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More Loire wine awards – “Absolutely Cracking” French Wines

An impressive list of UK-based wine press and sommeliers gathered in London to choose their favourite French wines. The Loire was well reresented and appreciated:

Under £8 / White / Loire

AOC Cheverny
Domaine du Salvard (Emmanuel Delaille)
Cheverny 2011
ABV: 12.50%
Grape varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
RRP and retailer(s): £7.50 – The Wine Society
“I cannot think of another region capable of working such magic with
Sauvignon/Chardonnay blends; Domaine du Salvard are consistently
excellent. The 2011 packs a punch and shows plenty of interest at this
price point.” Sarah AHMED

AOC Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie
Château de la Templerie 2010
ABV: 12.00%
Grape varieties: Melon de Bourgogne
RRP and retailer(s): £5.75 – The Wine Society
“Muscadet remains one of France’s great wine bargains. This version is
pure and bright, with a bit of weight from the lees contact. Just perfect
with pre-prandial oysters at Christmas.” Natasha HUGHES

AOC Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie
Chéreau-Carré
Château L’Oiselinière de la Ramée 2010
ABV: 12.00%
Grape varieties: Melon de Bourgogne
RRP and retailer(s): £7.75 – The Wine Society

“Muscadet still offers great value; this wine punches way above its weight.”
Chris KISSACK

AOC Touraine
Champtelou
Sauvignon Blanc 2011
ABV: 12.50%
Grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc
RRP and retailer(s): £7.99 – Waitrose

“Great value everday Sauvignon, crisp, fresh and lemony. I often
recommend it as a wedding wine, great with or without food, a real
crowd-pleaser.” Amy WISLOCKI

Under £8 / Red / Loire

AOC Côte Roannaise
Domaine Robert Sérol
Vieilles vignes 2011
ABV: 12.00%
Grape varieties: Gamay
RRP and retailer(s): £7.95 – The Wine Society
“A great value alternative to Beaujolais, which would be one of my desert
island wines.” Rosemary GEORGE MW

“A Gamay from a little-known Loire appellation close to Beaujolais but often better. Serol is one of the best producers.” Jim BUDD

AOC Fiefs Vendéens
J. Mourat Père et Fils
Collection Fiefs Vendéens Mareuil 2010
ABV: 12.50%
Grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Négrette, Cabernet Franc
RRP and retailer(s): £7.50 – The Wine Society
“A little-known area, an eclectic mix of grapes (Pinot Noir, Négrette,
Cabernet Franc) and an innovative young wine maker equals a wine
which is a pleasure not simply a curiosity. For broad food matches like
any Loire red. ” Liz SAGUES

£8 to £15 / Sparkling / Loire

AOC Montlouis-sur-Loire
Domaine de La Taille aux Loups
Triple Zéro 2009
ABV: 12.50%
Grape varieties: Chenin Blanc
RRP and retailer(s): £14.95 – Slurp
“Excellent Fizz – Pétillant so only 2.5 atmospheres. No addition of sugar at
any point of the process. Delicious now, but can age.” Jim BUDD

£8 to £15 / White / Loire

AOC Montlouis-sur-Loire
Domaine Frantz Saumon
Minéral + Sec 2011
ABV: 12.80%
Grape varieties: Chenin Blanc
RRP and retailer(s): £15.00 – Wine Direct
“Chenin is such tremendous value, and this is an outstanding food wine –
especially with veal!.” Richard HEMMING

AOC Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie
Domaine de la Pépière
Les Gras Moutons, Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2009
ABV: 12.50%
Grape varieties: Melon de Bourgogne
RRP and retailer(s): £11.49 – Premier Vintners

“Melon de Bourgogne translates terroir brilliantly; this is a spine-tingling
example of gneiss.” Chris KISSACK

AOC Quincy
Domaine Henri Bourgeois
Quincy Haute Victoire 2010
ABV: 14.00%
Grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc
RRP and retailer(s): £12.30 – Slurp

“This is a delicious white from a little-seen appellation. It is the best Quincy
I have ever tasted.” Charles METCALFE

AOC Sancerre
André Dezat & Fils
Sancerre blanc 2011
ABV: 12.50%
Grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc
RRP and retailer(s): £13.12 – Tanners Wine Merchant

“Classic stuff. Under-rated Loire producing top whites, still the original
sauvignon blanc, with the stoniness and linearity, along with fruit, that
adventurous Kiwis are looking to emulate. André Dezat one of the best.”
Sally EASTON MW

AOC Touraine-Amboise
Domaine Xavier Frissant
Les Roses du Clos 2010
ABV: 13.00%
Grape varieties: Fié Gris
RRP and retailer(s): £9.00 – H2Vin

“Is there or isn’t there a Sauvignon backlash? Here’s one for the fence
sitters – Fié Gris, a little known, floral, grapefruity & intense alternative to
AOP Touraine’s best known variety.” Sarah AHMED

£8 to £15 / Red / Loire

AOC Touraine
Jean-Francois Mérieau
Cent Visages 2009
ABV: 12.00%
Grape varieties: Malbec
RRP and retailer(s): £14.95 – Caviste
“One of the most exciting and original reds around: fresh (only 12%),
crunchy, peppery and earthy.” Amy WISLOCKI

Christmas / White / Loire

AOC Montlouis-sur-Loire
Domaine de La Taille aux Loups
Rémus 2010
ABV: 13.50%
Grape varieties: Chenin Blanc
RRP and retailer(s): £16.98 – Fields, Morris and Verdin
“Wine geek’s dream of an old vines Chenin that has the feel of a
natural wine and a truly delicious one at that. Full of flavour, full of
decisive acidity and cut, is nutty and complex with apple and
vivid lemon flavours persisting.” Tom CANNAVAN

AOC Sancerre
Domaine Fouassier
Clos Paradis 2010
ABV: 12.50%
Grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc
RRP and retailer(s): £16.30 – Bibendum

“Something classic for Christmas, which will undoubtedly upstage the
turkey. Wonderful fragrance, complexity and length. Rather than with
the bird, drink it with a simple Boxing Day salad of gently sautéed spring
onions and peas with Serrano ham.” Liz SAGUES

AOC Sancerre
Domaine Gérard Boulay
Clos de Beaujeu 2010
ABV: 13.00%
Grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc
RRP and retailer(s): £18.75 – Vine Trail

“If it has to be Sauvignon Blanc, then Boulay’s Sancerres from Chavignol
are among the most terroir-driven I know. Clos de Beaujeu is a very steep,
south-east facing vineyard which gives this wine true grit – more structure
than Boulay’s cuvee from the south facing Monts Damnés.” Sarah AHMED

AOC Savennières
Pithon Paillé
Schistes 2009
ABV: 13.00%
Grape varieties: Chenin Blanc
RRP and retailer(s): £25.40 – Justerini and Brooks

“Just beautiful. Fresh and full, packed with layers of pure flavour, but not
rich and over the top – incredible length. Ideal for pre-Christmas dinner
drinks or with starter on Christmas Eve.” Tara O’LEARY

Christmas / Red / Loire

AOC Chinon
Bernard Baudry
La Croix Boissée 2010
ABV:
Grape varieties: Cabernet Franc
RRP and retailer(s): £17.95 – Lea and Sandeman
“This is one of the most “Burgundian” Chinons I have ever had. It is layered,
sensuous and aromatic with a core of ripe cherry fruit and that
unmistakeable Cab Franc perfume. Cab Franc is so underappreciated
and this is such a gem. Perfect for feathered game dishes. I personally
would have it with turkey or goose, even with beef – I adore this wine.”
Anne KREBIEHL

AOC Sancerre
Domaine Vincent Pinard
Charlouise 2008
ABV: 13.00%
Grape varieties: Pinot Noir
RRP and retailer(s): £24.99 – The Perfect Cellar

“Fine example of how good Pinot Noir can be from the Loire following
the red revolution here.” Jim BUDD

Christmas / Sparkling / Champagne

AOC Vouvray
Domaine Champalou
Vouvray Brut NV
ABV: 12.00%
Grape varieties: Chenin Blanc
RRP and retailer(s): £13.00 – Caves de Pyrène
“A ‘pet nat’, light mousse suits youthful style. Subtle but very complete on
palate, fruity not yeasty, very consistent and adaptable.”
Stephen NISBET – 10in8 Fine Dining Group

Christmas / White / Loire

AOC Anjou
Château de La Roulerie
Les Terrasses 2008
ABV: 13.00%
Grape varieties: Chenin Blanc
RRP and retailer(s): £14.96 – Harrods
“This rich and complex wine has perfect acidity mixed with minerality,
fresh yellow fruit and honeysuckle. Great with asparagus soup and
honey-roasted duck.”
Vanessa CINTI – The Cut 45 Park Lane – Dorchester Collection

Christmas / Sweet White / Loire

AOC Coteaux du Layon
Château de La Roulerie
Chenin Blanc 2009
ABV: 12.00%
Grape varieties: Chenin Blanc
RRP and retailer(s): £14.52 – The Wine Treasury
“Lovely sweet wine, light and elegant with aromas of orange and lemon
zest, honeysuckle and fresh pears. Perfect with Christmas pudding.”
Vanessa CINTI – The Cut 45 Park Lane – Dorchester Collection

We at Loire Valley Wine Tour could not be more delighted at the reaction of these stars of the wine world to the wines of the Loire Valley.

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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