The best wines from Loire

The longest river in France is the Loire. In central France towards the mouth of the river in the Atlantic ocean lies the Loire Valley which contains a succession of wine regions: Pouilly sur Loire, Sancerre, Touraine, Vouvray, Anjou and Saumur.

Since the areas are a bit further apart, the soil composition and the climate are different. The wines therefore also have their own character per region.

Some of the best known and best Loire wines come from producers such as Dagueneau, Clos Rougeard and Baron de Ladoucette.

Loire grape varieties

The Loire also has many grape varieties: Auvernat Blanc (Chardonnay), Auvernat noir (pinot noir), Breton (Cabernet Franc), Chasselas, Malbec, Gamay, Malvoisie, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc.

Chenin blanc
Like the riesling, the chenin blanc is also a versatile grape that can produce dry to very sweet wines. The grape variety is rapidly gaining popularity and is also often used in blends with other grape varieties.
Taste
When the grape is grown in cool climates, the chenin blanc wines taste fresh. They have a high acidity. The flavour elements that dominate are citrus fruit and fl oral (flowers). The chenin blanc grape is also made from sweet wine with aromas of peach, honey and toasted bread.
Other
In South Africa this grape is very much grown; there he is called 'stone'. The value for money of chenin blanc wines is good. There are very good wines to obtain at very acceptable prices.

Gamay
The gamay grape stands for the Beaujolais. From simple beaujolais first wines to beautiful cru wines. The best beaujolais cru wines can ripen for a long time. In addition to the Loire, the gamay grape is not cultivated in the rest of the world.
Taste
In gamay wines, red fruit (strawberry, raspberry) with some fl oral tones emerges and by special fermentation methods often also banana. Especially the freshness and fruitiness is characteristic of gamay wines.
Other
The more simple gamay wines are often drunk lightly chilled (14 to 16 degrees Celsius).

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Top Wines from Loire

BOW 9
Clos Rougeard
Clos Rougeard - Le Bourg Saumur Champigny 2014

Le Bourg Saumur Champigny

2014
€ 395,00 (ex Vat) € 477,95 (in Vat) more info
Parker 92
Clos Rougeard
Clos Rougeard - Les Poyeux Saumur  Champigny 2005

Les Poyeux Saumur Champigny

2005
€ 299,00 (ex Vat) € 361,79 (in Vat) more info
BOW 8.5
Clos Rougeard
Clos Rougeard - Les Poyeux Saumur  Champigny 2014

Les Poyeux Saumur Champigny

2014
€ 230,00 (ex Vat) € 278,30 (in Vat) more info
BOW 8.5
Clos Rougeard
Clos Rougeard - Les Poyeux Saumur  Champigny 2014

Les Poyeux Saumur Champigny

2014
€ 239,00 (ex Vat) € 289,19 (in Vat) more info
BOW 8.5
Didier Dagueneau
Didier Dagueneau - Silex Pouilly Fume 2011

Silex Pouilly Fume

2011
€ 129,00 (ex Vat) € 156,09 (in Vat) more info
BOW 8.5
Richard Leroy
Richard Leroy - Les Noels de Montbenault 2016

Les Noels de Montbenault

2016
€ 175,00 (ex Vat) € 211,75 (in Vat) more info
BOW 8+
Serge Dagueneau
Serge Dagueneau - Pouilly Fume La Leontine  2018

Pouilly Fume La Leontine

2018
€ 39,95 (ex Vat) € 48,34 (in Vat) more info
Winespect. - J. Suckling 92
Chateau de Fesles
Chateau de Fesles - Bonnezeaux 1997

Bonnezeaux

1997
(Half Liter)
€ 49,00 (ex Vat) € 59,29 (in Vat) more info
Winespect. - J. Suckling 90
Ladoucette
Ladoucette - Baron de L 2017

Baron de L

2017
€ 61,00 (ex Vat) € 73,81 (in Vat) more info
Winespect. - J. Suckling 88
Ladoucette
Ladoucette - Pouilly Fume 2018

Pouilly Fume

2018
€ 145,00 (ex Vat) € 175,45 (in Vat) more info
BOW 8-
Ladoucette
Ladoucette - Pouilly Fume (case of 6) 2017

Pouilly Fume (case of 6)

2017
€ 145,00 (ex Vat) € 175,45 (in Vat) more info
BOW 8-
Marc Bredif
Marc Bredif - Nectar de Vouvray 1996

Nectar de Vouvray

1996
(Half bottle)
€ 16,53 (ex Vat) € 20,00 (in Vat) more info
BOW 7.5
Marc Bredif
Marc Bredif - Vouvray Grandes Annee 1991

Vouvray Grandes Annee

1991
€ 49,00 (ex Vat) € 59,29 (in Vat) more info
Winespect. - J. Suckling 86
Marc Bredif
Marc Bredif - Vouvray Grandes Annee 1994

Vouvray Grandes Annee

1994
€ 45,00 (ex Vat) € 54,45 (in Vat) more info
Domaine Sebastien David
Domaine Sebastien David - Bourgueil Coeff 2016

Bourgueil Coeff

2016
€ 29,00 (ex Vat) € 35,09 (in Vat) more info
Domaine Sebastien David
Domaine Sebastien David - St Nicolas de Bourgueil Vin d'une Oreille 2016

St Nicolas de Bourgueil Vin d'une Oreille

2016
€ 41,95 (ex Vat) € 50,76 (in Vat) more info
Parker 93
Didier Dagueneau
Didier Dagueneau - Silex Pouilly Fume 2008

Silex Pouilly Fume

2008
€ 219,00 (ex Vat) € 264,99 (in Vat) more info
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