: Wines produced

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Of all French wine regions, the Loire produces the greatest diversity of wine styles: from still through all types of sparkling wine, including the generic crémant de Loire; from bone dry and searingly tart to unctuous liquoreux (although still with a high degree of acidity); and all hues from water white to (quite) deep purple. Rosés are a speciality of the Loire, whether the various vins gris made well upstream, the famous Rosé d’Anjou, various pink Cabernets, or the generic rosé de loire. The most common igp wine produced in the Loire is known as Val de Loire.