Browse by Region in France - Loire
The Loire is sometimes thought of as being France's great summer wine producer. Certainly the best examples of Sancerre and Muscadet have the feel of sunshine about them, but there is a great deal more to the region than this. Its reds can be powerful, complex and long-lived, and some of the dessert wines from areas such as Coteaux de l'Aubance can rival those of Sauternes in Bordeaux. Five main grape varieties are generally used - Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadet for the whites, Cabernet Franc and Gamay for the reds - although other varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can be found. These grapes are planted in their suitable areas so that Sauvignon, for example, is to be found in the eastern area, known as the upper Loire, where the soil is chalky. The variety of wine produced is varied - red, rosé, white, dessert and sparkling wines all have their place - as is the quality, but although the wines may be associated with summer it is actually around the festive Christmas season that much of the Sauvignon produced is actually consumed…
Vigneau-Chevreau VOUVRAY Clos de Rougemont 2018
France :: Loire :: Vouvray
Sweetness: 3 - Soft Dry
Drink now, but will keep
From the heart of the Loire Valley this wine is pure opulence. All the fruit is from a small limestone-rich vineyard in the heart of the Loire. Honeyed pear, quince, yellow apple dominate the palate with a slight smoky quality. The palate is rich yet zippy, complex yet fresh. Try with shellfish or pork. This will cellar for another 10 years or so. Biodynamic.
Shop Price: £18.99
Fines Bulles de Touraine NV
France :: Loire :: Touraine
With its thread of fine long lasting bubbles, this lively wine has a fruity nose and grilled almond aromas. Lightly sparkling and elegant on the palate. Made in the traditional champagne method this is a great alternative to Prosecco.
Shop Price: £15.49
Domaine de MONTGILET Les Trois Schistes 2015
France :: Loire :: Coteaux de l'Aubance
Sweetness: 9 - Sweet
Drink now, but will keep
This wine has a rich bouquet of fruit with marmalade notes, quince, apricot, passion fruit, and pineapple. Then on the palate, there is a touch of honey and well a balanced citrus feel. This wine is a perfect expression of the terroir all in elegance, freshness, mellow, and delicate. A perfect balance between sweetness and acidity. This wine can age a very long time.
Shop Price: £21.49
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