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The Loire Valley

The first vineyards in the Loire Valley were planted by the Romans, presumably while Asterix and Obelix were taking some downtime from resisting Caesar’s occupation. Those cheeky Gauls must have slipped a little of the druid’s magic potion into the barrels though, because it wasn’t long before Loire’s wines had become the most highly esteemed wines in France and the UK. Although Bordeaux and Burgundy may have overtaken the Loire in the wine fame stakes, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé’s strikingly flinty, gooseberry and grapefruit laced whites are some of the most sought after wines in the world. But, there’s more to the Loire than just these two…

While Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé may have rested on their laurels and rising demand, content to flex their steely Sauvignon Blanc muscles, quietly behind them regions like Cheverny (who throw a little Chardonnay into the mix), Menetou-Salon and Reuilly have been working out and beefing up. Without the weight of a famous name to propel them forward, these regions rely on their outstanding quality and value for money. This is exactly what Oddbins is all about, so we’re only too happy to help them out… explore these lesser known regions and you’ll see what we mean.

But it isn’t just Sauvignon Blanc, the Loire has strength in depth, it also excels in elegant rosé, lighter reds, fizz, unctuous dessert wines and spectacular Chenin Blanc, which we feel is one of the world’s most versatile and underrated grape varieties. Even Muscadet is beginning to shake off its unfashionable reputation, proving that sometimes the simple things in life are the best.

Although the 2012 vintage was a testing one, the quality of the dry white wines emerging is very exciting. Maybe they got hold of another glug of Asterix’s magic potion.

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  • Bougrier Anjou Chenin Blanc 2016 Vegetarian White Wine

    Bougrier Anjou Chenin Blanc 2017

    £8.75

    £8.75

    Like the Clan MacLeod in epic 1980s sci-fi/fantasy, Highlander, the Bougrier family have been around for a long time....
  • Bougrier Muscadet 2016 Vegetarian White Wine

    Bougrier Muscadet 2016

    £8.25

    £8.25

    Sometimes in life you just want to keep things simple. Your furniture minimalist, your walls whitewashed, your white...
  • Bougrier Rosé d'Anjou 2016 Vegetarian Wine

    Bougrier Rosé d'Anjou 2017

    £8.75

    £8.75

    Ah, summertime, when the living is easy, fish are jumping and it's time for rose wine - or something along those line...
  • Bougrier Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Vegetarian White Wine

    Bougrier Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    £8.75

    £8.75

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that you have to go to the New World to get really good value in the classic F...
  • Bougrier Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Vegetarian White Wine

    Bougrier Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    £10.00

    £10.00

    The family Bougrier were, by tradition, agricultural scientists. Their incredible achievements include the invention ...
  • Coteaux Du Giennois L'Oselier Sauvignon Blanc 2017 White Wine

    Coteaux Du Giennois L'Oselier Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    £14.50

    £14.50

    The grape vines in the Loire Valley had taken a hiding the last few years. When Mother Nature finished flinging harro...
  • Domaine Joël Delaunay 'L'esprit des Dames' Touraine Chenonceaux Rouge 2014 Vegan Red Wine
    Thierry was often saddened when he saw the ladies in the winery. They looked so drab and miserable, as if their work ...
  • Domaine Joel Delaunay Touraine Gamay 2017 Vegan Red Wine

    Domaine Joël Delaunay Touraine Gamay 2017

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Years ago, Touraine wine was transported from vineyard to market on barges, pulled along the river Loire by patient, ...
  • Les Cabotines Touraine Rosé 2016 Wine

    Les Cabotines Touraine Rosé 2017

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Dry, crisp and delicate, this rosé wine is practically summer in a glass! Exibiting a delightful 'pelure d'oig...
  • Pascal Jolivet Attitude Sauvignon Blanc White Wine

    Pascal Jolivet Attitude Sauvignon Blanc 2013

    £13.00

    £13.00

    'Less is more', the saying goes. But we're not so sure. Is one scoop really better than two? Would we rather a two da...
  • Sancerre Etienne de Loury French White Wine

    Sancerre Etienne de Loury 2017

    £21.00

    £21.00

    All the cognoscente seem to reflect positively on this well-established Loire house. An Oddbins long-stander and a la...
  • Sancerre Rosé Etienne de Loury

    Sancerre Rosé Etienne de Loury 2017

    £20.00

    £20.00

    Deceptively delicate, Etienne de Loury's Sancerre Rosé will blow you clean away with its concentrated, clean red...
  • Touraine Chenonceaux La Voute Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Vegetarian White Wine

    Touraine Chenonceaux La Voûte Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    £16.00

    £16.00

    Usually, with white wine, the grapes are whisked off the skins before fermentation, which otherwise start imparting t...
  • Tydy Sauvignon Blanc French White Wine

    Tydy Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    Now £8.50

    Was £9.75

    £8.50

    Winemaker Thierry Delaunay exemplifies the best of the new generation of French wine makers and, while appreciating t...

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