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Wine tasting on a Sunday in the Loire – Chateau des Vaults

Ok, so you’re staying in Angers in the Loire and you love wine and you think ‘right, it’s Sunday tomorrow, let’s go wine tasting’.

Frost damage in the Loire 2017

Sadly I have to report that after an extraordinarily difficult year in 2016 due to frost, the Loire has yet again been hit hard in 2017.

Pithon-Paillé

2016 turned out to be a very tricky year for them with miniscule yeilds of around 6hl/ha.

Why is pruning so important?

There are different ways to prune vines. Here in the Loire in Anjou we see a lot of Single Guyot and Double Guyot pruning, a cane replacement system.

Pruning in the Loire valley

Pruning in the Loire valley

What is bâtonnage?

Bâttonage is the French word for stirring the ‘lees’

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Loire Valley

A few things that you might not know about the Loire valley.

Domaine Ogereau

The wines from Domaine Ogereau in Anjou were tasting fantastic when we visited last week

A new estate in Anjou – Domäne Vincendeau

Close to the banks of the Loire and overlooking the small island of Behuard, Liv Domäne has found a delightful spot to base herself and her winery.

Leduc-Frouin Coteaux du Layon 1976

Antoine carefully removed the cork and checked the wine. It was perfect – a beautiful golden colour but still crystal clear gleaming in the glass.