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Loire Valley lights up


Top night at Richmond Wine Society as we focused on the depth and breadth of the Loire Valley.

For many this region has become synonymous with everyday quaffing winLoire chateau and vineses and a few expensive Sancerres.  But we discovered a whole new world of top class Muscadet, the diversity of Chenin Blanc and just how good Cabernet Franc can be.  We took a tour from West to East, tasting a delicious Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie, which was great value at £9.  Anjou Saumur was our next stop where we discovered a bone dry white from Savennieres, and the deliciously rounded reds from Saumur Champigny.  Continuing East Touraine delivered a really fresh zingy Sauvignon Blanc and the dry whites culminated in the most exquisite Sancerre from Vincent Pinard with tropical fruit and an unusual creaminess (due to some unusual oak).  The evening rounded off nicely with a Coteaux du Layon Moelleux which eminently showed the capability of Chenin Blanc to perform at a very high level.

All the wines are available in the Shop, at a discounted price until 24th June.