Loire

The Loire (French pronunciation: ​[lwaʁ]; Occitan: Léger; Breton: Liger) is the longest river in France. With a length of 1,012 kilometres (629 mi), it drains an area of 117,054 km2 (45,195 sq mi), or more than a fifth of France's land area, and is the 170th longest river in the world. It rises in the highlands of the southeastern quarter of the Massif Central in the Cévennes range (in the département of Ardèche) at 1,350 m (4,430 ft) near Mont Gerbier de Jonc; it flows northward for over 1,000 km (620 mi) through Nevers to Orléans, then west through Tours and Nantes until it reaches the Bay of Biscay (Atlantic Ocean) at St Nazaire.
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  • 2012 Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon Clos de l’Hospice As you...

    … 2012 Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon Clos de l’Hospice As you might know, I’m a huge fan of Cabernet Franc (see here and here). This wine makes me fall deeper in love with my beloved Cab Franc grape. Savory and meaty blackberries on the nose. Black cherries, raspberries, and blackberries on the palate with graphite and meat notes. Long, scrumptious finish on this guy. Really, really nice. 5/5 bones $$$ Cabernet Franc 13% abv Chinon, FRANCE …

    Shiba Sommelierin Cabernet Franc- 3 readers -
  • Marc Bredif Vouvray 2008

    … The label is the same as before, before the word classic was added in 2009 or 10. The shape seems different, though perhaps this is just an issue with memory. It feels rounder and wrapped in washed woollens. . . fabric softener to contrast with the pineapple and rambutan. It's sweet and frontal and not for the first time I scribble mustard fruit…

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  • Loire Valley Wine: Anjou Saumur Wines Sparkle (VIDEO)

    … Loire Valley Wine Holds Court Less than two hours from Paris, France and about 200 miles long the Loire Valley is a massive winemaking region. The wines of France’s most diverse wine region are as different as they are delicious. In this video, our wine travels take us on an education adventure into the Loire Valley’s Anjou – Saumur regions…

    Monique Soltani/ Wine Oh TVin Riesling- 10 readers -
  • The MoneyWeek Christmas Wine Collection – the crème de la crème

    … versions to today. My pledge to you is that this wine will re-engage you with this region and its flagship grape like no wine before it. Altitude is awesomely concentrated drawing some of its beguiling depth from judicious use of 7 year-old oak barrels. 2013 is a stunning vintage in Marlborough and the grapes were handpicked form the very best…

    Matthew Jukesin Sauvignon Blanc- 4 readers -
  • 2012 Domaine du Mortier “Graviers” Lead pencil notes...

    … 2012 Domaine du Mortier “Graviers” Lead pencil notes along with boysenberries, black cherries, cassis, and a hint of compost. Redder fruit on the palate - raspberries with wood notes. Finishes with a graphite texture. There’s a lot going on in this wine, but it comes together and feels light in your mouth. 4/5 bones $$ Cabernet Franc 12…

    Shiba Sommelierin Cabernet Franc- 5 readers -
  • 2012 Henry Marionnet Touraine Première Vendange Gimme! Gimme!...

    … 2012 Henry Marionnet Touraine Première Vendange Gimme! Gimme! This is a 100% Gamay wine from the Touraine - furthermore, it’s bottled with no sulfur! Definitely smells like Gamay on the nose - yumberries, strawberries, graphite, stone, iron, and bramble. Graphite on the attack on the palate; red fruit and bramble on the finish. Metallic. Cool stuff! 4/5 bones $$ Gamay 12.5% abv Touraine, FRANCE …

    Shiba Sommelier- 2 readers -
  • 2012 Domaine Guion Bourgueil Cuvée Domaine Working on some...

    … 2012 Domaine Guion Bourgueil Cuvée Domaine Working on some leftovers while reviewing this brilliant, certified organic wine from Bourgueil! No doubt this is all Cabernet Franc. Graphite, smell red berries, bramble, wood. Sharp and crisp on the palate. Great stuff. 5/5 bones $ Cabernet Franc 12% abv Bourgueil (Loire), FRANCE…

    Shiba Sommelierin Cabernet Franc- 13 readers -
  • A Gentle Tour of Vouvray

    … Take a gentle tour of Vouvray with French rally team Florent Genestet and Romain Vallé, in their Citroen Saxo A6. Florent hails from the Loire Valley but is too preoccupied to provide any commentary, so I have added a few pointers to the sights of interest beneath the video. Time 0:00: Start just north of Vernou-sur-Brenne. 0:39: Underneath…

    Chris Kissack/ WineDR- 2 readers -
  • Big release, bigger wines

    … ream on along with a whack of dry, grainy tannin. A most excellent and righteous, properly made, capable of aging for a minimum two decades Barolo. Tasted October 2014 @AURELIOSETTIMOV Jonata Todos Red 2010, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, California (218941, $67.95, WineAlign) Lays out a new Santa Ynez Valley Rhône ranging slang. Huge…

  • Critics Need Benchmarks

    …. This is a problem you can see running through some wine magazine articles, when they suddenly venture into previously uncharted territory (like the Loire), and I see too many wines rated too low (interpretation: mustn’t give high scores, this isn’t Bordeaux or Burgundy after all) or some wines rated too high (interpretation: I’ve heard…

    Chris Kissack/ WineDRin Chardonnay- 5 readers -
  • 2012 Henry Marionnet Les Cépages Oubliés Gamay de Bouze "Les...

    … 2012 Henry Marionnet Les Cépages Oubliés Gamay de Bouze "Les Cépages Oubliés" - "The Forgotten Grapes". I sure didn’t forget about these! This wine is made from a rare grape varietal, Gamay de Bouze, which is distinct from the more common Gamay from Burgundy, because the pulp and juice (not just the skin) of Gamay de Bouze are red. By contrast…

    Shiba Sommelier- 6 readers -
  • Checking in on . . . . another 2002, from Jo Pithon

    … decanted the 2002 Anjou Les Bonnes Blanches from Jo Pithon, thinking it might benefit from some air. The appearance is a fairly deep, yellow-gold hue, I think fairly typical for an Anjou Blanc of this sort of age. The nose is quite enticing, showing the density of apricot and white peach, with a savoury fruit-skin character rather than the simple…

    Chris Kissack/ WineDR -
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