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Loire Valley

Loire Valley

The Loire is a hugely diverse and beautiful region with numerous appellations along France’s longest river. These include famous names such as Muscadet, Touraine, Vouvray and Sancerre for whites, Bourgueil and Chinon for reds. The wine is made in a variety of styles – red, white and rose as well as dry, sweet and sparkling. Typically, the wines are high in acidity because of its cool, northern position. White varieties to look out for are Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadet while the lesser-known reds include Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Gamay. (Financial Times)

La Vigne Aux Sandres

Winery: La Vigne Aux Sandres
Region: Loire Valley
Sub-region: Pouilly-Fumé

Pouilly-Fumé

Grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Soil: clay and limestone

Terroir: Maturation in tanks on fine lees

Vinification: Traditional vinification in tanks with temperature control

Colour: Pale yellow colour with green tints

Nose: All the expressions of Sauvignon blanc (lemon, broom)
A characteristic discrete ‘fumé’ touch

Palate: Vivacity and length in the palate

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Le Mont

Winery: Le Mont
Region: Loire Valley
Sub-region: Sancerre

Sancerre

Grape variety : Sauvignon Blanc
Soil : mainly limestone but also silica

Vinification: Traditional vinification in thermo-regulated tanks

Terroir: In tank on fine lees

Colour: Pale yellow colour with green tints

Nose: Fruity nose. Mainly vegetal aromas such as boxwood and blackcurrant bud evolving
towards floral scents (acacia)

Palate: The frank attack evolves to a rich and round mouth

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