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Highlights of the Loire

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Vineyard_in_the_Loire_ValleyNow completed two Loire tastings at Richmond Wine Society, and I think everyone was impressed by the diversity and quality of the wines we tasted.

If you missed the tasting, and want to try some of the highlights, they are available in the Shop.

We started in the West with a crisp and minerally Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2014 Coing St Fiacre @ £9.00 per bottle.

As we headed up river we passed Saumur where Cabernet Franc is grown on sunshine capturing hillsides.  The Saumur-Champigny 2012 Tuffe @ £13.50 was elegant and balanced and drinking beautifully.

Further inland we reached Tours, and sampled a delicious off dry Chenin Blanc Vouvray 2014 Bernard Fouquet @ £12.50, and a really bouncy Sauvignon de Touraine 2014 Corbillieres @ £10.00.  

The Quincy 2013 Ballandors @ £13.00 (grown on the right bank of the River Cher, a tributary of the Loire) was a high quality alternative to Sancerre – even though we were comparing it to the incredible quality of a 2009 Sancerre Chene Marchand from Vincent Pinard at £35 a bottle!

We metaphorically retraced our steps to Anjou for our final wine: the Coteaux du Layon 2012 Les 4 Villages @ £26.00.  Utterly delicious sweetie – again showing the diversity and nobility of the Chenin Blanc grape.