Loire Vouvray 2017 Vintage Tasting

2017 has ended up being an exceptionally good vintage in terms of quality. Across the length of the Loire, we have been blessed with quality wines exhibiting ripeness, concentration, depth, complexity and wonderful freshness. JANCIS ROBINSON

Philippe Foreau and the Domaine du Clos Naudin are well known for the purity and extreme longevity of the wines produced there. Foreau cultivates a total of 11.5 hectares of vines of which all are dedicated to Chenin Blanc. his wines are style-forming pure and fresh and gain complexity the more years they are allowed to age. STEPHAN REINHARDT

No matter what the vintage or the wine style (including sparkling), the quality [chez Domaine Huet] is always extraordinary and clearly reflects the excellence of their terroirs. The chiseled, contoured mouthfeel and precise minerality are unique in the Loire. LA REVUE DU VIN DE FRANCE

Vouvray sits just 10 kilometres east of Tours, starting on the northern edges of the majestic Loire river. The historic castles and architecture here are fairytale like. Many of which are made from the limestone rich, chalky Tuffeau stone, carved from the regions ground. This created many kilometres of tunnels that formed troglodyte cellars.

The appellations wines are made exclusively from Chenin Blanc and are generally more broadly structured and generous renditions of this multifaceted grape. Our Saturday tasting this week has cobbled together a selection of the regions best producers to compare what is equally a stunning vintage for the Loire Valleys whites. On taste will be wines from stalwart favourites Marc Bredif, Pichot alongside icons like Huet, Francois Chidaine & Clos Naudin.