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The appellations

From Villiers-sur-Loir to Château-du-Loir, south-facing vineyards produce the best from their grape varieties. Coteaux du Vendômois, Coteaux du Loir and Jasnières reveal remarkable talents, with a palette ranging from white to red via ‘gris’ (grey) and rosé. The reds, produced from grape variety Pineau d’Aunis, are light but full of character, with spicy notes; they can be drunk chilled or at room temperature. The whites, from the grape variety chenin blanc (or Pineau de la Loire), develop an exceptional flavour from the time of harvesting, often becoming great wines for ageing. They can be recognised for their flintstone taste, also known as “gun-flint”, acquired in the unique soil of the region.

 

Three Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée : A geographically designated region from which a wine's grapes originate.

  • Le Jasnières: (AOC in 1937),
  • Le Coteaux du Loir: (AOC since 1948),
  • Les coteaux du Vendômois (AOC in 2001)

 

Noble grape varieties

Pineau d’Aunis

Pineau d’Aunis is a red grape variety with a light -red delicate juice producing fine wines. Originally from Anjou, it has been cultivated on our hillsides for more than 1000 years.

 

Chenin or Pineau de la Loire

Chenin or Pineau de la Loire is an old Anjou grape variety, planted in the Loir Valley whose climate suits it perfectly. It produces the great white wines of the Loir Valley; fruity with a generous bouquet, these are excellent wines for ageing. It can also be used to produce dry, medium dry and sweet wines, depending on the vintage.

 

Red Wines

Coteaux du Vendômois is produced by blending three grape varieties: Pineau d’Aunis, Cabernet and Pinot Noir. Another red wine to discover is the 100% Pineau d’Aunis, with its peppery notes expressing the full specificity of the appellation.

With a ruby robe, red Coteaux du Loir wines offer a complex aromatic palette, generally dominated by spicy notes associated with aromas of very ripe red berries.

 

White Wines

  • Coteaux du Vendômois, a dry wine made from Chenin, characterised by its flinty taste, acquired in the unique flint and clay soil of the region.
  • Jasnières and Coteaux du Loir are most often dry or medium dry and in this case the word ‘sec’ (dry) must figure on the label

 

Grey Wines

"Gris" (light rosé) Coteaux du Vendômois wine is produced by directly pressing Pineau d’Aunis grapes, giving it its pale, rose- petal hue, slightly peppery taste and the mineral notes so typical of Vendômois wines.

 

Fine Wines

Jasnières declared to be “one of the finest wines in the world three times a century” by Curnonsky, the ‘Prince of Gastronomes’, has the most remarkable capacity for ageing over several decades.