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Loire Valley vineyard open days

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Vineyard open day

American clients at the vineyard open day

When touring the Loire Valley region  we always keep an eye out for signs announcing an upcoming wine event.

Last week a group of our clients were lucky in their choice of days to visit and I was able to take them to an open day for the launch of the new seasons wine at a wine producer near the royal palace of Chenonceau at Francueil.

We were treated on this occasion to more than the usual tasting of a dozen or more wines; the hunting horn troop from  Château de Montpoupon were playing in the cellars, Miss Touraine and a fine selection of wine-related antiques and artifacts were on display. We were able to talk to many of the growers and production staff and the tasting took on a whole new aspect when we had the vignerons explaining their techniques to us.

The event through our schedule into chaos and we had to ditch a chateau visit, but we all agreed, over a delightful lunch in Montrichard later, that it had been a marvelous way to spend a morning.

I have a whole pile of notices for other events on my increasingly cluttered desk, and if bookings coincide with any of these, you can be sure we will be going!

In the meantime I am talking to winemakers who export to the Far East in anticipation of a tour we are hoping to arrange later in the year for a group of buyers from China and Tiawan. I surprising number are already doing so, it would seem.

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Great value Loire wines

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I was delighted to read that the “Best Vallue Wine of the Month” in Decanter magazine is from the Loire Valley.

Their selection in the March edition of the magazine included red and white wines from Italy, Argentina, Spain, South Africa, Chile and France, all currently available from the UK’s high street and independent wine merchants. The outright winner this month was from Domaine du Salvard, AOC Cheverny.

The vineyard has won a number of prestigeous awards in recent years (Gold Medal IWC last year) and are helping to fly the flag for this lesser know appellation. Decanter describes the Sauvignon Blanc / Chardonnay blend as: “punchy, minerally and steely, with an overlying freshness and fine fruit intensity”. Sounds exactly like a Loire wine to us!