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Highlights of the Loire

by | Jun 2, 2015 | Richmond Wine Society | 0 comments

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.


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“Throughout the 17 years I have attended Tim’s wine tasting events, he has continued to deliver his extensive knowledge of wine and wine-making with great charm, and lots of humour, making the evenings not only informative, but also great fun. In the course of an average year, the tastings cover a kaleidoscope of different wine themes – interesting and entertaining for all, novices and experts alike. And the wines taste pretty good too!”

“We have been going to Teddington Wine Society events for a number of years. Tim runs the evenings with bonhomie and humour and wears his considerable knowledge lightly. The evenings are great fun, the wines are always a little bit different and help to expand knowledge and tasting horizons.”

“I have attended the Richmond Wine society for over ten years and always enjoyed Tim’s self-effacing style and gentle humour. His knowledge is globally eclectic and presented in a clear, interesting and always stimulating way. Every guest I have taken there has enjoyed the evening immensely. Tim also offers a wide range of wines to buy and my red cellar has provided great pleasure to my own dinner guests.”

“I’ve been enjoying Tim’s tastings for over 20 years – he is a great teacher, raconteur and wine expert. He is seriously passionate about his wine, but there is nothing serious about his tastings, which are always informal and relaxed. A lovely way to spend an evening and enjoy some fantastic wines.”

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