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Loire Wines at the Decanter 2012 awards.

One of the most respected wine competitions and also the largest in the world, Decanter World Wine Awards 2012recognised the quality of many Loire Valley wines this year as it has every year it began in 2004.

Over 14,000 wines were judged with the most successful grape at Decanter 2012 being Chenin Blanc, a variety well represented in the Loire Valley.

gold Gold medals were awarded to:

Chateau la Varière Les Guerches 2010

Quarts De Chaume, Loire, France

(White – Sweet) Very inviting orange blossom, lavender and apricot jam scents with honeyed beeswax. Rich caramel and ripe apple with an orange and exotic fruit finish.

Château de Targé Chenin Blanc 2010

Coteaux De Saumur, Loire, France

(White – Sweet) Elegant orange, peach and citrus aromas over tons of sweet apricot, mango and raisins. Touch of barley sugar to pineapple, guava and apricot skin with spice notes.

silver Silver medals were awarded to:

Albane & Bertrand Minchin Le Claux Delorme 2009

Valençay, Loire, France

Bouchié-Chatellier La Chatellière 2010

Pouilly-fumé, Loire, France

Château d’Epiré Cuvée Spéciale 2010

Savennières, Loire, France

Château de Fesles 2010

Bonnezeaux, Loire, France

Château De Fesles Chenin Sec La Chapelle Vieilles Vignes 2010

Anjou Blanc, Loire, France

Château de Parnay Cuvée Historique 2009

Saumur-champigny, Loire, France

Château de Thauvenay Cuvée Montalivet 2008

Sancerre, Loire, France

Domaine de Bel Air 2011

Pouilly-fumé, Loire, France

Domaine de Terrebrune XXV/LX NV

Crémant De Loire, Loire, France

Domaine des Champs Fleuris Chenin 2011

Saumur, Loire, France

Domaine des Hauts Perrays 2010

Coteaux Du Layon, Loire, France

Domaine Jean-Paul Balland 2011

Sancerre, Loire, France

Domaine Lebrun 2011

Pouilly-fumé, Loire, France

Domaine Poiron Dabin Château Thebaud, Clos des Tabardieres 2007

Muscadet-sevre Et Maine, Loire, France

Henri Bourgeois d’Antan Terroir de Silex 2010

Sancerre, Loire, France

La Tour Saint-Martin Morogues 2010

Menetou-salon, Loire, France

Michel Thomas Sil’ex 2010

Sancerre, Loire, France

Michel Vattan Les L-O 2010

Sancerre, Loire, France

Patrick Maudry Domaine de Fontenille 2011

Pouilly-fumé, Loire, France

Pauline 2009

Sancerre, Loire, France

bronze Bronze medals were awarded to:

Ackerman Lamarte 2011

Rosé D’anjou, Loire, France

André & Edmond Figeat Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference 2011

Pouilly-fumé, Loire, France

Antoine Simoneau Cabernet Franc 2010

Touraine, Loire, France

Arnaud De Lassalle 2011

Pouilly-fumé, Loire, France

Bouvet Saphir 2009

Saumur Brut, Loire, France

Cave de Saumur The Co-operative NV

Saumur Brut, Loire, France

Cave Des Vins De Sancerre Chêne Saint-Louis 2010

Sancerre, Loire, France

Caves De La Loire Caprice d’Inès 2011

Rosé D’anjou, Loire, France

Caves De Pouilly Sur Loire Les Cascadelles 2011

Pouilly-fumé, Loire, France

Caves du Val de France Jovly-Chinon 2010

Chinon, Loire, France

Champalou 2010

Vouvray, Loire, France

Champalou Brut NV

Vouvray, Loire, France

Chateau de Fosse-Sèche Arcane 2010

Saumur, Loire, France

Château Bellerive 2010

Quarts De Chaume, Loire, France

Château De Brézé Clos David 2010

Saumur, Loire, France

Château de Minière Vignes Centenaires 2009

Bourgueil, Loire, France

Château de Targé Cuvée Ferry 2009

Saumur-champigny, Loire, France

Château de Thauvenay 2011

Sancerre, Loire, France

Château La Trochoire 2009

Touraine, Loire, France

Château la Varière La Chevalerie 2010

Anjou-villages-brissac, Loire, France

Château la Varière Vieilles Vignes 2010

Anjou Villages Brissac, Loire, France

Château Pierre Bise Roche aux Moines 2009

Savennieres, Loire, France

Château Princé 2010

Coteaux De L’aubance, Loire, France

Château Soucherie 2009

Chaume, Loire, France

Chotard Daniel 2010

Sancerre, Loire, France

Comte d’Ardières 2010

Sancerre, Loire, France

Domaine Bernard Fleuriet Côte de Marioup 2010

Sancerre, Loire, France

Domaine de Bois Mozé Blanc Secret Brut et Nature 2008

Crémant De Loire, Loire, France

Domaine de Haute Perche Les Fontenelles 2010

Coteaux De L’aubance, Loire, France

Domaine de l’Hyvernière Clos des Orfeuilles 2011

Muscadet-sevre Et Maine, Loire, France

Domaine de la Perriere 2011

Sancerre, Loire, France

Domaine de la Rouletière Demi-Sec 2010

Vouvray, Loire, France

Domaine de la Rouletière Sec 2010

Vouvray, Loire, France

Domaine de Lery 2011

Cheverny, Loire, France

Domaine de Montcy 2009

Cour-cheverny, Loire, France

Domaine de Rocheville La Dame 2010

Saumur, Loire, France

Domaine De Terrebrune 2011

Cabernet D’anjou, Loire, France

Domaine des Champs Fleuris Les Tufolies 2011

Saumur-champigny, Loire, France

Domaine Hubert Brochard Marks & Spencer Silex 2010

Sancerre, Loire, France

Domaine Jean-Paul Balland 2010

Sancerre, Loire, France

Domaine Martin Le Perd -son- Pain 2011

Muscadet-sevre Et Maine Sur Lie, Loire, France

Domaine Vacheron 2011

Sancerre, Loire, France

Fournier Père et Fils Tesco Finest 2009

Pouilly-fumé, Loire, France

Gratien & Meyer The Society’s Celebration 2009

Crémant De Loire, Loire, France

Jean Paul Mollet L’Antique 2011

Pouilly-fumé, Loire, France

Joël et Jean-Louis Lhumeau 2010

Anjou, Loire, France

Joseph Mellot Destinéa Pinot Noir Rosé 2011

Vin De Pays Du Val De Loire, Loire, France

Lacheteau 2011

Muscadet, Loire, France

Tinel-Blondelet 2011

Pouilly-fumé, Loire, France

Tinel-Blondelet Domaine la Croix Canat, Les Blancs Gateaux 2011

Sancerre, Loire, France

Véronique Chéreau-Günther Château du Coing de St Fiacre Cuvée Excellence 2010

Muscadet-sevre Et Maine, Loire, France

Vignerons du Pallet Jubilation Le Pallet 2009

Muscadet-sevre Et Maine, Loire, France

About ukhostland

Since 2007 Chatal and Colin Elliot have lived in France but they have visited annually for nearly 40 years and were married in SW France.Their love for and training in wine and viticulture has resulted in Loire Valley Wine Tour, guiding guests around the vineyards of their adopted home - the Loire Valley. The wonderful chateaux of the Loire are included in many visits. Garden tours are also offered- they are award winning English garden designers and Colin is at the head of the Garden Design Academy.. The Academy is the European centre for garden and horticulture education by distance learning. It offers in excess of 90 different courses to students throughout the world.

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