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Anjou Villages Brissac

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Appellations Anjou-Villages, Anjou-Villages Brissac

A selection of the best vineyard parcels within the larger Anjou AOC, these two appellations specialize in savory Cabernet Franc-based wines that improve with 4-6 years of bottle age.

Vineyard

Location: This appellation covers 43 communes in Maine-et-Loire and 3 in Deux-Sèvres. The area encompasses the AOC Coteaux du Layon, Anjou Coteaux de la Loire and Savennièrres, as well as some adjoining communes. Anjou-Villages Brissac includes 10 communes in Maine-et-Loire and corresponds to the Coteaux de l’Aubance geographic area.

Surface Area:

  • Anjou-Villages: 200 hectares / 494 acres
  • Anjou-Villages Brissac: 85 hectares / 210 acres

Soil: The vines grow on schist with gravel covering in some areas.

Climate: A temperate maritime climate, particularly dry over Anjou-Villages Brissac.

Wine

Annual Production:

  • Approximately 8,500 hl / 224,546 gallons

Yield:

  • 55 hl/ha

Grape Varieties:

  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

Growing/Production Practices: Density 4,100 vines/hectare. Single or double Guyot pruning is used. Anjou-Villages Brissac: Special checks are done on production conditions. The wine can only be bottled from September 1st in the year following harvest.

Tasting Notes

Anjou-Villages

  • Appearance: Deep ruby red
  • Nose: Soft red fruit aromas with iris and violet notes, developing into forest floor and dark berries with maturity
  • Flavors: Fuller-bodied and meaty with fine tannins and berry flavors

Anjou-Villages Brissac

  • Appearance: Dark garnet or ruby red
  • Nose: Liquorice and dark berry aromas develop into leather with age
  • Flavors: Fuller-bodied with dark fruit flavors and firmer tannins and finesse

Food Pairings

  • Braised veal shank/Osso Buco
  • Casserole of mushrooms and roasted vegetables
  • Steak fajitas
 
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