The beautiful Loire Valley has been home to winemaking since the 4th Century, the region being the ancestral home the two enormously important white grapes- Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc. The Pierre Chainier house has long winemaking roots reaching back to the 1700s in Bordeaux, and by comparison a recent newcomer to the Loire in the 1970s. They now control 250 hectares of vines spanning the entire Loire region, from Muscadet to Sancerre with varied individual terroir from the chalky limestone of the Paris basin, to the flinty clay soils of the Cher Valley.
French Sauvignon Blanc is different to local New Zealand juice, with a more pronounced minerality and less of the "cats pee on a gooseberry bush" and the Touraine regional wines are starting to gain acclaim for their quality and value - in some cases eclipsing the more famous Sancerre and Pouilly Fume.
|Rolling vineyards of the Loire.||The vineyard estates of Pierre Chainier|
Softer style of Sauvignon Blanc to traditional NZ Sav.
Feminine style of Sauvignon Blanc with cut grass, citrus and restrained...
Long, racy, and mineral from the Touraine AOC in the Loire Valley France
Sweeter style Chenin Blanc from the Vouvray AOC in the Loire Valley