The lure of the Loire

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This week we’re taking you for a stroll along the Loire, with our selection of wines, from Muscadet all the way to the Cote Roannaise. You’ll find the best domains of each appellation and the latest gems unearthed by our team.

The Loire finds its source to the south-east of the Massif Central. Not far, sprawling along 20 km of hillside, lies the Côte Roannaise. Nestled in the appellation is a domain that we have just welcomed into our network of partner domains, Domaine des Pothiers. Having obtained Terra Vitis certification in 2001, it now produces very well-made natural wines.

You’ll find the finest producers of Sancerre, including, Gérard Boulay, Lucien Crochet, Alphonse Mellot, François Cotat as well as domains Delaporte and Pré Semelé, whose cuvée Les Chasseignes was voted the second-best Sauvignon in the world by the Revue du Vin de France in 2017. In the Pouilly-Fumé appellation, we’re happy to present you a new partner domain, Jonathan Didier Pabiot who, thanks to discerning and top-quality work in the vineyard, produces very digestible and lively wines.

In Touraine, we’re delighted to be joined by our favourite domains, those we’ll never tire of talking about, including François Chidaine, la Taille aux Loups, Huet, Alliet, Bonnigal-Bodet… Their dry and sweet wines raise Chenin to its zenith, producing breathtakingly delicious nectars. If you’re looking for a top-drawer red from Touraine, opt for the cuvée La Croix Boissée (velvety and made for aging) from domain Bernard Baudry.

Continuing on our journey, we arrive in Anjou-Saumur, where you’ll have the chance to get your hands on the great Anjou wines from Clau de Nell, the biodynamic and unique Savennières from La Coulée de Serrant, the Saumur-Champigny wines from Château Yvonne and La Porte Saint Jean’s Saumurs. For fans of sweet wines, the Coteaux-du-Layon from Châteaux Soucherie and Pierre Bise are particularly good options. Perfect at the end of a meal as a sipping wine or with foie gras, blue cheese or apple desserts.

Here we are in Muscadet, at the mouth of the Loire. From this appellation, which is being reborn from its ashes, you’ll find the vibrant, saline wines of Jo Landron, Domaine de l’Ecu and Jérôme Bertedeau, three of the top domains which are contributing to this long-undervalued sub-region’s renaissance.

This is of course only an overview of the selection: access all of the wines by clicking here.

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