Clos du Puy 2017

A fresh, fruity and spicy Gamay from the Loire

France   AOC Côte Roannaise (Loire)

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Herbel Le Rouge 2014

A beautiful expression of the Loire

France   AOP Anjou (Loire)

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Domaine Bobinet Les Landes 2014

Natural Loire seduction

France   AOC Saumur-Champigny (Loire)

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Domaine de l'Ecu Ange 2018

A Pinot Noir that combines power and delicacy

France   Vin de France (Loire)

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History of Loire wine

The Romans were the first to plant vineyards on the Loire Valley river banks around the 1st century. Cultivation spread to other areas and there is even some evidence that the Bretons came to loot the area’s cellars.

Loire wines have enjoyed a good reputation for years, especially those from Sancerre, which are some of the most prized wines by the English and French.

Traditionally, Loire Valley wineries are small and family-run. However, during the 1990s the number of cooperatives and negociants increased, gaining a share in total production.

Grape varieties

The most cultivated white varieties in the Loire are Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and the so-called Melon de Bourgogne in the Muscadet region. Cabernet Franc and then Gamay are the most common red varieties.

Location, climate and soils

The Loire is the longest river in France. It starts in Gerbier-de-Jonc, in the Massif Central, and crosses 1020 km before reaching in the Atlantic.

The area is located in northern France, a naturally cool area. Thankfully, the river helps to balance the temperatures and helps the grapes to ripen properly.

However, being a large area, the climate is varied. Around Nantes the climate is oceanic and humid due to the proximity of the Atlantic. Further inland, in Sancerre and in the middle of the Loire Valley, the climate is semi-continental. This area has a higher and more frequent risk of frost. This region also has autumn rains, morning mists and midday heat, creating the ideal conditions for the extraordinary process of noble rot, allowing the production of some incredible naturally sweet wines. The best sweet wines in the Loire come from vines planted on shale soil.

These vineyards lie at a relatively low altitude. From 50 metres above sea level in the Anjou area, about 120 in Sancerre and almost 500 in Auvergne. The region’s predominant soils are diverse. There are shales and clays with a high limestone or flint content.

Loire wine classification

The Loire region is very large, so it is usually divided into three sub-regions:

-Upper Loire: The main regions here are Sanceerre and Puilly-Fumé. The Sauvignon Blanc variety is queen here.

-Middle Loire: the best-known regions here are Touraine, Saumur, Chinon and Vouvray. The predominant varieties are Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.

-Lower Loire: mostly the Muscadet area, growing mainly the Melon de Bourgogne variety.

There are some denominations, however, that can include wines produced throughout the Loire Valley. Like the AOC Crémant de Loire. There is also the AOC Rosé de Loire which is used for rosés made in Anjou, Saumur and Touraine.

Some outstanding wineries in the Loire

François Crochet from the AOC Sancerre. Located in the town of Bué. He works biodynamically and is committed to minimal intervention. His vineyards lie in soils with a high silica content. His wines are refined and very fresh.

Sebastien Riffault is also a unique producer in Sancerre and works according to biodynamic principles, respecting biodiversity in the vineyard and producing natural wines, without added oenological products. He mainly works with Sauvignon Blanc.

Domaines Landron in the AOC Muscadet. A family winery that has been working organically for more than two decades and biodynamically since 2006. Their wines are known for their freshness and fineness as well as their mineral touches.

De Ladoucette, a very old winery, dating back to the 18th century and owned by Baron Patrick de Ladoucette. He makes wines in the AOC Sancerre and the AOC Pouilly-Fumé. These are some of the best wines in the region.

Domaine de Pallus, from the AOC Chinon. This winery is located in Cravant-les-Coteaux. It is run by the prestigious winemaker Bertrand Sourdais. He has also worked with other wineries in Dominio de Atauta. He cultivates mainly Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc following ecological and biodynamic principles.

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