Category Archives: Loire

Barton & Guestier Vouvray

I cycled through Vouvray last summer on my way along the Loire, so I developed an affection for it. I was surprised to find a bottle in an American supermarket for under $10. That’s a fiver, and it’s travelled thousands of miles. For the money, I didn’t expect much, but picked up a bottle of… Read More »


Having cycled through Sauvignon Blanc country for days, arriving in Vouvray gave me a chance to switch to Chenin Blanc for a day. It’s not my favourite variety, but change is good. I had a 2003 Dominique Baud Vouvray this week from Majestic. It was a rich golden yellow with good legs. It smelled of… Read More »

JP Chenet ‘Terroirs’

JP Chenet is an interesting brand. It’s worked hard to promote French wine outside France, waving goodbye to Piat D’Or in the rearview mirror of their sales figures as it became the world’s best selling French wine brand. Largely they’ve done this by having a slightly silly bottle, varietal labelling, economy pricing and supermarket friendly… Read More »

Champteloup Rose

I spotted a wine in a Spar shop attached to a petrol station, admittedly not normally my first choice wine merchant, but it was Champteloup Rose 2004 from the Loire valley. We’d cycled to Chanteloup, taking a reasonable detour from the river, on the way from Chambord to Tours. It’s a French folly, a Chinese… Read More »