Absolute Wine recommends fine local wines of the Central Loire district including:
White (Sauvignon blanc) - the Sauvignon, crisp, fruity yet complex
Red (Pinot noir) - red fruits, first rate-lunch-time drinking
Rosé (Pinot noir) - top flight summer refreshing pink
Pouilly Fumé AOC
White (Sauvignon blanc) - elegant, floral with excellent minerality
Menetou Salon AOC
White (Sauvignon blanc) - apple and citrus notes
Red (Pinot noir) - good acidity and strawberry/cherry notes
Les coteaux Giennois
White (Sauvignon blanc) - surprisingly good standard
Red (Pinot noir) - reliable red
Rosé (Pinot noir) – light and fruity pink
These wines are grown in the area known as the 'Land of Inspiration'. They can fill your glass with a symphony of flavours.
The whites are known for their floral grassy tones (including asparagus) and with crisp fruit character. The wines generally have distinct mineral tones and can be surprisingly complex and rich.
The reds make excellent food wines. They tend to be aromatic with good balance between fruit and acidity.
The roses are fresh and appealing that sing of summer sunshine.
Many wine makers in the Centre Loire have invested heavily in new technology such as temperature controlled stainless steel vats. Vine planting and wine production is strictly limited to maintain high quality.
Yet a range of soil types, different vinification methods and the varied climate mean wines vary with both vintage and domain.
Absolute Wine can guide you through these complexities. But you remain the final arbiter of taste. It is a journey made in a relaxing and unpressured atmosphere.