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 Didier Champalou, Vouvray Sec

    High quality Vouvray showing good fruit on the nose with complex, honeyed palate and dry finish. Learn More

    £14.95
  2. 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
  3. 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

    £9.75
  4. Domaine de Brizé Saumur Brut

    Champagne in all but name, a real favourite for those wanting Champers style at half the price. Learn More

    £14.50
  5. Domaine de Brizé Saumur Brut Rosé

    SILVER MEDAL IWC 2015 - Crunchy English summer fruits - well made, well-rounded, delicious - too easy to drink too much of it! Learn More

    £14.50
  6. Alain Cailbourdin, Pouilly Fume, Triptyque

    Low yields from old vines give complexity to this rich, elegant Sauvignon. Learn More

    £29.50
  7. Alain Cailbourdin Pouilly Fume Cuvee du Boisfleury

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

    £17.50
  8. Magnum of Sancerre La Reine Blanche, Domaine J Reverdy

    Double the drinking pleasure!

    Clean, pure notes of white flowers, quince, melon, and white peach are all present in this surprisingly opulent, fleshy, rather exuberant and flamboyant style of Sancerre, which is quite dry but surprisingly plush. Drink it over the next several years.

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    £35.00
  9. Sancerre, Le Petit Broux, Les Celliers de Cérès

    Immediately appealing, crisp and clean with a good concentration of green fruit. Learn More

    £20.50
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