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1

What is the climate of the Loire Valley

  • West: Temperate-maritime (b/c of Atlantic)
  • East: cool-continental

2

Top white grapes of the Loire Valley

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chenin Blanc

3

Top Red Grape of the Loire Valley

Cabernet Franc

4

Top Regions of the Loire Valley

  • Pays Nantais
    • Muscadet
  • Anjou-Saumur
    • Savennieres
    • Coteaux du Layon
  • Touraine
    • Vouvray
    • Chinon
  • Upper Loire
    • Sancerre
    • Pouilly-Fume

5

Describe Sauvignon Blanc produced in the Loire Valley

  • Textbook Sauv Blanc
  • Crisp acidity
  • Light body
  • Grassy
  • Herbal
  • Top Regions:
    • Sancerre
    • Pouilly Fume

6

Describe Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley

  • Softer tannin structure than Cab Sauv
  • Ripe, dark fruit
  • Distinct herbal notes
  • Top producing region:
    • Chinon

7

What are other notable grapes in the Loire Valley?

  • Melon de Bourgogne
  • Cab Sauv
  • Gamay

8

Pays Nantais

  • grape
  • AOC

  • Melon de Bougogne (Muscadet)
  • Appellation of Muscadet
    • 100% Melon de Bourgogne
    • Seafood

9

Anjou-Saumur

  • grapes

  • Reds/Roses: Cabernet Franc
  • White: Chenin Blanc

10

Savennieres

  • Anjou Saumur
  • 100% Chenin Blanc
  • Dry
  • Piercing Acidity

11

Coteaux du Layon

  • subregions
  • grape
  • wine style

  • Anjou Saumur
  • Subregions:
    • Bonnezeaux
    • Quarts de Chaume
  • Grape:
    • 100% Chenin Blanc
  • Style:
    • Botrytis sweet wines

12

Touraine

  • location
  • red grape/subregion
  • white grape/subregion

  • East of Anjou Saumur
  • Red: Cabernet Franc (best)
    • AOC Chenon
  • White: Chenin Blanc (best)
    • AOC Vouvray

13

Vouvray

  • grape
  • flavors
  • styles

 

  • Touraine
  • Chenin Blanc - many styles
    • apple, melon, tropical flavors
  • Sparkling/Methode Traditional

14

What are some major geographical elements of the Upper Loire?

  • Cool-continental
    • Kimmeridgian limestone
      • Contributes chalky/mineral taste
  • Grape: Sauv.Blanc

15

Sancerre

  • location
  • soil
  • grape
  • flavors

  • Upper Loire
  • western bank of Loire River
  • 100% Sauv Blanc
    • grapefruit
    • grassiness
    • musky hint of cat urine
  • flinty soil (smoky flavors in wine)

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Pouilly-Fume

  • location
  • grape
  • soil

  • Upper Loire
  • eastern bank of Loire River
  • 100% Sauv Blanc
  • More flint in soil = smokier flavors