In The World Atlas of Wine, Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson note that, despite its diversity, there are commonalities in Loire region offerings. “Complex and varied, the wine-growing regions of the Loire Valley can nonetheless be united on a single map. Though it’s at a distance from other French wine-growing regions, and though the Loire region itself is differentiated because of its climate, terroir and traditions, and even though there are but four or five major grape varieties, there is something of a unifying factor. The wines are light and refreshing, with palpable acidity; ‘charming’ is often the adjective used to describe them.”
That description is rather apt; freshness is certainly a proverbial stamp on wines from this region, whether dry or sweet. In fact, it’s what fans of Rosé d’Anjou particularly love about the product: a refreshing and fruity profile so typical of this semi-dry rosé. The energy and nerviness of Loire wines make them easy and enjoyable to drink. However, if you’re looking for reds with jammy red-fruit notes and robustness, or whites with rich, tropical aromas, you might do well to look elsewhere.
That said, Val de Loire wines can also have impressive depth and longevity — in that respect, they rival fellow bottles from the rest of France. Even Muscadet — the epitome of a light, easy-drinking wine — can also produce vintages that feature exceptional depth and freshness when aged 15 to 20 years. The same goes for Cabernet Franc bottles from Saumur or Chinon, which age fantastically well. In all cases, however, the acidity and structure lent to these wines by their climate goes a long way to explaining the aging potential and complexity of the vintages in question.