Project Loire – Chenin Blanc

The village of Montsoreau by photographer Stevens Frémont

See this guide to the other instalments in this broad look at current offerings from the Loire Valley. Reds, pinks, sweets and sparklings still to come.

Part three of Project Loire was, unashamedly, my favourite tasting. Chenin is such a beautiful grape. I was even worried about the high percentage of generous scores. This set of tasting notes also turned out to be the hardest one to write an introduction to – in many ways, the wines speak for themselves.

Chenin country, in the Loire, begins on the border of Pays Nantais and Anjou-Saumur (where the photograph above was taken...