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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 Sancerre 2016 Vegetarian White Wine

    Bougrier Sancerre 2018

    £17.00

    £17.00

    This wine is so fist-thumpingly fresh, so buttock-clenchingly minerally, so eye-poppingly citrusy that, if you try it...
  • Bougrier Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Vegetarian White Wine

    Bougrier Sauvignon Blanc 2018

    £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...
  • Chateau de la Roulerie Anjou Chenin Blanc Wine France

    Château de la Roulerie Anjou Chenin Blanc 2018

    £11.00

    £11.00

    Steeped in exciting history, this wine is like a really good Brontë novel, or maybe a Dan Brown. Dating way back...
  • Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-sec 2015

    Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec 2016

    £34.00

    £34.00

    Limestone isn't just good for building things with, it can also be great for growing stuff in too! Especially grapes....
  • Domaine Joel Delaunay Touraine Gamay 2018 Vegan Red Wine

    Domaine Joël Delaunay Touraine Gamay 2018

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Years ago, Touraine wine was transported from vineyard to market on barges, pulled along the river Loire by patient, ...
  • Menetou Salon Henry Pellé 'Les Bornés' Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Vegetarian White Wine
    From the producer who almost single-handedly put Menetou-Salon on the map as a serious competitor to its big-name nei...
  • 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...
  • Pouilly-Fumé Petit Fumé 2017 White Wine

    Pouilly-Fumé Petit Fumé 2017

    £18.50

    £18.50

    This is called ""Petit"" Fumé but it is anything but a ""petit vin"". This comes as no surprise, as Sebastien Red...
  • Tydy Sauvignon Blanc French White Wine

    Tydy Sauvignon Blanc 2018

    Now £9.00

    Was £10.50

    £9.00

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

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