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Loire Valley Wines

The Loire Valley is a complete mix. Every style of wine can be found along its 600-mile length. The best known Loire Valley wine regions are Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé: the models for Sauvignon Blanc around the world. And the Chenin Blanc of the central Loire — the sweet wines of Vouvray and Anjou — have a poise and acidity which allows them to age for decades, yet be fresh when young. The dry Chenins of Savennières are the purest expression of their granite soil to be found anywhere. Finally to complete the mix are the Cabernet Franc-based reds of Chinon and Bourgueil and the fresh, easy whites of Muscadet. Search our Loire Valley wine guide’s hundreds of Loire Valley wine reviews for more details on individual wines and for our comprehensive database of Loire Valley wine ratings.

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Domaine Huët 2009 Cuvée Constance 500ml Chenin Blanc (Vouvray)

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Even more concentrated than Huët’s superb 2009 Première Trie, this is outstanding. It has both great concentration and elegance. The wine is touched by botrytis, while retaining freshness. Made from ripe, just shrivelling grapes, this is sweet Vouvray at its magnificent best.  — R.V.  (6/1/2011)
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Domaine Huët 2010 Le Mont Première Trie Moelleux Chenin Blanc (Vouvray)

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This will be a wonderful wine. Already, it is fine, with lovely acidity, bright and richly sweet at the same time. Yellow fruits mingle with honey, pear, almonds and the intense sweetness of botrytis.  — R.V.  (6/1/2011)
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Domaine Huët 2009 Clos du Bourg Première Trie Moelleux Chenin Blanc (Vouvray)

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A majestic, magisterial wine, powered by superripe fruit as well as honey and a gorgeous ripeness. With years ahead of it, this will be superb.  — R.V.  (6/1/2011)
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Clos de la Coulée de Serrant 2007 Chenin Blanc (Savennières-Coulée de Serrant)

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  1. $90
It is not easy to describe one of the majestic wines of France. This 2007 is still a wine in the making. All the elements are there: the intensity of dry fruits, the richness of spice and white fruit jams, opulent and austere at the same time. It is an extraordinary wine, with freshness, sweetness, dryness and acidity all just about perfectly balanced. Give it at…  — R.V.  (9/1/2009)
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Domaine Vacheron 2012 Les Romains Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

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  1. $70
From the flint soils of Les Romains, this tight wine is full of acidity, steely minerality and a promise of future greatness. It’s powerful, concentrated and rich, with yellow fruits, toast, gorgeous acidity and a long-lasting aftertaste. Drink from 2016.  — R.V.  (10/1/2014)
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Henri Bourgeois 2012 Jadis Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

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From selected, sunny parcels of vines, it’s powered by its citrus and pear fruits along with an intensely mineral texture and supreme concentration. It’s a Sancerre to keep, still young and gawky, best drunk from 2016.  — R.V.  (10/1/2014)
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Henri Bourgeois 2011 Sancerre Jadis Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

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  1. $50
The wine abounds with intensity, richness and power as well as mouthwatering freshness. It is very ageworthy and certainly the most impressive wine from Henri Bourgeois, a tour de force of Sauvignon Blanc.  — R.V.  (4/1/2014)
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Domaine Huët 2009 Clos du Bourg Moelleux Chenin Blanc (Vouvray)

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A wine that just hints at its enormous future. It is opulent, rich, rounded, full of quince, spice, layers of honey and apricots. It is gorgeous without losing any freshness. Keep for seven years.  — R.V.  (6/1/2011)
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