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 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
  2. Domaine Franck Millet, Sancerre

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

    £19.95
  3. 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
  4. Chateau du Vieux Parc La Selection Corbieres

    GOLD MEDAL SWA - An elegant, complex wine that shows the benefits of low yields and old vines. Learn More

    £15.95
  5. Muscadet, Château de la Bretesche

    A true terroir Muscadet - with elegance, complexity, mellowness and a touch of the mineral touch. Learn More

    £11.95
  6. Saumur Rosé La Cabriole, Cave de Saumur

    Fuller and more vinous on the palate than many rosés, with plenty of flavour. Learn More

    £10.95
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Château Favray, Pouilly Fumé

    A lush, grassy, dry white with depth of fruit and superb balance. Learn More

    £17.50
  10. 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
  11. Vouvray Demi-Sec, Sylvain Gaudron

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

    £17.95
  12. Croix des Champs, Sauvignon de Touraine

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

    £11.95
  13. Gamay de Touraine, Domaine de Pierre

    A light style with ripe cherry flavours - The perfect summer red wine! Learn More

    £12.95
  14. Vouvray Sec, Sylvain Gaudron

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

    £17.95
  15. Domaine des Vieux Pruniers, Sancerre

    Delicate mineral notes of chalk and slate with plenty of melon and citrus fruits. Learn More

    £17.95