LOIRE VALLEY WINES

The Loire Valley region, France’s third largest wine region, offers excellent wines whose diversity is increasingly appealing to professionals and wine lovers. A historical landmark of castles and kings, this vast region includes 51 Protected Designations of Origin (PDOs) and Designations of Origin, 4 Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs), all spread over 14 departments and 4 major regions: Pays Nantais, Anjou-Saumur, Touraine and Centre-Loire, bringing together more than 6200 winegrowers, 250 merchants and 16 cooperative cellars.

 

The grape varieties of the Loire Valley are in perfect harmony with their terroirs. This is what makes these wines so popular all over the world, and particularly in Quebec. It must be recognized that the wines are very accessible, the whites are full of charm, the rosés fresh and delicate, the sparkling wines are perfect for partying at a reasonable price and the reds are delicious and gourmet. The red wines of the Loire Valley are mainly made from Cabernet Franc, presenting floral notes with herbaceous nuances, supple and crisp tannins. Cabernet Franc is ideal for meat dishes. The consumer is naturally directed towards the Chinon, Saumur and many other options in the region. The wines of the Loire Valley are also known for their white wines which accompany seafood, and more particularly oysters. In this case, the consumer rightly turns to Muscadet. However, the Coteaux d’Ancenis, Gros-Plant du pays Nantais, and IGP Val de Loire, are also proposed by professionals who appreciate these pleasurable wines as a perfect companion to seafood. Other white varieties of the Loire Valley such as Sauvignon Blanc, a grape variety from Touraine, Sancerre, Pouilly Fumé, Menetou-Salon, Coteaux du Giennois, Quincy and Reuilly, pair perfectly well with fine fish or a well roasted chicken. As we say in the world of wine, you can’t go wrong with a Sauvignon from Val de Loire. Offering a wine in all confidence to a customer means ensuring their happiness. Continuing the white grape varieties of the Loire Valley wines, Chenin is the very expression of what versatility and excellence can represent. Perfectly expressing its character and terroir, Chenin Blanc requires mastery, but rewards the winegrower who knows how to control it, making it possible to produce delicious dry, semi-dry, sweet or sweet and effervescent wines. The appellations Vouvray, Savennières, Anjou Coteaux de la Loire, Saumur, as well as Coteaux du Layon, Quarts de Chaume Grand Cru, Coteaux de l’Aubance are wines of great culinary expression: lime blossom, yellow fruits, white flowers, beeswax, honey, quince, sweet spices… Its very broad organoleptic palette enables fantastic wine and food combinations. In this vast and beautiful wine region, it is also worth mentioning the other grape varieties, such as Gamay, Chardonnay, Groleau or Pinot Noir, which testify to its great diversity. There is no doubt that the wines of the Loire Valley perfectly meet the needs of consumers who are looking for quality, authenticity and a very affordable price.

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