Loire

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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  1. Domaine Laporte, Pouilly-Fumé La Vigne de Beaussopet

    'La Vigne de Beaussoppet' is a plush, full, enveloping wine - thanks to a proportion of barrel fermentation and lees contact. Learn More

    £29.50
  2. Domaine des Vieux Pruniers, Sancerre Rosé

    Aromatic and juicy, with strawberries and hints of crushed leaves. Mouthwatering red fruits leading to a long, crisp finish. Learn More

    £17.95
  3. Domaine Laporte, Organic Sancerre La Comtesse, 2015

    A wonderfully opulent style of Sancerre: rich, rounded and exquisitely expressive. Learn More

    £32.50
  4. Cave de Saumur Blanc La Cabriole

    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

    £9.95
  5. Sancerre Cuvée Insolite, Domaine Franck Millet

    Pronounced, expressive nose of green fruits, fresh cut grass and minerals. An absolutely top-flight Sancerre. Learn More

    £28.50
  6. Château du Poyet, Muscadet de Sevre et Maine sur lie Vieilles Vignes

    Good weight and concentration followed by a clean, crisp finish. Learn More

    £9.95
  7. Vouvray Demi-Sec, Sylvain Gaudron

    Typical hints of honey and fresh hay, with chalky minerality. Learn More

    £17.95
  8. Domaine Franck Millet, Sancerre

    Leafy and aromatic, this is a classic herbaceous and lemony Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre. Learn More

    £19.95
  9. Croix des Champs, Sauvignon de Touraine

    This wine is rich, well balanced, and delicious on the palate. Learn More

    £11.95
  10. Chateau du Vieux Parc Cuvee l'Heritage Corbieres

    Great mix of classic Corbieres and modern winemaking. Very drinkable. **Please note this wine used to be called 'Tradition'.** Learn More

    £10.95
  11. Alain Cailbourdin Pouilly Fumé Cuvée du Boisfleury

    Clean, fresh wine with light elegant nose. Citrus and herbaceous palate with long finish. Learn More

    £19.95
  12. Les 4 Vents Coteau du Layon, Pithon Paille

    Delicious aromas and taste of glazed fruits, pears and subtle notes of quince, with a fresh and vibrant finish.

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    £33.50
  13. Domaine Laporte, Sancerre Rouge Les Grandmontains, 2015

    This is a wine of elegance and finesse; a real homage to Pinot Noir in a tender style that is bursting with flavour Learn More

    £24.50
  14. Granit de Chateau-Thebaud, Muscadet Sevre et Maine

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

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    £19.50
  15. Domaine Laporte, Pouilly-Fumé Les Duchesses, 2016

    Sharp flint stones give this Pouilly-Fume its fully authentic nature. It is characterised by mineral aromas combined with a smokey firestone character, pleasantly combined with smoothness and freshness on the palate Learn More

    £24.50
  16. Sauvignon de Touraine, Domaine de Pierre

    Outstanding and excellent value. Beautifully fresh, with some complexity: spring flowers, fresh mint, capsicum, pea pod, citrus fruit. Yum! Learn More

    £12.95
  17. Domaine Laporte, Organic Sancerre Le Grand Rochoy

    A fine Sancerre of complexity, character and aging potential. Learn More

    £32.50
  18. Cave de Saumur Rouge La Cabriole

    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

    £9.95
  19. Domaine Laporte, Sancerre Les Garennes, 2016

    Displaying a great aromatic persistence, Les Garennes offers notes of lily, vine and apricot. On the palate, delicate aromas of acacia flowers, pear and honey. Learn More

    £32.50
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