The best wines of Loire Valley

Discover the best wines of Loire Valley as well as the best winemakers of Loire Valley and estates of Loire Valley to visit. Explore the popular grape varieties of Loire Valley and the best vintages to taste in this region.

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Top wines of Loire Valley by region

Looking for a good wine of Loire Valley among the top wines in the region? Check out our tops of the best red, white or effervescent wines of Loire Valley. Also find some food and wine pairings that may be appropriate with these exceptional wines. Learn more about the region and the wines of Loire Valley with technical and enological descriptions.

Great red wines of Loire Valley

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Food and wine pairing with a red wine of Loire Valley

Red wines from the region of Loire Valley go well with generally quite well with dishes of veal, game (deer, venison) or poultry such as recipes of easter ham, fillet of venison or sapper's apron.

Organoleptic analysis of red wine of Loire Valley

On the nose the red wine of the region of Loire Valley. often reveals types of flavors of pineapple, mushroom or tobacco and sometimes also flavors of rose petal, pomegranate or chocolate. In the mouth the red wine of the region of Loire Valley. is a with a nice freshness.

The best vintages in red wine of Loire Valley

  • 2005 With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 2000 With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 2002 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2003 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2009 With an average score of 4.27/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 4.18/5

The most used grape varieties in red wine of Loire Valley

  • Pinot Noir
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Gamay
  • Pineau D'Aunis

The best wineries and winemakers for red wine of Loire Valley

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Discovering the wine region of Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is a key wine region in western France. It follows the course of the Loire River on its Long journey through the heart of France, from the inland hills of the Auvergne to the plains of the French Atlantic coast near Nantes (Muscadet country). Important in terms of quantity and quality, the region produces large quantities (about 4 million h/l each year) of everyday wines, as well as some of France's greatest wines. Diversity is another of the region's major assets; the styles of wine produced here range from the light, tangy Muscadet to the Sweet, honeyed Bonnezeaux, the Sparkling whites of Vouvray and the juicy, Tannic reds of Chinon and Saumur.

It's quite telling that this brief overview of the region's wines doesn't even mention the Loire Valley's two most famous wines - Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. White wines are clearly the strong point of the Loire Valley and represent the vast majority of production. A significant proportion of these are produced under PGI appellations, most commonly the IGP Loire (formerly Vin de Pays du Jardin de la France), which covers the whole region. The main white Grape varieties used for the production of white wines in the Loire Valley are Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Melon de Bourgogne and, more popular than the traditional, Chardonnay.

Great white wines of Loire Valley

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Food and wine pairing with a white wine of Loire Valley

White wines from the region of Loire Valley go well with generally quite well with dishes of pork, shellfish or spicy food such as recipes of light stuffed tomatoes, risotto of the sea or chicken tajine with prunes.

Organoleptic analysis of white wine of Loire Valley

On the nose the white wine of the region of Loire Valley. often reveals types of flavors of pineapple, black fruit or salt and sometimes also flavors of caramel, white pepper or black currant. In the mouth the white wine of the region of Loire Valley. is a with a nice freshness.

The best vintages in white wine of Loire Valley

  • 1999 With an average score of 4.55/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 4.50/5
  • 1961 With an average score of 4.50/5
  • 1985 With an average score of 4.50/5
  • 1996 With an average score of 4.48/5
  • 2000 With an average score of 4.42/5

The most used grape varieties in white wine of Loire Valley

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chenin Blanc

The best wineries and winemakers for white wine of Loire Valley

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Discover the grape variety: Chenin blanc

It most certainly originates from the Anjou region and is registered in the official catalogue of wine grape varieties on the A1 list. It can also be found in South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Chile, the United States (California), New Zealand, etc. It is said to be a descendant of Savagnin and to have sauvignonasse as its second parent (Jean-Michel Boursiquot 2019). On the other hand, Chenin blanc is the half-brother of verdelho and sauvignon blanc and is the father of colombard.

Great sparkling wines of Loire Valley

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Food and wine pairing with a sparkling wine of Loire Valley

Sparkling wines from the region of Loire Valley go well with generally quite well with dishes of shellfish, poultry or appetizers and snacks such as recipes of seafood lasagna, chicken curry and onions or steamed carrots with saffron.

Organoleptic analysis of sparkling wine of Loire Valley

On the nose the sparkling wine of the region of Loire Valley. often reveals types of flavors of cream, honey or grapefruit and sometimes also flavors of peach, cranberry or ripe strawberries. In the mouth the sparkling wine of the region of Loire Valley. is a powerful with a nice vivacity and a fine and pleasant bubble.

The best vintages in sparkling wine of Loire Valley

  • 2009 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2016 With an average score of 4.20/5
  • 2011 With an average score of 4.10/5
  • 2014 With an average score of 4.09/5
  • 2015 With an average score of 4.00/5
  • 2008 With an average score of 4.00/5

The most used grape varieties in sparkling wine of Loire Valley

  • Cabernet Franc
  • Chardonnay
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Gamay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

The best wineries and winemakers for sparkling wine of Loire Valley

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The word of the wine: Flavours

There are generally four so-called fundamental flavours: acidity, bitterness, sweetness and saltiness. The first three are considered to be the building blocks of the structure of wines. They are perceived by the taste buds that cover the surface of the tongue.

Great pink wines of Loire Valley

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Food and wine pairing with a pink wine of Loire Valley

Pink wines from the region of Loire Valley go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, pork or game (deer, venison) such as recipes of american style beef marinade, grilled pork ribs with barbecue sauce or duck confit.

Organoleptic analysis of pink wine of Loire Valley

On the nose the pink wine of the region of Loire Valley. often reveals types of flavors of grapefruit, oil or salt and sometimes also flavors of thyme, watermelon or black fruit.

The best vintages in pink wine of Loire Valley

  • 2018 With an average score of 4.19/5
  • 2019 With an average score of 4.16/5
  • 2010 With an average score of 4.13/5
  • 2005 With an average score of 4.10/5
  • 2015 With an average score of 4.08/5
  • 2017 With an average score of 4.08/5

The most used grape varieties in pink wine of Loire Valley

  • Pinot Noir
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Grolleau
  • Pineau D'Aunis
  • Gamay

The best wineries and winemakers for pink wine of Loire Valley

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Discover the grape variety: Cabernet franc

Cabernet Franc is one of the oldest red grape varieties in Bordeaux. The Libourne region is its terroir where it develops best. The terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Fronsac allow it to mature and develop its best range of aromas. It is also the majority in many blends. The very famous Château Cheval Blanc, for example, uses 60% Cabernet Franc. The wines produced with Cabernet Franc are medium in colour with fine tannins and subtle aromas of small red fruits and spices. When blended with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, it brings complexity and a bouquet of aromas to the wine. It produces fruity wines that can be drunk quite quickly, but whose great vintages can be kept for a long time. It is an earlier grape variety than Cabernet Sauvignon, which means that it is planted as far north as the Loire Valley. In Anjou, it is also used to make sweet rosé wines. Cabernet Franc is now used in some twenty countries in Europe and throughout the world.

Great sweet wines of Loire Valley

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Food and wine pairing with a sweet wine of Loire Valley

Sweet wines from the region of Loire Valley go well with generally quite well with dishes of rich fish (salmon, tuna etc), vegetarian or poultry such as recipes of tuna lasagna, goat cheese and bacon quiche or fried rice noodles with chicken.

Organoleptic analysis of sweet wine of Loire Valley

On the nose the sweet wine of the region of Loire Valley. often reveals types of flavors of pineapple, beeswax or mushroom and sometimes also flavors of leather, plum or coffee. In the mouth the sweet wine of the region of Loire Valley. is a with a good balance between acidity and sweetness.

The best vintages in sweet wine of Loire Valley

  • 1964 With an average score of 4.90/5
  • 1969 With an average score of 4.50/5
  • 1995 With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 1959 With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 1993 With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 1988 With an average score of 4.30/5

The most used grape varieties in sweet wine of Loire Valley

  • Chenin Blanc

The best wineries and winemakers for sweet wine of Loire Valley

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The word of the wine: Marcottage

A vine reproduction technique that consists of burying a vine shoot that takes root and reproduces a plant with the same characteristics as the vine to which it is attached (synonym: provignage).

Great natural sweet wines of Loire Valley

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Food and wine pairing with a natural-sweet wine of Loire Valley

Natural sweet wines from the region of Loire Valley go well with generally quite well with dishes of shellfish, lean fish or fruity desserts such as recipes of spanish seafood paella, lasagna of the sea or grandma's cherry clafoutis.

The most used grape varieties in natural-sweet wine of Loire Valley

  • Chenin Blanc

The best wineries and winemakers for natural-sweet wine of Loire Valley

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Discover the grape variety: Pineau d'Aunis

The wines produced in the Vendôme region are of excellent quality thanks to an exceptional grape variety: pineau d'aunis. For example, the red wines of the region, with their aromas of ripe red fruit and sweet spices, are a blend of Pineau d'Aunis, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir. The Vendôme hillsides are less than 200 km southwest of Paris. Pineau d'Aunis, a vigorous black grape variety, was first cultivated in the 9th century. It is characterized by a late budburst. Moreover, its foliage partially reddens in autumn. Although it is difficult to grow, Pineau d'Aunis is a high-yielding grape variety, producing between 40 and 80 hectolitres per hectare. It produces a wine with low alcohol content, supple, light-coloured and very aromatic. The "Pineau d'Aunis" grape variety is used as a single variety for the production of Coteaux du Vendômois. On the other hand, it is used in blends for Anjou, Rosé d'Anjou, Crémant de vallée de la Loire, Rosé de vallée de la Loire, Saumur, Saumur Champigny, Coteaux du Loir and Touraine. Finally, it is an accessory grape variety for Valençay.

Great unknow wines of Loire Valley

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Food and wine pairing with a unknow wine of Loire Valley

Unknow wines from the region of Loire Valley go well with generally quite well with dishes of pork, shellfish or spicy food such as recipes of beef stew, seafood pie or chicken risotto with curry.

The best vintages in unknow wine of Loire Valley

  • 2014 With an average score of 4.00/5
  • 2020 With an average score of 3.90/5
  • 2015 With an average score of 3.37/5

The best wineries and winemakers for unknow wine of Loire Valley

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