The Loire Valley

A.C. Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine

Muscadet

> Chéreau Carré

At the western end of the Loire Valley, where the river meets the ocean, you'll find the region known as Muscadet. The wines produced here are known for their minerality, salinity, low alcohol, and the light and crisp flavors that make them an ideal pairing for local seafood. The largest and most famous appellation within Muscadet is Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine. This appellation is named for the two rivers that run through it: the Sèvre and the Maine. Soil is the defining characteristic of Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine: sand, limestone and schist dominate the landscape.

A.O.C. Sancerre

Sancerre

> Patrick Noël

Sancerre’s fame comes from being the quintessential Parisian bistro white. Located 200km south of the capital, this hilly wine region is in something of a rain shadow and is protected from the harsher winds. The overall climate is semi-continental, but the presence of the nearby Loire river and the numerous hills and valleys create a host of microclimates. These hills are often quite steep, and vines are planted from 250 to 400m elevations. There are three distinct soil types in Sancerre: silex (flint), caillottes and griottes (gravelly limestone), and terres blanches (limestone and clay). The vast majority of the wines are whites made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape, while smaller quantities of red and rosé are made from Pinot Noir.