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The 2004 vintage marks a return to normal for the Loire Valley after the extreme heat wave of 2003, which produced an inconsistent group of wines marked by strong reds but flabby whites. The Loire's white wines from 2004 show clear definition and bright minerality, and both of the region's leading white varieties, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc, performed well.
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