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The Loire !!!!!!!!

All about the Loire WSET3

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Loire no generic AC, IGP marketed as single varietals, straightforward with freshness, light body, simple fruit, many varietals permitted
Loire Climate considerable climatic differences between regions, variations in weather patterns cause significant vintage variation
Central Vineyards cool, continental, Sancerre, Pouilly-Fume, Menetou-Salon
Anjou-Saumur maritime influence, Coteaux du Layon, Anjou, Saumur, Savenniere
Loire Chenin Blanc can be smoky, mineral, can be botrytized, style directly related to degree of ripeness, does not ripen evenly, best on limestone, consume in first 10 years
Loire Melon Blanc (muscadet/melon de bourgogne) neutral, green apple, grassy, versatile, food friendly, ripens early, frost resistant
Loire Sauv Blanc vinification avoids excessive herbaceousness, fruity varietal character, fermented at moderate temp, restrained when compared with NZ style, may be oaked
Loire Cab Franc fragrant, juicy, light tannin, high acidity, higher acid and tannin with oak aging, some rose
Sancerre AC Central Vineyard, Loire, chalky, well drained, soil like Chablis
Sancerre wines Sauv Blanc, high acid, no oak, mostly not for aging
Chavignol Sancerre, Sauv Blanc, high acid, gun smoke
Les Mouts Damnes Sancerre, Sauv Blanc, high acid, gun smoke
Pouilly-Fume AC Central Vineyard, Loire, chalky, well drained, more flinty, gentle slopes
Pouilly-Fume wine no red, Sauv Blanc, high acid, no oak, mostly not for aging, variation by vineyard
Menetou-Salon some kimmeridgian clay, mostly hard & calcerous, whites from Sauv Blanc, reds from Pinot Noir
Touraine AC next to Central Vineyards, Loire, west is red, east is white, flint, sand, limestone
Touraine red Cab Franc, Gamay, Malbec
Touraine white Sauv Blanc, some Chenin Blanc
Vouvray wines 100% Chenin Blanc, all styles (still-sparkling, dry-luscious)
Vouvray AC Touraine, cellars in tuffeau, large root systems, good drainage, high calcium maintains grape acidity
Chinon Touraine, almost all red, some Cab Franc rose, little Cab Sauv, traditionally old oak, now new oak
Bourgueil Touraine, limestone, sand terraces
Anjou-Samur heartland of Loire, continental climate changes to maritime, best wines south of river, red, white & rose
Saumur Anjou-Saumur, Chenin Blanc, dry to sweet, best reds are Cab Franc
Anjou Anjou-Saumur, red, white, rose, Chenin Blanc, Cab Franc
Cabernet d'Anjou Anjou-Saumur, Cab Sauv & Cab Franc rose, medium sweet
Rose d'Anjou Anjou-Saumur, less sweet, rose, Cab Franc & Grolleau
Rose de Loire Anjou-Saumur, dry, 30% Cabernet
Coteaux du Layon Anjou-Saumur, botrytized, fresh fruit, high acidity, 12-14%
Quarts de Chaume AC Coteaux du Layon, Anjou-Saumur
Bonnezeaux AC Coteaux du Layon, Anjou-Saumur
Savennieres Anjou-Saumur, Chenin Blanc, late harvest, no botrytis, full bodied, dry, complex, austere when young, aged to honey, smoke, minerality
Nantais Loire, fully maritime
Muscadet AC Nantais, mostly schist, gneiss, some granite & sand, good heat retention & drainage
Muscadet Sevre et Maine AC Nantais, Loire
Muscadet Cotes de Grondlieu AC Nantais, Loire
Muscadet wines Melon de Bourgogne, dry, chapitalization, max 12%, no oak, drink young, matches shellfish
Muscadet Sur Lie Nantais, bottled direct from cask or tank without filtration, spends winter on lees
Created by: agmakosz on 2012-06-24



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