What a joy it is to pootle around the glorious Loire valley. The plethora of grand mansions and chateau that is dotted throughout the landscape is spectacular beyond belief. How exciting it is as one turns another corner on a small country road only to be hit by a massive and historic estate…Beautiful! The sheer variety of the countryside is simply amazing. One will be wowed all the way to the coastline where the Atlantic kisses the Loire shores. This is truly a paradise AND the wines aren’t bad either.
The first port of call is Muscadet which hugs the Loire river and is home to the individual grape variety Melon de Bourgogne, originally native to nearby Burgundy. There is a little of the Melon still in Burgundy but it found greater success travelling west to the Loire and its maritime influence. This wine is the most popular seafood white right throughout France.
We then move on to Sancerre and it’s multitude of rolling hills and valley which is just so beautiful. The town of Sancerre is almost a totally walled town and with its cobble stoned street is just a sheer delight to wander around. This is Sauvignon Blanc country and just so delicious.
Slip on down the road to Pouilly-sur-Loire for a bracing glass of Pouilly-Fume from Jean Pabiot. Here the Sauvignon is more minerally and slightly higher in acid owing to the rocky soil and shale in the sub soil. Pick up some oysters and take a bottle of Pouilly-Fume down to the Loire and enjoy one of the great wine and food combinations of them all!