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1

What are the four sub-regions of the Loire from east to west?

Central vineyards

Touraine

Anjou Saumur

Nantais

2

What is the regional generic appellation covering the whole of the Loire?

There isn't one

3

What is the IGP that covers the Loire?

Val de Loire

4

Describe Val de Loire wines

Straightforward wines with freshness, light body and simple fruit flavours

5

What is the climate of the Loire?

Cool Continental inland Maritime in the Nantais

6

What's the climate like in Anjou? Why?

Slightly warmer and drier than might be expected Protected by Mauges hills Some vineyards are warmed by stony soils

7

What's the climate of Touraine?

Wetter and cooler than Anjou, with clay soils

8

Why is vintage important in Loire?

Weather varies wildly in the region

9

What is a particular issue related to the weather in Loire?

Fungal disease caused by rain

10

Describe the best vineyards in the Loire

They are south facing, mid-slope and often facing the river for reflected light and heat

11

How many grape varieties are permitted in the Loire?

Many

12

What are the main grape varieties of the Loire?

Sauvignon Blanc Chenin Blanc Melon Blanc Cabernet Franc

13

Where in the Loire is Sauvignon Blanc mostly grown?

Central Vineyards

Touraine

14

Which area of the Loire has the smallest production area?

Central Vineyards

15

What appellations are found within the Central Vineyards?

Sancerre Pouilly-Fumé

16

What are the soils of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé like?

Chalky Well-drained Stony

17

What are the wines of Central Vineyards like?

Dry

High acidity

Hints of green apple and wet stone

Subtle smoky notes from Pouilly-Fumé

18

Name a village and a vineyard in Sancerre, noted for particularly expressive wines

Chavignol Les Monts Damnés

19

How long can wines from Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé be aged?

Generally they're not designed to be

20

How are fresh, fruity wines created in the Loire?

Gentle pneumatic pressing Temperature controlled, stainless steel vats

21

How are certain Loire wines given a broader texture?

Wines are fermented and matured in old oak vessels Wines are kept on their lees

22

Is new oak used in the Loire?

By some producers

23

Does MLF take place in the Loire?

Dependent on vintage (cooler weather produces a greater need due to higher acidity)

24

What is the most important appellation to the west and south of Sancerre?

Menetou-Salon

25

What is the grape used in Menetou-Salon?

Sauvignon Blanc

26

How are the vineyards to the south and east of Sancerre located?

On the tributaries of the Loire

27

What are the wines of Menetou-Salon like?

More moderately priced wines made in the same style as Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé

28

Where does the majority of Sauvignon Blanc come from in the Loire?

Touraine

29

What is the next region west of Menetou Salon? What is produced here?

Touraine Sauvignon Blanc Chenin Blanc

30

What is the generic appellation covering Touraine?

Touraine