Loire Valley Wine Ratings

Wine Spectator’s June issue has a wonderful article on the excellent 2009 and 2010 vintages for Loire Valley wines.  The Loire Valley in France runs 600 miles east/west from just south of Paris to the Atlantic Ocean, and there are wonderful varietals, focused mostly on crisp whites, like Sancerre, made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Another well-known varietal from the Loire is Vouvray.  Lesser known names are Savenierres and Quarts de Chaume.  These are featured often on menus in Europe, but seen less in the US.  I enjoyed these several times on my last trip to Europe.

In a recent testing of over 400 wines, Wine Spectator rated 38% of them 90 points or more, making Loire whites the thing to drink this summer!

You have to be a subscriber to read the whole review article, but if you want a fantastic reference document, they have issued a FREE copy of the ratings page, listed alphabetically.


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