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.
Posts about Loire
    • Big release, bigger wines

      Chicken and beef destined for tortillas As we creep deeper and deeper into late autumn days, with afternoons bereft of light and evenings full of chill, we begin to search for more than a pipkin of warmth. Wine can fill the void and it is no simple folderol that we seek. The bicameral brain on one lobe wants deep, earthy reds, dynamic and changeless, the other asks for bombs with damp fuses.

    • 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.

      Chris Kissack/ WineDR- 2 readers -
    • Critics Need Benchmarks

      How do we judge wine? I recall tasting, twenty-five years (or possibly a few more) ago, a South-Eastern Australian Chardonnay from a famous producer. I forget the bin number, and I forget the vintage, but I can still recall the flavour, the tropical-fruit sunshine, the creamy weight of it. I was just getting into wine, and this one tasted fantastic! I wasn’t scoring wine at ...

      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…

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  • Checking in on . . . . another 2002, from Jo Pithon

    … Pulling some more mature bottles from the cellar in the past month has resulted in me pulling the corks on several Loire Valley wines from the 2002 vintage. Here’s another to add to the list, from Jo Pithon, in the days before he teamed up with stepson Jo Paillé to create Pithon-Paillé, today one of the most exciting domaines in Anjou. I…

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  • Savennieres & Loire Valley Wines comes to NYC

    … Racines Chef Frederic Duca Very interesting evening with Evelyne de Pontbriand of Domaine du Closel and Rouge Tomate Master Sommelier Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier, a table of very fortunate journalists set out to discover the quality and diversity of wines from Savennieres in the Loire Valley. Located 9 miles south-west of Angers and 196…

    Marisa D'vari/ A Wine Story- 1 readers -
  • 2010 Bourgueil, Cuvée Préstige, Domaine de la Lande, Loire, France

    2010 Bourgueil, Cuvée Préstige, Domaine de la Lande, Loire, France (£180.00, per case of 12 bottles (£15.00 e/a), Haynes, Hanson & Clark tel. 020 7584 7927 & www.hhandc.co.uk). Back in April, at L’univerre, a superb wine bar which I highly recommend in Bordeaux, I drank a bottle of the 1989 vintage of this very wine with Jim Eustace and Siobhán Astbury of HH&C – i ...

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  • Checking in on . . . . Le Haut de la Butte 2002

    … I’ve been checking out a few Loire Valley wines from 2002 recently. This is mostly through serendipity, sometimes they are bottles recently purchased (it is amazing what great value can be had in the Loire when buying mature bottles, especially when compared to the same vintage in Bordeaux or Burgundy) and sometimes they have been bottles…

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  • Fine wines with lunch, old-school wine trade style

    … and taut, but not ready yet. 93/100 Ponsot Chappelle Chambertin Grand Cru 2000 Burgundy, France Rich, warm and spicy with real density, and some subtle savoury soy sauce notes as well as hints of tar and spice. Grippy and fresh, and quite savoury. 93/100 Rossignol Trapet Latricières Chambertin Grand Cru 1998 Burgundy, France Very appealing…

    jamie goode's wine blogin Pinot Noir Riesling- 8 readers -
  • A Good Value Pouilly-Fume

    … resembling lychee and pear drops, perhaps (surely?) reflecting the fermentation temperature. The palate has some rather citric, gooseberry-skin fruit, and remains very true to the variety, with seams of delightfully bright peppery acidity running through the middle, and a nice, pithy, rather bitter citrus seam here too. It is dry and punchy in the finish…

    WineDRin Sauvignon Blanc- 3 readers -
  • Domaine Chatelain Pouilly-Fumé 2013

    … My trip to Lidl saw me buying a four pack of wine so I’m slowly working my way through my Lidl choices. I picked up this Domaine Chatelain Pouilly-Fumé 2013 for the straightforward reason that I cycled through Pouilly-sur-Loire as I made my way from the Northern Rhone along the Loire to Tours on the Way of Saint Martin. It’s a great bike ride…

    Erin Mellor/ Golly's Wine Dropsin Sauvignon Blanc- 7 readers -
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