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. 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

    £9.95
  2. Gamay de Touraine, Domaine de Pierre

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

    £10.95
  3. 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

    £14.75
  4. 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
  5. 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

    £9.75
  6. Bourgueil Graviers, Pithon Paille

    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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    £18.75