The rich lore of the Loire

The waters of France’s longest river are inextricably tied in with the rise, fall and rise again of Sancerre’s great white wines

14th May, 2017
A vineyard in the hilltop village of Sancerre in the Loire Valley

The great white wines of Sancerre and its near neighbours owe as much to military history as they do to unique soils. The river Loire is over 1,100km in length; if it had its source in Dublin, you could sail on it all the way to Frankfurt in Germany, or indeed (from a wine lover’s perspective) all the way to Bordeaux. It is a vast, wild and variable river, navigable for long parts, prone to...

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