Although not as effectively referred to as Burgundy and Bordeaux, the Loire Valley produces a number of the finest wine in France and there’s one thing for everybody. From the glowing Crémant that rivals neighboring Champagne, to the bone dry Sancerre made with Sauvignon blanc, to the crimson Cabernet franc of Chinon, the area abounds in prime quality wine.
We like how unassuming most of the wineries are. Once you cease for a tasting right here, it’s usually the proprietor serving you and exhibiting you the cellar. Many locations don’t require a reservation and sometimes the tastings are free, however we normally purchase a bottle or two to point out our appreciation. Plus these are superb wines and are fairly inexpensive.
Certainly one of our favourite wineries to go to is Vincent Gaudry in Sancerre. Though it’s a little bit of a drive from Amboise, when you’re a fan of the stony minerality of those well-known white wines, it’s well worth the drive. Vincent was one of many first biodynamic growers on this area and likes to supply tastings in his small cellar. His wines are a exceptional expression of the terroir and he’s a gracious host. After we had been there with our daughter, he requested her what yr she was born and pulled a dusty bottle of 1992 to allow us to style!