Anyone who does not like wine knows the Loire Valley for its fairytale castles, but sommeliers and winelovers know that it is also an absolutely magical place for important wines, even those destined for long bottle ageing. Every year, the Sommelier Suite editorial team tastes all the Loire wines at Paris Wine Expo and looking forward to the next edition - to be held 12 to 15 February 2024 - Here are the tasting notes of the 14 most popular wines from these areas from the 2023 edition.

Loire wines

The Loire Valley is a wine paradise for all sommeliers and wine lovers sauvignon blanc (Sancerre AOC and Pouilly-Fumé AOC) and the cabernet franc (Chinon AOC, Samour AOC, Borgueil AOC...). Other grape varieties are cultivated with great results and among them is the chenin blancfrom which the precious sweet wines of the Vouvray AOC and the melon de Bourgogne of Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine AOC.

Loire wine tasting #1: Ludovic Thermeau | "Domaine des Bénédictins" Samour puy Notre Dame AOC 2020 ❤️❤️

100% cabernet franc | aging potential: 15 years | online price: 11 €

It has an almost impenetrable, consistent ruby red colour. The nose is intense, vinous, spicy, with the pleasant green pepper note characteristic of cabernet franc and a delicate tomato leaf. In the mouth it is consistent, fresh, acidic, tannic and structured, with a long finish of green pepper.

Wines of the loire saumur

Loire wine tasting #2: Clement | "Clos de barres" Menetou-Salon AOC Blanc 2020 ❤️❤️

100% sauvignon blanc | ageing potential: 10 years | online price: 18 €

It is pale straw yellow, brilliant and consistent. On the nose are delicate notes of vanilla, white chocolate and candied citron. In the mouth it is consistent, fresh, savoury, warm and structured. Long sip of vanilla and citrus fruits.

Loire clement wines

Loire wine tasting #3: Domaine des Pierrettes | Sauvignon sulphite-free 2020

100% sauvignon blanc | ageing potential: 5 years | online price: 23 €

It is pale straw yellow, consistent. The nose is elegant, fine and rich in citrus notes. In the mouth it is consistent, fresh and structured.

Loire wines Domaine des pierrettes sauvignon

Loire wine tasting #4: Domaine des Pierrettes | "Rédeption Touraine AOC Malbec 2020 ❤️

100% malbec | ageing potential: 10 years | online price: 11 €

It has an almost impenetrable, consistent ruby red colour. The nose is delicately vinous with notes of cherry and vanilla. In the mouth it is consistent, fresh, fairly tannic and very drinkable. An already enjoyable wine that does not want to be kept waiting too long.

Red Loire wines

Loire wine tasting #5: Domaine La tour Beaumont | Sauvignon blanc 2022

100% sauvignon blanc | ageing potential: 5 years | online price: 13 €

It is pale straw yellow and bright, consistent. On the nose you can smell the characteristic notes of sauvignon blanc, not too pronounced, but quite intense. In the mouth, it is consistent, fresh, savoury, but a little too much pseudo-caloric.

Loire sauvignon blanc wines

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Loire wine tasting #6: Domaine La tour Beaumont | Haut-Poitou AOC Cabernet Franc 2022 ++

100% cabernet franc | ageing potential: | online price: 10 €

It is transparent ruby red with purplish highlights at the edges. The nose is characteristic of cabernet franc with herbaceous and green pepper notes. In the mouth it is consistent, fresh, tannic, warm and with a long herbaceous finish.

Loire red wine

Loire wine tasting #7: Chateau de Passavant | 'Farret de Montchenin' Anjou AOC 2018

100% chenin blanc | 14 months barrique | ageing potential: 10 years | online price: 24 €

It is pale straw yellow and brilliant, consistent. The nose is delicate and pleasant with warm spicy, white peach and pastry notes. In the mouth it is fresh, quite savoury, structured and with a long vanilla finish.

Wines of the Loire Anjou 2018

Loire wine tasting #8: Domaine du Borgeais | Le Grand Clos Muscadet Sèvre et Maine AOC Sur Lie 2021 ❤️

100 % Melon de Bourgogne | 65-year-old vines | ageing potential: 5 years | online price: 21 €

It is a brilliant pale straw yellow, consistent. The nose is delicately perfumed with floral and white peach notes. In the mouth it is fresh, savoury, consistent and structured.

Le grand clos wines of the loire

Loire wine tasting #9: Domaine de Borgeis | 'Symphonie 1 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine AOC Sur Lie 2021

Grape variety: 100 % Melon de Bourgogne | 50-year-old vines | Ageing potential 10-15 years

It is a brilliant pale straw yellow, consistent. The nose is fine and elegant with notes of candied pear, white peach and rennet apple. In the mouth it is fresh, savoury, structured and very drinkable.

Loire wine tasting #10: Domaine de Bourgeais | "Cru La Haye Fouassiere" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine AOC 2019 ❤️

Grape variety: 100 % Melon de Bourgogne | 60-year-old vines | Ageing potential 15-20 years

It is bright straw yellow, consistent. The nose is intense and pleasant with floral and white peach notes, but much more defined and concentrated than previous wines. In the mouth it is very fresh, soft, structured, savoury and with a long smoky finish.

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Loire wine tasting #11: Domaine du Bourgeais | "l'alto" Muscadet Sèvre te Maine AOC Sur Lie 2020 ❤️

Grape variety: 100 % Melon de Bourgogne | 50-year-old vines | Ageing potential 10 years

It is bright straw yellow, consistent. The nose is very intense with notes of vanilla, coconut. In the mouth it is consistent, very fresh, with a very present but harmonious and well-blended wood. It is enriched by a lingering note of caramelised figs on the long finish.

Loire wine tasting #12: Serge Dagueneau | Puilly Fume 2021 tradition

100% sauvignon blanc | ageing potential: 15 years | online price: 30 €

It is pale straw yellow and brilliant. The nose is elegant with pleasant spicy notes. In the mouth it is fresh, savoury, consistent, structured and with a fairly long finish.

Loire tradition wines

Loire wine tasting #13: Serge Dagueneau | Les Chaudoux Pouilly Fume 2021 ❤️

100% sauvignon blanc | ageing potential: 15-20 years | online price: 40 €

It is pale straw yellow and brilliant. The nose is very spicy with notes of white pepper and pink pepper. In the mouth it is fresh, savoury, consistent and with a long finish reminiscent of incense.

Loire pouilly fume wines

Loire wine tasting #14: Serge Dagueneau | la leontine 2019 ❤️++

100% sauvignon blanc | ageing potential: 15-20 years | online price: 75 €

It is bright straw yellow, consistent. The nose is very woody and less characteristic as Pouilly Fumé, but it is still very pleasant because it is very balanced. Long finish of spices and vanilla.

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