Pampered Muscadets Show Loire Valley’s Gains in French Market

on 16/08/10 at 4:38 pm


Chinon red wine is made from cabernet franc grapes in the yellow limestone cellars of the Loire Valley, France. The vineyards of the Loire extend from the region of Sancerre through Tours westward to Nantes & the Atlantic. Photographer: Marc Jauneaud/InterLoire via Bloomberg

The average wine drinker’s familiarity with Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, &  a few wines from the Rhone & Alsace usually does not extend very far into France’s Loire Valley. Grape varieties with names like folle blanche, melon de bourgogne, pineau d’Aunis, & grolleau do not leap to mind when considering what to have with dinner.

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