Beginning at the estuary of Nantes and ending at the village of Ingrandes, this part of the Loire region is reputed for being the kingdom of the Muscadet. With the melon de Bourgogne as the main grape, the Muscadet was not very famous before the 1970’s. But now, since the good chefs decided to award it as THE wine to pair with oysters or other seafood, the wine has become worldly famous.
The little saline character of the Muscadet matches very well with the iodic aspect of the seafood. Additionally, reputed seafood is breed not far from the Muscadet region. Go on the coastline and taste this perfect pairing with a view on the sea. Most of the wines are vinified on lies. But more and more players of the region are fighting to obtain more complex wines with similar methods as Burgundy. This is always the beginning of the great road to success and fine wines.
The Anjou region is not only representing the Anjou appellation. As a famous partner, Saumur is playing a very good role. These appellations are synonym of Chenin blanc, here called Pineau de Loire. Before known worldwide for its sweet wines, the region produces incredible dry wines for a while now. It can last for a long time in your cellar. The Coteaux-du-Layon with Quarts-de-Chaume and Bournezaux are a great example of what can age well in your cellar. Savennières, an appellation located at the north of the Loire river, is oriented to the south, which gives very good dry white wines. And this can last in cellar too.
The Anjou AOC (appellation with controlled origin) is historically the finest appellation of the region for its sweet wines. But now, it also produces some gems in terms of dry white wines. The cabernet franc is dominating the valley for the reds and rosé and Anjou produces great wines in the region. The Saumur AOC is reputed for its 3 types of wine. With a consequent acidity, the players of the region understood that it could be worked as the Champagne. And tasty wines are emerging from these players. Ageing in the tuffeau lime stone cellars, you can find high quality wines.