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France - The Loire Valley
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The Loire wine region of France is dominated by the River Loire itself. The longest river in France has its source in the centre of the country and flows through the five major wine producing areas of the Loire before entering the Atlantic Ocean just north of Nantes. The five sub-regions are: Pays Nantais, Anjou, Saumur, Touraine and right up near the mighty rivers source is the Upper Loire. All five areas producing very different styles of wine.
Pays Nantais is very well-known for its coastal seafood and its close friend Muscadet. Basic Muscadet is bone dry and combined with its high acid content can be an acquired taste, locals who drink it every day would think of it as the norm. A large proportion of Muscadet produced will support the words "sur lie" on its label. This signals a big step-up from the basic Muscadet and refers to a vinification process which allows the fermented wine to be left on its lees (sediment). This technique nutures a wine that displays a lot more fruit and depth of flavours.
Anjou, a region famous for its Chenin Blanc wines is located just south of Angers. The three wines most recognised by UK consumers are first Coteaux du Layon, a delicious dessert wine of high repute providing a little more acidity than its cousins in Bordeaux, also a perfect wine for long term cellering. Next this region produces a top quality bone dry white wine from the Chenin Blanc grapes, a wine with a lot of followers around the World. Third would be its most easily recognised wine, the easy everyday drinking Anjou Rose.
Saumur is famed for its fruity red wines and its well respected sparkling wines. The red wines such as Saumur-Champigny are permitted only to use one grape variety, Cabernet Franc. Some will say the style of wine is similar to Beaujolais (Gamay grape), light, fruity and very refreshing. Saumur is a major producer of quality sparkling wines. The wine making process being similar to that of champagne and many will argue its warmer climate produces wines of equal stature or in some cases even better.
Touraine like Saumur specialises in producing fine Cabernet Franc red wines, such as, Chinon and Bourgueil. The regions other claim to fame being Vouvray and its three Chenin Blanc styles e.g. Dry, sweet and sparkling and all with a good name for fine quality.
The Upper Loire at the far eastern end of the river is Sauvignon Blanc country. Most of the Worlds Sauvignon Blanc wines produced are bench-marked against the wines of this area e.g. Sancerre. Pouilly Fume and Menetou-Salon to name just a few. If there were a league table for best Loire wine region, the Upper Loire would wine every year and likewise they would be World Champions for the outstanding Sauvignon Blanc wines they produce. Many of the growers in this region also produce excellent red and rose wines under their district labels, such as Sancerre Rouge and Sancerre Rose..
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Dry and refreshing with citrus and lime aromas and a crisp lively finish,Nice moderate minerality, a crowd pleasing example.
Domaine de Bel Air Pouilly-Fume Half Bottle has a pale lemon-yellow colour in the glass with green tints. The nose is clean with crisp citrus fruit notes and subtle white flowers. The firm, mineral palate has excellent balance of fine, fresh acidity with intense lemon and pear flavours and a nice long finish.
Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Blanc Half Bottle is a wine of class and style, marked by richness, elegance and smoothness. Lifted aromas of gooseberry and citrus zest. The wine exhibits the Sauvignon Blanc grape at its best, its powerful and presents a perfect balance.
Domaine des Ballandors Quincy has a bright yellow colour in the glass with some lively citrus on the nose and a touch of exotic stone fruit. The palate is very refreshing, with fine acidity supporting excellent lemon intensity. The finish is long and lingering with gentle mineral notes alongside the round fruit flavours.
Pascal Jolivet Attitude Loire Sauvignon Blanc has delicate aromas of lime, green apple, Kiwi fruit and hints of orange. Fine mineral notes give the wine a clean and pleasant mouthfeel, balanced with good acidity and a citrus fresh finish.
This Layon is generous. It never ceases to surprise you. Its rich aroma gives a \"chewing the fruit\" impression at every mouthful and its persistence provides a fresh and airy mouth.A full bodied sweet wine made from late picked Chenin Blanc grapes,
Very delicate bouquet with Pinot Noir characteristics, silky, finesse, long fruity finish with aromas of spices, red berries
St Nicolas de Bourgueil Domaine de la Chevalerie is a very feminine style with aromas of wildflowers with a pleasing and supple structure. This wine can be enjoyed slightly chilled.
Domaine de Bel Air Pouilly-Fume has a pale lemon-yellow colour in the glass with green tints. The nose is clean with crisp citrus fruit notes and subtle white flowers. The firm, mineral palate has excellent balance of fine, fresh acidity with intense lemon and pear flavours and a nice long finish.
The scattered flint in these vineyards imbues the wines with a character quite distinctive from the neighboring village of Sancerre. You couldn\'t ask for a cleaner, fresher, flintier, or truer expression of Sauvignon Blanc. Its mouth-watering acidity, depth of flavor, and fleshy texture will have you racing back for more.
Sancerre Blanc, Domaine Nicolas Girard has concentrated citrus and white flower flavours, balanced with excellent acidity and a lifted mineral finish. This crisp wine is an ideal partner for any smoked salmon dish. Pale lemon in colour with subtle green tints. On the nose, it is fresh and aromatic. On the palate, the wine has an attractive mineral quality, with a full body and refreshing acidity. The wine has the classic purity of citrus fruit, hay and nettles that is found in top quality Sancerre.
Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Blanc is a wine of class and style, marked by richness, elegance and smoothness. Lifted aromas of gooseberry and citrus zest. The wine exhibits the Sauvignon Blanc grape at its best, its powerful and presents a perfect balance.
Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rose is a lovely pale salmon colour in the glass with a subtle nose of fresh berries. On the palate, the wine is delicate and elegant with layers of soft warm spice notes, berry fruits and strawberries with a clean, crisp finish.