The Loire Valley encompasses a wide variety of different wine areas with their own styles, traditions and grape varieties. In the far west, on the coast, is Muscadet, where a dry wine made from Melon de Bourgogne with a salty tang and a great affinity with seafood is produced. At the eastern extreme lie Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where Sauvignon Blanc is used to produce a grassy, crisp white. In between are Touraine and Anjou, whose reds from the Cabernet Franc grape variety are excellent, sometimes ageworthy and gaining in popularity. But the real star of these central areas is Chenin Blanc, which yields wines ranging from very dry to luxuriously sweet - the latter epitomised by the very best wines of Vouvray, which are beautifully balanced and capable of long ageing. Despite the wide range of styles, all the wines of the Loire tend to be fresh with good acidity, light, and excellent value.

Featured Wines

Loire - a chosen few from us

Sancerre 'Cuvée Ovide' 2016, Gerard et Pierre Morin

£25 Case of 12 £270

Ovide' is Pierre Morin's top wine. Made from 50 year-old vines from gravelly limestone soil, this is a stunning expression of Sauvignon.

The green, grassy fruit flavours of this wine are intense, balanced by fresh acidity which keeps you coming back to the glass for more. However, production is small, with only about 200 cases made in a typical year, so make sure you enjoy it while you can.

Silex 2015, Benjamin Dagueneau

£142 Case of 6 £766.80

Dagueneau are renowned for being one of the most innovative estates in the Puilly-Fumé appellation, pushing the boundaries of winemaking to obtain superb results with Sauvignon Blanc. Only very tiny allocations of this wine are available, so grab them while you can.

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