The Loire is like the spiritual home of natural wine, where the rules are the most relaxed and where the widest variety of grapes are permitted to be grown. It’s the home of the pet nat (short for petillant naturel, which means naturally sparkling), the home of the mighty sauvingnon blanc and chenin blanc (complex tropical & orchard fruit flavours which are also great at conveying terroir or a sense of place), as well as light and fruity, simple, rustic and good value reds.
Domaine Catherine & Pierre Breton, Vouvray brut Dilettante 2018, Vouvray (this sparkling Vouvray is the quintessential Loire valley pet nat. Cloudy and vinous but approachable and lots of fun.)
Jo Landron, Melonix 2018 Muscadet (a good muscadet is a timeless pleasure and this is an example from one of our favourite producers in that region. From 40 year old vines, bottled without fining or filtration having been aged on the fine lees for twelve months. The wine is floral, mineral, clean and crisp.
Domaine des Roches Neuves, Saumur-champigny (Saumur Champigny) (Amazing expression of cabernet franc, the dominant grape in some of the most expensive Bordeaux wines in the world, but who needs them when you have a wine like this.)