welcome to
la france part II
loire
bordeaux I
bordeaux II
sud ouest
languedoc &
roussillon
jura & savoie
la france – part II
la vallée de la loire
la vallée de la loire
toils in the shadow of
bordeaux
burgundy
rhône

not because of a lack of
quality
many treasures to o...
la vallée de la loire
la vallée de la loire
loire's delicious wines
come from
numerous appellations
many grape varieties
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•

some well known
so...
loire valley appellations

87 appellation d'origine protégée – aop
0 grands crus
loire valley at a glance
diversity
– terroir
– climate
– varietal
all types of wine
– red
– white
– rosé
– sparkling
– swe...
loire valley at a glance

most famous
appellations of the
loire valley
– sancerre
– vouvray
– muscadet
– chinon
sancerre
domaine vacheron
loire valley
varietals
loire valley grape varieties
white
chenin*
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pineau de loire

sauvignon blanc*
–

fumé blanc

muscadet*
–

melon de
bourg...
loire valley grape varieties
white
chasselas
chardonnay
grolleau gris
romorantin
saint-pierre doré
sacy
loire valley grape varieties
red
cabernet franc*
–

breton

cabernet-sauvignon
cot
–

malbec

pinot noir*
meunier gris/pin...
loire valley grape varieties
red
pinot gris
gamay*
pineau d'aunis
grolleau
–

groslot

gamay de bouze
gamay de chaudenay
n...
soil
loire soil
wide variety of soil
granite, slate, gneiss
limestone covered by
•
•
•

sand
argiles
cailloux de
limons
climate
loire climate
nantes & anjou
coastal - atlantic ocean
ocean influence

saumurois & touraine
semi-continental

center
semi-...
loire valley regions

1 - pays nantais
3 – touraine

2 - anjou-saumur
4 - central vineyards or upper loire
loire valley regions - pays nantais

muscadet coteaux de la loire
muscadet côtes de grandlieu
muscadet sèvre-et-maine
cote...
loire valley regions - pays nantais
the pays nantais has been
producing wine since the
roman era
muscadet is the bestknown...
loire valley regions - pays nantais
not very well suited to the
terroir of burgundy
melon flourished in the
pays nantais, ...
loire valley regions - pays nantais
most vineyards were
destroyed, but the
melon survived,
producing wines that
perfectly ...
loire valley regions - anjou
tuffeau limestone subsoil
anjou at a glance

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red
white
rosé
sparkling
sweet
anjou appellations

anjou (sparkling)
anjou-villages
anjou-villages-brissac
anjou coteaux de la loire
cabernet d'anjou (ro...
anjou appellations
coteaux du vendômois
coteaux du loir
jasnières
– 100% chenin
blanc
– lauded for their
steeliness in
you...
anjou at a glance
anjou is also home to most of
celebrated sweet wines of
the loire valley
all made with chenin blanc
●

c...
anjou at a glance
anjou’s most famous dry white
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savennières

– cru
– la-roche-au-moines
– coulée-de-serrant
• monopole
...
anjou at a glance
reds outnumber the whites in
this area & may be made
from
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cabernet franc

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cabernet sauvignon

●

c...
anjou at a glance

best red anjou is made
entirely from cabernet franc
château de la mulonnière
l'effet papillon
aoc savennières
loire valley regions
saumur & saumur champigny
saumur & saumur champigny
appellations
cabernet de saumur
coteaux de saumur
saumur
saumur blanc
saumur brut
samur brut ros...
saumur & saumur champigny
at a glance
the saumur brut appellation
wines are among the most
prestigious sparkling wines
of ...
saumur & saumur champigny
at a glance
saumur is also the principal
region for the production
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crémant de loire
made...
saumur & saumur champigny
at a glance
saumur also produces excellent
still wines
white saumur
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mainly chenin blanc

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m...
saumur & saumur champigny
at a glance
saumur-champigny makes
somewhat richer red wines
that have seen a
tremendous growth ...
loire valley regions
touraine
touraine at a glance

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red
white
rosé
sparkling
touraine at a glance
white
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sauvignon blanc
blended

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chardonnay

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chenin blanc

sparkling
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chenin blanc

●

caber...
touraine appellations
touraine
touraine cot
touraine mousseux
crémant de la loire
touraine - ambroise*
touraine-noble joué...
touraine appellations
great variety under appellations
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vouvray

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montlouis sur loire
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mineral-scented & dry...
touraine appellations

chinon
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historic town is home to
one of the loire valley’s
most celebrated
cabernet franc wines
touraine appellations
bourgueil
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100% cabernet franc reds
and rosé
resplendent of raspberry
and the grape’s hallmark
...
loire valley regions
upper loire
upper loire - appellations
pouilly-fumé &
pouilly-sur-loire
sancerre
menetou-salon
giennois
reuilly
quincy
chateaumeillant
upper loire - appellations
cheverny
– gamay & pinot
noir
cour-cheverny
– romorantin
upper loire - appellations
cour-cheverny
white wine only
– romorantin
this grape, grown only in
loire, makes floral,
livel...
upper loire – at a glance
centre loire, dominated by two
grapes
all white wines are made from
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sauvignon blanc

and all ...
upper loire – at a glance
great variety exists within the
region
numerous micro climates
different types of soil on which
...
sancerre – at a glance
sancerre, the most famous
appellation of the centre loire
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produces the bestknown
most imit...
sancerre – at a glance
vineyards are ideally situated on
the left bank of the loire
the steep hillsides provide
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●...
upper loire – at a glance

pouilly fumé
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entire production
devoted to sauvignon
blanc

higher levels of clay in the
s...
upper loire
domaine des grandes espérances
les ailes pourpres
aoc touraine ambroise
Loire valley wines overview
Loire valley wines overview
Loire valley wines overview
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Discover the wines of the Loire Valley, France. A region often toiling in the shadow of Bordeaux & Burgundy but has as much to offer, exceptional value, both classic and unique offerings: Sancerre, Pouilly Fumé, Chinon, Muscadet & Vouvray...to name but a few.

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  • A great way to begin la France Part 2 with an overview of the delicious wines of the Loire Valley. Lots of valuable information packed in an interesting presentation with lush visuals. Thanks for posting this Nathalie!
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Loire valley wines overview

  1. 1. welcome to la france part II loire bordeaux I bordeaux II sud ouest languedoc & roussillon jura & savoie
  2. 2. la france – part II
  3. 3. la vallée de la loire
  4. 4. la vallée de la loire toils in the shadow of bordeaux burgundy rhône not because of a lack of quality many treasures to offer often overlooked
  5. 5. la vallée de la loire
  6. 6. la vallée de la loire loire's delicious wines come from numerous appellations many grape varieties • • some well known some not so much
  7. 7. loire valley appellations 87 appellation d'origine protégée – aop 0 grands crus
  8. 8. loire valley at a glance diversity – terroir – climate – varietal all types of wine – red – white – rosé – sparkling – sweet
  9. 9. loire valley at a glance most famous appellations of the loire valley – sancerre – vouvray – muscadet – chinon
  10. 10. sancerre domaine vacheron
  11. 11. loire valley varietals
  12. 12. loire valley grape varieties white chenin* – pineau de loire sauvignon blanc* – fumé blanc muscadet* – melon de bourgogne folle-blanche – arbois gros plant
  13. 13. loire valley grape varieties white chasselas chardonnay grolleau gris romorantin saint-pierre doré sacy
  14. 14. loire valley grape varieties red cabernet franc* – breton cabernet-sauvignon cot – malbec pinot noir* meunier gris/pinot meunier
  15. 15. loire valley grape varieties red pinot gris gamay* pineau d'aunis grolleau – groslot gamay de bouze gamay de chaudenay négrette
  16. 16. soil
  17. 17. loire soil wide variety of soil granite, slate, gneiss limestone covered by • • • sand argiles cailloux de limons
  18. 18. climate
  19. 19. loire climate nantes & anjou coastal - atlantic ocean ocean influence saumurois & touraine semi-continental center semi-continental the tempering effects of the loire river influences climate
  20. 20. loire valley regions 1 - pays nantais 3 – touraine 2 - anjou-saumur 4 - central vineyards or upper loire
  21. 21. loire valley regions - pays nantais muscadet coteaux de la loire muscadet côtes de grandlieu muscadet sèvre-et-maine coteaux d'ancenis muscadet
  22. 22. loire valley regions - pays nantais the pays nantais has been producing wine since the roman era muscadet is the bestknown wine of the this region muscadet – melon de bourgogne was brought to the loire centuries ago from burgundy
  23. 23. loire valley regions - pays nantais not very well suited to the terroir of burgundy melon flourished in the pays nantais, as was demonstrated in the winter of 1709, when frigid temperatures ravaged the countryside, exploding barrels, and even freezing the atlantic ocean along the coast
  24. 24. loire valley regions - pays nantais most vineyards were destroyed, but the melon survived, producing wines that perfectly reflect their maritime environment, and which make a natural partner for the superlative belon oysters of brittany
  25. 25. loire valley regions - anjou
  26. 26. tuffeau limestone subsoil
  27. 27. anjou at a glance – – – – – red white rosé sparkling sweet
  28. 28. anjou appellations anjou (sparkling) anjou-villages anjou-villages-brissac anjou coteaux de la loire cabernet d'anjou (rosé)
  29. 29. anjou appellations coteaux du vendômois coteaux du loir jasnières – 100% chenin blanc – lauded for their steeliness in youth and ability to improve and transform with age
  30. 30. anjou at a glance anjou is also home to most of celebrated sweet wines of the loire valley all made with chenin blanc ● coteaux du layon ● quarts de chaume ● bonnezeaux
  31. 31. anjou at a glance anjou’s most famous dry white ● savennières – cru – la-roche-au-moines – coulée-de-serrant • monopole • nicolas joly – chenin blanc
  32. 32. anjou at a glance reds outnumber the whites in this area & may be made from ● cabernet franc ● cabernet sauvignon ● côt (the local name for malbec) ● pineau d’aunis ● gamay and ● grollot
  33. 33. anjou at a glance best red anjou is made entirely from cabernet franc
  34. 34. château de la mulonnière l'effet papillon aoc savennières
  35. 35. loire valley regions saumur & saumur champigny
  36. 36. saumur & saumur champigny appellations cabernet de saumur coteaux de saumur saumur saumur blanc saumur brut samur brut rosé saumur-champigny crémant de loire (saumur)
  37. 37. saumur & saumur champigny at a glance the saumur brut appellation wines are among the most prestigious sparkling wines of the loire ● ● ● chenin blanc and/or cabernet franc small additions of chardonnay (in rare instances) sauvignon blanc depending on the style of the individual producer
  38. 38. saumur & saumur champigny at a glance saumur is also the principal region for the production ● ● ● crémant de loire made according to the méthode traditionnelle can include a greater variety of grapes ● must be hand harvested ● yields are strictly limited ● and the wines must age for at least a year before commercial release
  39. 39. saumur & saumur champigny at a glance saumur also produces excellent still wines white saumur ● mainly chenin blanc ● mainly cabernet franc reds most of the wines are light bodied and made for early drinking
  40. 40. saumur & saumur champigny at a glance saumur-champigny makes somewhat richer red wines that have seen a tremendous growth in popularity in recent years cabernet franc ● ● ● may be blended (although the practice is rare) with small quantities cabernet sauvignon pineau d’aunis, a grape unique to the loire valley
  41. 41. loire valley regions touraine
  42. 42. touraine at a glance – – – – red white rosé sparkling
  43. 43. touraine at a glance white ● sauvignon blanc blended ● chardonnay ● chenin blanc sparkling ● chenin blanc ● cabernet franc ● gamay ● côt (malbec) ● pinot noir is also used red
  44. 44. touraine appellations touraine touraine cot touraine mousseux crémant de la loire touraine - ambroise* touraine-noble joué touraine-mesland touraine-azay-le-rideau valençay
  45. 45. touraine appellations great variety under appellations ● vouvray ● montlouis sur loire ● ● ● ● mineral-scented & dry fruity off-dry “sec tendre” to rich, honeyed dessert wines delicious sparkling wine these wines showcase the versatility of the chenin blanc
  46. 46. touraine appellations chinon ● historic town is home to one of the loire valley’s most celebrated cabernet franc wines
  47. 47. touraine appellations bourgueil ● ● 100% cabernet franc reds and rosé resplendent of raspberry and the grape’s hallmark “pencil shaving” aromas, and can be slightly more tannic than wines from neighboring chinon st-nicolas-de-bourgueil 'beaujolais' of loire
  48. 48. loire valley regions upper loire
  49. 49. upper loire - appellations pouilly-fumé & pouilly-sur-loire sancerre menetou-salon giennois reuilly quincy chateaumeillant
  50. 50. upper loire - appellations cheverny – gamay & pinot noir cour-cheverny – romorantin
  51. 51. upper loire - appellations cour-cheverny white wine only – romorantin this grape, grown only in loire, makes floral, lively wines with a character uniquely their own
  52. 52. upper loire – at a glance centre loire, dominated by two grapes all white wines are made from ● sauvignon blanc and all red wines ● pinot noir small amount of rosé ● gamay ● pinot gris
  53. 53. upper loire – at a glance great variety exists within the region numerous micro climates different types of soil on which the vineyards are planted one has only to taste several of the wines side by side to experience the difference soil can make in wines made from the same grape
  54. 54. sancerre – at a glance sancerre, the most famous appellation of the centre loire ● ● ● produces the bestknown most imitated sauvignon blanc wines in the world sets international standards for sauvignon blanc
  55. 55. sancerre – at a glance vineyards are ideally situated on the left bank of the loire the steep hillsides provide ● ● ● ● ● optimal exposure to the sun very important advantage in a cool climate chalk and flint soils provide an ideal growing medium fresh, fruity sauvignon blanc perfumed, elegant pinot noir
  56. 56. upper loire – at a glance pouilly fumé ● ● entire production devoted to sauvignon blanc higher levels of clay in the soils give pouilly fumé creamier, rounder notes than its neighbors
  57. 57. upper loire
  58. 58. domaine des grandes espérances les ailes pourpres aoc touraine ambroise

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