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Novelty is an irresistible force. Each year, every wine region gives birth to their new vintage and presents it, barely out of swaddling, to the world. This is the cue for an immediate assertion...

Tags:  Loire, 2013

See this guide to all our autumn collections . We all love Loire wines and would love to see them more widely celebrated. I was sad to see that when I tweeted a link to last...

Tags:  Loire

Courtier Charles Sydney sends the following report on the 2013 harvest in the Loire, written on 17 October.   Looking out of the window at the moment, Phil and I...

Tags:  Loire

This seems a great (northern hemisphere) time of year to focus on the crisp, often underrated and under-examined wines of the Loire Valley and the fragrant, mainly white ones of Alsace. Come...

Tags:  Alsace, Loire

2012  Despite a challenging growing season, 2012 was the year that Muscadet really shone, producing some of the best examples ever. Yields were around half the average, however. Sancerre...

Tags:  Loire

The following 177 wine reviews are in response to the several requests Purple Pagers have made for more coverage of Loire wines - quite rightly since these are such good value, their natural...

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The 2012 harvest is over. A few parcels of Chenin were left hanging out in the Layon (below), waiting for the weather to go cold, sunny and windy but in the end hardly any really sweet wine was...

Tags:  Loire, 2012

Charles (left, clearly enjoying the harvest) and Philippa Sydney, wine brokers in the Loire Valley with a passion for the region and extreme determination to support its wine growers, have sent...

Tags:  2011, Loire, Loire 2011

European vintage reports are now flooding in thick and fast. The following account of the Loire Valley's prospects for 2011 comes from Charles Sydney, who runs a courtier business there with...

Tags:  2011, Loire 2011, Loire

I find myself more excited about the range of wines being made around the world from Sauvignon Blanc grapes than I ever have before. There was a time not that long ago when we seemed to have...

As has been remarked on our Members' forum recently, the Loire is a seriously underestimated source of wonderful wine - especially nowadays. Chinon-based wine broker (and talented amateur...

Tags:  Loire 2010, Loire

From £13.75, $19.99 Find this wine There are definitely fashions in grape varieties, which makes life very difficult for grape growers since it can take a good three years after...

Tags:  Loire

I tasted these wines blind in the cellars of Buckingham Palace recently. They had been submitted as possible purchases for Her Majesty's dining table by wine merchants with a royal warrant and a...

Tags:  Loire

Charles and Philippa Sydney, boundlessly enthusiastic and highly successful courtiers (brokers) for Loire wines, based in Chinon, have sent us their preliminary, pre-fermentation report on the...

Tags:  Loire, 2010

Over the past 30 years during which I initially bought, sold and highly recommended the extremely food-friendly wines of the Loire valley as a restaurateur and then subsequently enjoyed them as...

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