The Lovely Loire
Sancerre –Pouilly fumé
About a 90 minute drive SW of Paris. A great place to spend a couple of days for lovers of this flinty sauvignon blanc and light fruity pinot noirs.
The sleepy little town of Sancerre perched high above the Loire is a nice base to spend a couple of days exploring this region. Either drive down from Paris or there are easy rail links too. Hotel Panoramic is a good place to sleep and there is a choice of restaurants within walking distance
Over 400 wine producers in the 16 villages that surround Sancerre. Some great characters producing wonderful wines. Lovely villages like Chavignol where you can sample their famous goat cheese (crottins) washed down with wine from the same village. A short drive across the river , same grape variety but the appelation changes to Pouilly Fumé. Definitely worth a half day tasting this side of the river .
From Sancerre an hours drive west via Menetou Salon, Reuilly and Quincy and you get to the Cher river which leads to the wonderfully diverse selection of wines from the Touraine. Light fruity reds and whites using a variety of different grape varieties including cabernet franc, malbec, gamay, sauvignon and chardonnay..to name a few. We always get a warm welcome here and if you are looking for good value, this region is unbeatable. This is also the start of the famous Chateaux region, Chennonceaux being on this river.
Near Tour we are within easy striking distance of the wines from Chinon, Saumur, Bourgueil, Vouvray, Montlouis. Also right amongst the chateaux so lots to do apart from just tasting wine.
A lovely region, well worth a visit for those of you who have not ventured into this lesser known wine region of France. I’d be very happy to put together a circuit for you.
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