France’s Loire Valley is a real treasure trove of wines that capture the essence of summer.  The whites are fresh, crisp and fruity without being too full – Muscadet, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc are the important white grapes here.  The reds are lighter and have lovely fresh acidity and soft summer fruit flavours.  Pinot Noir from the Loire Valley is a rare summer treat.

Domaine Chauvinière Muscadet sur Lie 2013

Dom De La Chauviniere Muscadet (1/2) 13

£8.99 / €13.69 - 15% Summer Discount £7.64 / €11.64

Crisp, fruity and flavoursome and absolutely ideal with seafood.

Château Gaudrelle Vouvray 2012

Gaudrelle Vouvray 2012

£13.50 / €18.99 - 15% Summer Discount £11.47 / €16.14

Made from Chenin Blanc in an off-dry style.  This gives the wine a little more body and enhances the fruit flavour.  Delicious.

Sancerre Pinard Flores 2012/13

Pinard Sancerre Flores 2013

£18.95 / €25.50 - 15% Summer Discount £16.11 / €21.68

The best Sancerre you have ever tasted?

Domaine Bellevue

Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Bellevue Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Pk6

£8.99 / €13.99 - 15% Summer Discount £7.64 / €11.89

If you love Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and want to dip your toe into the French wines, this is a great place to start.  Touraine wines have a more fruity character than Sancerre or Pouilly Fumé and represent excellent value for money.

Chardonnay 2014

Bellevue Chardonnay 2014 Pk6

£8.99 / €13.99 - 15% Summer Discount £7.64 / €11.89

Incredible value for money and loved by many who think they don’t like Chardonnay.  It’s more fruity than a Chablis with a more intense flavour and is totally unoaked and perfectly dry.