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Loire Pinot Noir

Fresh red fruit with herby hint and vibrant character.

Pinot Noir from the Loire Valley mostly grows in the chilly eastern end of the region which turns out light, tart reds. Red cherry and raspberry are the stand-out aromas and flavors along with gentle pleasing herbal notes plus a lively feel in an elegant structure. This gently spicy red is perfect chilled and matches light meat and vegetable dishes.

Pinot Noir has significantly lower plantings in the Loire Valley compared to other French and world regions but what it lacks in quality, it makes up for in freshness and versatility. This grape favors the cool Sancerre and Menetou-Salon vineyards in the east and it also appears in lesser amounts in the center of the region. The main challenges Loire vintners face with this variety is teasing enough color out of the grapes and curbing its high acidity, and they’ve adapted winery techniques to tackle both. It may not have the deep core of its cousins in Burgundy or California, but Loire Pinot Noir is a food-friendly red or aperitif that’s worth a sip.

Fun Fact: The Loire Valley isn’t just known for its broad range of quality wines. It’s so packed with breathtaking castles that wine tours and visits to these historic buildings go hand-in-hand.

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