The Loire sparkles

Muselets from Loire fizz tasting

The story of Loire sparkling wines is not as simple as it seems.

There is reason, if not justification, behind generalisations. Generalisations help us to rapidly navigate a complex world in which the information available is sketchy, skewed or simply too much. It's a useful, if lazy, crutch that we lean on, repeatedly, when it comes to wine.

Here's a simple example: it's mid week; you need a bottle of sparkling wine (party, celebration, aperitif – we're not talking about cracking open the Krug); there are about 15 bottles of sparkling wine on the supermarket shelf priced between £12 and...