Loire Wine

Loire Wine

The Loire Valley is the longest river valley in France, stretching nearly 1000 km from its source in the Massif Central to its mouth on the Atlantic coast at Nantes. The river meanders through varied terrain that is reflected in the region’s broad range of wine styles which, in turn, compliment its fantastic variety of cuisine:- vibrant Sauvignon Blanc in the east of the valley, earthy reds from Cabernet Franc and wonderfully versatile whites from Chenin Blanc in the Touraine, sweet botrysised wines of Coteaux de Layon and crisp, refreshing Muscadet and Gros Plant from the windswept plains of the Nantais. The whites act as aperitifs, accompaniments to salads, fish or chicken whilst the reds lend themselves well to charcuterie, grilled meats and cheeses. The sweet Chenins round matters off as an ideal match to fruit desserts and blue cheese.

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Quick and Easy Guide to Loire wine

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At 1,000km the Loire is the longest river valley in France, meandering through varied terrain that is reflected in the region’s broad range of wine styles and fantastic variety of cuisine.

Area Under Vine:
70,000 hectares, France’s 4th largest area under vine.

Key AOCs:
Muscadet, Layon, Saumur, Vouvray, Chinon, Bourgeuil & Sancerre.

Principal grapes:
Chenin blanc, Sauvignon, Pinot Noir & Cabernet Franc.

Notable domaines:
Vatan, Dageneau, Huet, Filliatreau, Joly & Fesles.

Local delicacies:
Rillettes (potted pork), rillons (deep-fried pork fat), chèvre de chavignol (goat’s cheese), champignons, sandre (pike-perch).

Restaurants we like:
Le Cigale (Nantes), Le Petit Patrimoine (Tours), Les Forges de Saint-Pierre (Saumur) & Aux P’tits Oignons (Angers).

Famous people from the region:
Rabelais, Jules Verne, Henri Rousseau & Coco Chanel.

Things to do:
Château creep, notably Chenonceau, Chambord, Azay-le-Rideau and (the garden at) Villandry; punt a canot at Chinon; scoff oysters in Nantes; sip Cointreau in Angers; visit the celebrated Combier distillery in Saumur; cycle along the river towpath; chill out in a troglodyte cave.

Bien classique:
Sancerre ‘Les Perriers’ blanc: Domaine Vatan

Autre chose:
Saumur Champigny ‘Vieilles Vignes’: Domaine Filliatreau.