The cooler climate Loire Valley is recognised primarily for its lean elegant whites, predominantly from the Sauvignon Blanc grape, Pouilly Fume and Sancerre are perfectly food friendly particularly with the shellfish from the Atlantic chores with which they are often shared . There are however several other individual wines which are commendable. The Chenin Blanc Grape is very successful in the shape of Vouvray, both dry and particularly sweet versions. Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir are also offering good reds from Sancerre, Chinon, Bourgueil and Sancerre. Muscadet and Anjou are also worth searching out.
Rose dAnjou is an appelation in the middle of the Loire Valley, producing wines that are typically medium-sweet. The Rose DAnjou Chemin des Sables is a classic wine of the Rose dAnjou appelation. Comprised of four different grape varieties (Grolleau, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pineau d’Aunis), this wine offers aromas of gooseberry, strawberry, roses with mint, and…
Located in the Loire Valley, Saumur is a region known for its sparkling wines. Made using Chenin Blanc grapes, this has the classic fruity apple notes that you would expect, along with some citrus grapefruit flavours. Wonderfully light and easy to drink this is the perfect aperitif.
Grown on vines aged around 25 years old, in clay and limestone, this Pouilly Fume from Domaine Lubrun is a fantastic wine. Fruity flavours of citrus lemon and marmalade with floral notes on the nose, great texture and acidity on the palate with a lengthy finish. This will match perfectly with shellfish.
This is a great value Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley, packed with deep flavours of dark berries and a hint of violet on the nose. The palate is smooth with a rounded finish that keeps you coming back for more.
Muscadet is made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, it is light and dry, great with oysters. Marcel Martin’s Roches Noires is a aged on its lees for up to 8 months. Dry and flinty with floral and minty notes, an expressive complex food friendly wine, great with shellfish.
Vouvray is a classic Loire white, made from the Chenin Blanc grape variety. There is plenty of rich ripe fruit, offering a little residual sugar, finishing fresh and dry.
The Pouilly Fume Les Ombelles Domaine Sauvion is a real favourite here at N&P. Hailing from one of the leading and most famous Sauvignon Blanc producing areas of the world, this wine offers floral and citrus notes, lime, green apple and stone fruit flavours and superb minerality... A quintessential Pouilly Fume at fantastic value for money.
Sancerre lies on the left bank of the Loire, opposite Pouilly Fume. Its an appellation world renowned for producing some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc. The 2015 Sancerre La Chenaye Marcel Martin is an archetypal Sancerre. Bright, vibrant, aromatic and complex, gooseberries and citrus lead the way with a distinctive minerality.
A crisp, light Sauvignon Blanc from Anthony Girard, a young wine maker who after working on his family estate decided to start his own wine journey in 2012. Working with a great deal of respect for the environment and the vines, he produces a range of great wines only harvesting the grapes when they are at full ripeness. Pair this with a meaty, oily fish such as Tuna.
The Sauvignon Blanc from Domaine Du Cleray is light, crisp and full of zesty flavours. This is a perfect wine for a hot summers day, it will match perfectly with a fish dish, such as a salmon or tuna salad.
The little known sibling of Sancerre is seeing a resurgence as the international wine drinking community is finding a better value alternative to their favourite Sauvignon Blanc! This is a crisp and refreshingly dry wine. Perfect with goats cheese and light fish or vegetable dishes!