Described as 'one of the most exciting white wines in France', Muscadet is very much representative of the Atlantic coast on which it is produced - and unsurprisingly pairs beautifully with the exquisite seafood of the Breton coast. Home to a broad variety of soils, which result in a surprisingly diverse range of wines, Muscadet is also typically more affordable than comparable wines from other regions.

Muscadet Facts

- Muscadet is made from the melon de Bourgogne grape, which originated in Burgundy in the Middle Ages. 

- Muscadet's mineral quality is part of the reason it's such a great match for seafood

- Muscadet is commonly aged 'sur lie' meaning that it is aged on suspended dead yeast particles (lees). This gives a creamy texture and lager-like taste profile.

Dominant Flavours

Lime, Lemon, Green Apple, Green Pear, Sea Shell

Muscadet

Where to try Muscadet

The Lighterman, Frederick's, The Charles Lamb, Sardine, The Commissary, Barge East & Gotto

Our favourite retail bottles

 

Muscadet, Celliers de la Roche Auguste Bonhomme

Drouet Freres / via Slurp

Louis Métaireau Grand Mouton Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie / via Vivino

Vignerons du Pallet "Julibation" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie / via Connollys

Domaine Gadais La Grande Réserve du Moulin 

/ via Laithwaites

Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie, Domaine des Ratelles / via The Wine Society

 

Crémant de Loire

Crémant de Loire predominantly uses Chenin Blanc grapes, which give the wine wonderful flavours of lemon, quince, pear, honey and chamomile, making it quite different to other sparkling wines. Crémant de Loire is generally considered one of the most approachable sparkling wines, palatable and pleasing.

Crémant de Loire Facts

- The Loire Valley is the second largest producer of sparkling wine in France.

- Crémant's name literally means 'creamy', a reference to the wonderful texture and fine bubbles typical of Crémant de Loire.

- Crémant is made using the same methode traditionelle as Champagne. Many famous Champagne Houses also make Crémant de Loire

Dominant Flavours

White fleshed fruits, Lemon Balm, Hazelnuts, Almonds, Vanilla

Where to try Crémant de Loire

Craft, The Trafalgar Tavern, Bōkan, Bedales of Borough, Lupins, Dalston Roof Park

Our favourite retail bottles

 

Crémant de Loire Brut, De Chanceny / via Great Western Wines

LDomaine du Landreau Crémant de Loire Morin Brut / via Hennings

Château de l'Aulée Crémant de Loire / via Averys

Langlois Château, "L'Extra" Crémant de Loire Brut

/ via Majestic

Maison Ackermann Crémant de Loire / via Hayward Bros

 

Rosé du Val de Loire

The Rosés of the Loire Valley are enormously varied, reflecting the incredible range of climates and terroirs packed into the (relatively) small area the wines are produced in. They range in colour from pale rose to raspberry, with a glimmer or orange, and are generally light, supple, delicate and very refreshing.

Rosé du Val de Loire Facts

- Rosés du Val de Loire are generally best enjoyed young, perfectly chilled to 8 degrees.

- If you've ever wondered what wine to pair with more informal foods, Rosé du Val de Loire is the answer: it's a great match for pizza, salad and barbecue.

- The pink of Rosé du Val de Loire wine comes from the grape skins being left in with the juice during the fermentation process. It is not, as commonly believed, a mix of red and white wines.

Dominant Flavours

Strawberries, Raspberries, Redcurrants, Violets, Acid Drops

Where to try Rosé du Val de Loire

Pall Mall Fine Wines, The London Edition, Frog by Adam Handling, Eve Bar, The Victorian Bath House

Our favourite retail bottles

 

Château de Mauny, Rosé d'Anjou / via Fullaloves

Rosé d'Anjou, Famille Bougrier/ via

The Wine Society

Rosé d'Anjou, Chateau de Bellevue / via PDN

Rosé d'Anjou 1789 / via Gerrys

Rosé d'Anjou, "Champ d'Oiseaux" Domaine

des Trottieres / via Vinatis

 

Touraine Sauvignon Blanc is very different to other white wines, due to its herbaceous, green flavours. Touraine is a cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc, and is considered one of the best in the world.

Touraine Sauvignon Blanc Facts

- The name Sauvignon comes from sauvage, meaning 'wild'. It is at least 500 years old and is the descendent of a rare French grape variety called Savagnin, which originated in the Loire Valley.

- Many Touraine Sauvignon Blancs are barrel fermented and aged on lees (old yeast), giving a rich, creamy texture. Some are further aged on oak, adding more complex flavours.

- Franec is the largest producer of Sauvignon Blanc, and most of that production takes place in the Loire Valley.

Dominant Flavours

Gooseberry, Grass, Kiwi, Lime

Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

Where to try Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

The Phene, Beaufort House, The Hour Glass, The Ladbroke Arms, The Waterway, La Ferme Primrose Hill, Percy & Founders, Noizé

Our favourite retail bottles

 

Patrick Vauvy Domaine Bellevue Sauvignon Touraine  / via Vivino

Domaine Joël Delaunay, "La Voûte" Chenonceaux Touraine/ via Vivino

François Chainier, "Seraph" Sauvignon Blanc

/ via Mail Wine Club

Guy Allion Touraine Sauvignon / via Buon Vino

Lacheteau Touraine Sauvignon Blanc  / via Ocado

 

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