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How is it called the Loire Valley?

The garden of France

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T/F The Loire River is the France's longest river with 625 miles

True

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How is the climate at Loire Valley

Maritime climate to west/coastal, continental climate to east/inland

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Loire Valley's Primary white grape varieties

Chenin Blanc
Muscadet (melon de Bourgogne)
Sauvignon Blanc
Chardonnay

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Loire Valley's red wine varieties...

Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Gamay
Groslot

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What is Pays Nantais?

A region of the Loire Valley, maritime climate with gravel/sand over schist/granite/basalt soils

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Pays Nantais AOC's

Muscadet de Sevre et Maine AOC
Muscadet Sur Lie
Three cru's (sub-zones); Clisson, Gorges and Le Pallet. No Sur Lie designation for cru's

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How is the Sur Lie bottling?

Wines matured on lees for 6-9 months following harvest

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What are New Pays Nantais AOC's

Gros plant du pays Nantais
Fiefs Vendeens
Coteaux d'Ancenis

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What kind of wines does Coteaux d'Ancenis produce?

Red, white and rose

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What kind of wine does Fiefs Vendeens produce?

Primarily young, red gamay based wines

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What is the Loire's most important grape?

Chenin Blanc. Produces 4 different styles of wine: dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling

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Anjou In Loire Valley...

Rose is almost half of production, whites from Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc, reds from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon

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Anjou Villages wines...

Red wines from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon

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Savennieres wines in Anjou...

Dry wines from Chenin Blanc, tiny appellation, best wines have great aging potential, two vineyards are their own AOC's within Savennieres: Clos de la Coulee de Serrant and Chateau de la Roche aux Moines

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Specifications from Layon Valley at Anjou...

Sweet botrytis Chenin Blanc wines
Made only in exceptional years

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Coteaux du Layon AOC's

Bonnezeaux
Quarts de Chaume (allowed to use indication Grand Cru)
Coteaux du Layon-Chaume ( can use indication Premier Cru)
Coteaux du Layon Villages

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Saumur AOC's

Saumur Mosseux
Cremant de la Loire
Saumur Champigny

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Wines from Saumur Mosseux...

Sparkling wines from Chenin Blanc with up to 20% Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc
Best wines made by Methode Traditionelle

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Wines from Cremant de la Loire...

Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet franc

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Saumur Champigny wines...

Reds from Cabernets and Pineau d'Aunis
Best will mature 6-10 years

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Touraine AOC's...

Vouvray
Montlouis
Chinon
Bourgueil & St Nicolas de Bourgueill

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Vouvray wines...

Whites from Chenin Blanc (8 villages)
Soils: limestone over tufa
Wide range of styles

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Montlouis wines...

Chenin Blanc wines in ten same styles as Vouvray

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Chinon wines...

Red wines from Cabernet franc and up to 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Tufa soils

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Bourgueil & St Nicolas de Bourgueil wines...

Red wines from Cabernet franc and up to 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Sandy soils

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Central vineyards AOC's

Sancerre
Pouilly Fume
Menetou Salon
Quincy
Reuilly

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Sancerre wines...

Whites from Sauvignon Blanc
Reds and roses from Pinot Noir and Gamay (25% total production)
Soils: limestone based

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Pouilly Fume wines...

Whites from Sauvignon Blanc
Limestone and silex soils

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Menetou salon wines...

White, red and roses from Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot noir and Gamay
Adjacent to Sancerre

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Quincy wines...

Whites from Sauvignon Blanc
Red and rose classified as Vin de Pays

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Reuilly wines...

White, red and rose from Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot noir and Pinot Gris