Loire Valley: Wines of France
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Publisher note: The purpose of this guide is to profile the unique aspects of the Loire Valley's appellations and grape varieties; this guide does not profile specific producers or rate individual wines.
The Loire River Valley, with its cooler temperatures and mineral-heavy soils, offers some of France’s most impressive wines. The best part is that this region is still largely overlooked by the wine drinking public; as a result, Loire Valley wines are tremendous values.
This Approach Guide begins by offering a straightforward vintage ratings table, which affords high-level insight into the best and most challenging years for wine production in the Loire.
It continues with a brief review of the Loire’s primary red and white grape varieties and where they reach their highest expressions.
Finally, it concludes with detailed appellation profiles, across all five sub-regions (running from west to east): Pays Nantais, Anjou, Saumur, Touraine, and Central Vineyards. For each, this guide offers insight into its specific terroir, pointing out the best wines and what makes them distinctive.
This guidebook’s approach is unique: Rather than tell you what specific bottle of wine to order by providing individual bottle reviews, this Approach Guide gives you the information you require to make informed wine choices on any list. To help you in your selection process, we have marked our favorite regions, grape varieties, and denominations with an asterisk (*) -- look for this indication as a sign of quality, consistency, and good value.
We hope that this guide serves as a great resource for your wine adventures in France and sets you on a path to making your own discoveries.
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