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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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Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rouge, 2014


Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rouge is jewel coloured with graceful aromas of red fruit and strawberries. Charming and subtle soft warm spicy flavours are the main characteristics of this Pinot Noir leading to a clean, pure finish.

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750ml £18.40

Sancerre, Domaine Des Brosses, 2017


Sancerre, Domaine Des Brosses has a fresh citrus palate with herbaceous notes of hay and nettle, richly textured with an elegant finish,

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750ml £20.66

Sancerre Blanc, La Cheteau, 2015


Distinctive and intense bouquet and aromas of boxwood and broom, perfect with fish, shell fish, cheese,

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750ml £20.85

Pascal Jolivet "Les Terres Blanches" Pouilly-Fume, 2014


Pascal Jolivet \"Les Terres Blanches\" Pouilly-Fume has a straw yellow colour in the glass with hints of light green. The wine is wonderfully pure with great concentration. Notes of dried pineapple and citrus, this wine is cultiavated with lovely white peach flavours and has good balance with the fresh acidity.

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750ml £21.71

Pascal Jolivet "Les Caillottes" Sancerre Blanc, 2015


Pascal Jolivet \"Les Caillottes\" Sancerre Blanc is a wine of style marked by richness, elegance and smoothness. Lifted perfumes of lemon and orange zest. The wine powerful and presents a perfect balance wth the fruit, good acidity and light spicy flavours.

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750ml £21.89

Pascal Jolivet "Sauvage" Sancerre Rouge, 2011


Pascal Jolivet \"Sauvage\" Sancerre Rouge is a bright ruby red in the glass with glints of purple. Notes of forest fruits and red berries on the nose. A light spicy character with a hint of violets add to the intrigue on the palate which has great finesse and depth and refreshing acidity.

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750ml £31.99

Pascal Jolivet "Sauvage" Sancerre Blanc, 2015


Pascal Jolivet \"Sauvage\" Sancerre Blanc is a very elegant and subtle on the nose, with nuances of gooseberry and citrus peel. On the palate, the wine has layers of mouth-watering fresh fruit leading to a racy finish, while retaining absolute finesse.

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750ml £34.86

Pascal Jolivet "Indigene" Pouilly-Fume, 2014


Pascal Jolivet \"Indigene\" Pouilly-Fume has afresh yellow colour in the glass with aromas of lemon peel and green apples. An intriguing Sauvignon Blanc, with an attractive mouth-feel and character thanks to lees-ageing. Rich in texture and complexity, this wine also has a purity of fruit, pronounced minerality and concentration.

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750ml £35.71

Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Blanc Magnums, 2016


Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Blanc Magnum 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.

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150cl £39.77

Pascal Jolivet "Indigene" Pouilly-Fume Magnum, 2014


Pascal Jolivet \"Indigene\" Pouilly-Fume Magnum has afresh yellow colour in the glass with aromas of lemon peel and green apples. An intriguing Sauvignon Blanc, with an attractive mouth-feel and character thanks to lees-ageing. Rich in texture and complexity, this wine also has a purity of fruit, pronounced minerality and concentration.

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150cl £74.63

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Moulin Touchais, Anjou 1983

Sweet, deep bodied , lusciously rich, a classic dessert wine


Has flavours of lemon, toffee and honeycomb with fresh acidity and a rich, generous mouthfeel

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750ml £83.68