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The Loire River is the longest river in France and the vineyards that lie along its banks comprise the Loire Valley wine region. France's third largest wine region is home to a collection of grapes, soils, and styles with not much in common aside from a cool climate provided by the northerly latitude. The Loire is best known for its classic expressions of both dry and sweet white wines as well as dry, relatively light-bodied reds.
Chenin Blanc is a non-aromatic variety with medium to full body, high acid, and the ability to produce dry, sweet, still, and sparkling wines. The greatest wines come from the , particularly the sub-regions of and where the highest-quality versions have the ability to age for decades in bottle.
The best site for Chenin Blanc in Touraine is , where still and sparkling wines are produced in both dry and sweet styles. A cool climate and clay soils mean grapes do not fully ripen, and the wines are light to medium in body with fresh fruit and floral notes. Look to for beautiful wines of this style.
The best sites for Chenin Blanc in are and . Grapes in Savennières are harvested late, producing full-bodied, complex, dry wines. Coteaux du Layon is located in the sheltered valley of the River Layon. Noble rot thrives in this environment, and the wines from these sites are sweet, displaying flavors of apricot and citrus peel with aromas of honey, toast, and hay developing with age. The best examples of these wines come from for dry wines and for sweet wines.
Chenin Blanc pairs well with sweet and sour foods, especially Southeast Asian cuisine, as well as fish, turkey, soft cheeses, and squash.
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