Not even the February chill could dull my enthusiasm for the 2017 vintage – and expectations were already high after my visit during the harvest, which was all clear sunny skies, long cool evenings and relieved, smiling producers.
Ripeness and freshness sums up the fruits of the 2017 Loire harvest. The reds have delightfully bright, generous fruit, the Muscadets are gorgeous, adaptable and deliciously light and the sauvignons are precise and expressive in this great year. The far reaches of the Loire, with its myriad grape varieties and styles, have plenty to offer too.
I hope our four tempting mixed cases will take you on a tour of this wonderful vintage.