Loire Valley, France

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LOIRE VALLEY: SIX OF THE BEST WINERIES TO VISIT

☆ ­Domaine Henri Bourgeois, Sancerre

Affable patriarch Jean-Marie Bourgeois has a stake in New Zealand but the real action is in his Loire wines, including Le MD de Bourgeois, from the vertiginous slopes of Les Monts Damnés.

­☆ ­Le Clos du Tue-Boeuf, Touraine

Brothers Thierry and Jean-Marie Puzelat tend their 10ha biodynamic Cheverny estate and rent further hectares in AC Touraine, for stellar pétillant naturel and superior blends of the Cot grape.

☆ ­­Domaine de la Noblaie, Chinon

Jérôme Billard makes sparkling Touraine, and white and cherry-packed red Chinon, which you can enjoy on picnic tables (bring your own food) beside his vines.

☆ ­Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau, Vouvray

One of Vouvray’s biodynamicists. A Cave Touristique, thanks to its atmospheric cellar, it makes affordable sparkling Vouvray and classy, dry Chenins.

☆ ­Domaine de la Paleine, Saumur

The chic little tasting room, in a riverside village near Saumur, is open daily from 9am to 6pm and offers the full range, from Saumur Rouge to top white, Casta Diva. There’s also a smart apartment to rent above.

☆ ­Domaine de la Butte, Bourgueil

Jacky Blot’s Cabernet Franc is one of the best-rated reds of the Loire. Blot also does a fine Montlouis under his Domaine de la Taille aux Loups label.

Translated by Sylvia Wu / 吴嘉溦

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