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Thursday 8 December 2016 loc: GB

Loire Valley

The Loire in pictures

A pictorial round-up from a tour of the Loire’s ‘hidden gems’, which saw a small group of UK wine buyers uncover deliciously niche offerings from this great wine valley, from white Chinon to sweet Chenin – and one feline.

Monday, October 24th, 2016 No Comments »

France’s oldest wine estate goes on sale

The 1,000 year-old Château de Goulaine in the Loire Valley, reputed to be France’s and one of Europe’s oldest wine producing estates, has been put up for sale.

Friday, March 4th, 2016 1 Comment »

Winemaker renounces ties to Loire body

A biodynamic winemaker has split from the Loire’s promotional body and plans to set up his own appellation after a bitter court battle over unpaid fees.

Friday, February 13th, 2015 1 Comment »

Muscadet undergoing a ‘renaissance’

Loire Valley Wines has released an infographic encouraging people to drink Muscadet – a wine Jancis Robinson has said we should all be drinking.

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 No Comments »

Wine saint’s day: Martin of Tours

As well as Armistice Day, 11 November is the holy day of Martin of Tours, patron saint of soldiers, wine and the Vintners Livery Company.

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 No Comments »

Coteaux du Layon in dry white push

Producers in the sweet wine producing appellation of Coteaux du Layon in the Loire Valley are pushing to be able to make dry white wines in the region.

Monday, June 30th, 2014 No Comments »

Chenin Blanc is the Pinot parallel

Chenin Blanc is as complicated to grow but as rewarding as Pinot Noir in the right hands, according to one Loire Valley producer.

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 No Comments »

The Loire Valley in pictures

db’s Lucy Shaw enjoys a whistle-stop tour of the Loire Valley, taking in castles, towers, windmills, goats and Marilyn Monroe.

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 No Comments »

Wine consultants are ‘plastic surgeons’

High profile wine consultants are like “plastic surgeons” trying to make ugly wines beautiful, according to one French producer.

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 5 Comments »

Sancerre threatens AOC departure

Producers in Sancerre are apparently threatening to leave the AOC system following the governing body’s decision to close the local office.

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 No Comments »

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