Loir Valley: Wines of Touraine 29.05.2016

La Gauletterie cellars © J.P.Klein
The Loir Valley vineyards © A.Bordeau
© Guy Durand
© Guy Durand

Loir wines: the discovery of hidden treasures

The wines from the Loir valley remain relatively unknown. Pretty villages along its banks like Ruillé-sur-Loir and L’homme produce a delicious white wine called ‘Jasnières’ (AOC); an elegant fine Chenin wine which complements fish and poultry dishes. Perfect for an aperatif by the picturesque lake at Marçon, the Côteaux du Loir (AOC) wines are delightfully fruity and aromatic, combining elegance, richness, complexity and a long finish. The reds, Gamay and Pinot Noir are just as seductive and the exclusive Pineau d’Aunis is only grown in 2 locations in the region.

The emphasis is on quality and authenticity. It is a real privilege to visit one of the small vineyards and learn the craft of wine making directly from the viticulture. Time stands still as you listen to these passionate professionals for whom vinification is an art. Man works in harmony with nature and, on organic estates, the characteristics of the wine change each year according to the weather. Each wine has a life of its own. The Guinguette red is a big surprise! The first sip is light and the kick is pepper, served chilled it's perfect for a picnic.

The wines of the Loir are authentic, sophisticated and subtle. 

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