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The Loire Valley couldn’t be more deserving of its nickname, ‘Le Jardin de la France’. This vast expanse of vineyards stretching almost 500km from the Atlantic coast to the centre of Franceis one of the most pedologically diverse regions of the wine world, a terroir-rich playgroundfor the hundreds of talented vignerons who work its soils.

Atlantic breezes lap the schist, quartz vineyards of the Nantais to the west where gentle lees aging produces the refreshing, food-friendly white, Muscadet. Further inland in Saumur and Anjou, rows of cellars carved from limestone (tuffeau) store some of the world’s most stunning expressions of the Chenin grape. From the unctuous, sweet, honey blossom whites of Côteaux du Layon to sparkling Saumurs which rival the best of Champagne, and some fresh and vibrant reds from the Loire’s best loved red grape, Cabernet Franc.

Tiptoe further still and discover the 100% Chenin whites of Vouvray where clay flint soils yield yet more outstanding varieties with the longevity and structure of the best white Burgundy.

The eastern tip of this vast and fascinating region belongs to Sauvignon Blanc. In the famous white vineyards of Sancerre chalky, limestone and flint soils unify to give this distinctive white its gun flint character. Across the river a touch more clay provides Pouilly Fumé with a complex smokiness which makes it unique. Just below, Menetou Salon and Quincy should not be overlooked as exceptionally good value alternatives to their A-list neighbours.

With this level of diversity and range, the Loire Valley really is a secret garden for the exploring wine drinker.

 

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Domaine Didier Champalou, Vouvray Sec, 2015

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2015
High quality Vouvray showing good fruit on the nose with complex, honeyed palate and dry finish. Learn more about Domaine Didier Champalou, Vouvray Sec
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Cave de Saumur Rouge La Cabriole, 2015

Vintage
2015
Brick red with ruby highlights, this wine is delicately aromatic with a redcurrant and liquorice bouquet which follows through seamlessly onto the medium bodied, elegant palate. Finishes with a firm but rounded dry finish. Learn more about Cave de Saumur Rouge La Cabriole
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Cave de Saumur Blanc La Cabriole, 2016

Vintage
2016
Aromas of honey and honeysuckle can be found on the nose, on the palate it is light, dry and crisp, with well balanced acidity and a long lingering finish of quince, melon and honeydew. Learn more about Cave de Saumur Blanc La Cabriole
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Domaine de Brizé Saumur Brut, NV

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NV
Champagne in all but name, a real favourite for those wanting Champers style at half the price. Learn more about Domaine de Brizé Saumur Brut
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Domaine de Brizé Saumur Brut Rosé, NV

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NV
SILVER MEDAL IWC 2015 - Crunchy English summer fruits - well made, well-rounded, delicious - too easy to drink too much of it! Learn more about Domaine de Brizé Saumur Brut Rosé
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Granit de Chateau-Thebaud, Muscadet Sevre et Maine, 2010

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2010

Beautiful bottle aged Muscadet, made from 55 year old vines and benefitting from extended underground cellaring on its lees.

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Pithon-Paillé Coteaux des Treilles, Anjou, 2013

Vintage
2013

Fantastic abundance of fresh green fruits with lovely balancing acidity to create a bright and fresh wine full of minerality. Perfect with fish, poultry and veal.

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Pithon-Paillé Bourgueil Graviers, 2012

Vintage
2012

A superb wine with intense red fruits on the nose, and delicious vegetal notes of earth and olive on the palate, all balanced with good acidity and soft tannins.

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