Dan Briggs, Assistant Manager of Majestic Wine Wimbledon, unlocks the incredible value for money to be found in the bountiful Loire Valley.

Loire‘The garden of France’ offers so much in its wine and cuisine – from coastal, seafood-loving Muscadet through to Chinon’s light but often age-worthy reds alongside wild boar. Through all this diversity, the Loire’s marginal climate gives its wines stunning elegance and restraint. Yet for a region producing such excellence, it’s still France’s best-kept secret for wines offering astonishing value for money.

Take Muscadet, the perfect white for summer lunches and al fresco dining. The refreshing offering from Domaine de la Tourmaline has a delicate spritz and notes of lemon sorbet, then leaves that classic varietal salty, mineral tang on the finish. Drink with seafood for a match made in heaven.

LoireThen there’s Guihard’s lively, off-dry Anjou Blanc – all honeysuckle and stone fruit aromas, with nectarines on the honeyed palate offering a cleansing acidity. Perfect on a hot summer’s evening with a whole trout, wrapped in foil with lemon and thyme, straight off the barbecue.

Vouvray is a classic Chenin region, as demonstrated by Paul Buisse’s demi-sec wine, laden with honey notes and autumnal fruits such as ripe red apples. Its delicate sweetness makes it a great match for spicy oriental foods.

For a versatile food wine, try Guihard’s off-dry, salmon-pink Rosé d’Anjou. It has a pleasant prickle on the tongue and, with its abundance of wild strawberries and watermelon, is summer in a glass. Enjoy this with grilled langoustines.

Sauvignon lovers looking for an everyday wine, meet Touraine. This lively, aromatic, grassy Domaine du Pré Baron is at its best with a goat’s cheese salad on a lazy summer’s afternoon.

Vins de Loire logoFinally, some of the Loire’s greatest secrets are its delicate, age-worthy and agreeably priced reds, like this Clos de Danzay Chinon. Behind pencil-lead, liquorice and clove flavours is a riot of juicy raspberries and blackcurrant. An inspired choice with hog roast or even wild boar.

Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2009/10, Domaine de la Tourmaline
£6.99 or £6.49 when you buy 2 bottles

La Grille Cool Fermented Chenin Blanc 2009/10, Gwenaël Guihard, Anjou
£6.99 or £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles

La Grille Vouvray 2009/10, Paul Buisse
£7.99 or £6.49 when you buy 2 bottles

La Grille Rosé d’Anjou 2010, Gwenaël Guihard
£6.99 or £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Sauvignon de Touraine 2009/10, Domaine du Pré Baron
£7.99 or £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Chinon Clos de Danzay 2000, Pierre Jacques Druet
£11.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles

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