A LOOK BACK AT VAL DE LOIRE MILLESIME 2019

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3 whole days, devoted to tasting the latest vintages and exploring the Loire Valley vineyards! A great opportunity to meet international wine writers and journalists at the heart of the Nantes vineyards, our westernmost winegrowing region.

OPENING EVENT: A WARM WELCOME

After so many hours on the road, our guests were glad to ditch their suitcases and join our first event, where they were warmly welcomed by InterLoire President, Jean-Martin Dutour. Everyone enjoyed an aperitif and nibbles before embarking on the serious business of exploring the glorious scents and flavours of the great Loire white wine brands, paired with a range of delicious verrines (shot-glass appetisers). Venue: aboard the Bateau Lavoir on the Erdre.

Soirée sur le Bateau Lavoir à Nantes

 

DAY 1: THE LATEST VINTAGE AND A TASTE OF THE SEA

To kick-start the first day, guests attended a masterclass and guided tasting to learn about the latest vintage.

Dégustation commentée du millésime 2018

In the afternoon we headed off to the ocean to discover the wines of Nantes, from Gros-Plant-du-Pays-Nantais to the Muscadet Crus. And where better to taste them than at an oyster-bed – or foraging on the beach for shellfish? Salty air and seaside flavours guaranteed!

Dégustation de muscadets sur l'Estran

The day finished with a tribute to Nantes wines – a stylish event featuring elegant wine and seafood pairings courtesy of Michelin-starred chef Mathieu Gilbert. The winegrowers joined us for the evening.

Soirée Muscadet avec le Chef étoilé Mathieu Guibert

 

DAY 2: CHENIN AND CABERNET

Day 2 began with a 100% Chenin masterclass, followed by themed tastings of Saumur reds and Loire Valley IGP Chardonnays.

To Savennières next, for lunch in the vineyards followed by an exclusive tour of Coulée de Serrant, between the Loire and the hillsides, where the Loire Valley’s most noble varietal is showcased to its best advantage.  

Au cœur du Vignoble de Savennières

Saumur Champigny reds were the focus for this evening’s event – paired with delicious foods and served in a fun, friendly atmosphere.

Les vignerons de Saumur-Champigny lors de la soirée Val de Loire Millésim

 

DAY 3: CELEBRATING DIVERSITY

This morning, our guests attended a Côt masterclass hosted by Raimonds Tomsons, winner of the Best Sommelier of Europe title 2017, who gave a fascinating introduction to our themed tastings of Touraine, Vouvray and the rosés of Anjou.

Master Class animée en exclu par Raimonds Tomsons

After lunch with the winegrowers whose wines we had been tasting, we headed off to Clisson, a mediaeval city reminiscent of a Tuscan village. A walk through the vineyards led us to our next destination – a tasting of reds, whites and rosés made from classic Loire varietals including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Fié Gris.

Dégustation de vins IGP Val de Loire

Our last evening centred on 14 of the Loire Valley’s most prestigious Domaines, their wines paired with a range of foods. This time we were in the heart of the city, in the warm, friendly setting of B2M.

Soirée exceptionnel au B2M

And so the 3rd edition of Val de Loire Millésime came to a close. Follow our adventures on #VALDELOIREMILLESIME

See you next year  !

 

 

 

 

 

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