Pays Nantais > Coteaux d’Ancenis
Appellation Coteaux d’Ancenis
This small region centered on the historic town Ancenis primarily produces refreshing rosé and light-bodied red wines. The region embraces this historic name Malvoisie for the aromatic white wines it produces from Pinot Gris grapes.
Location: The Coteaux d’Ancenis is located on both sides of the Loire east of Nantes, covering a dozen communes in the Loire-Atlantique and Maine et Loire departments.
Surface Area: 200 hectares / 494 acres
Soil: Like much of the Nantes region, the soil is predominately mica schist and greenstone.
Climate: A temperate, maritime climate, Coteaux d’Ancenis gets significantly less rainfall than most of the vineyards in Nantes.
Annual Production: 10,000 hl / 264,172 gallons
60 hl/ha red
50 hl/ha white
50 hl/ha rosé
Red and Rosé: Gamay
White: Pinot Gris (aka Malvoisie)
Growing/Production Practices: Approximate density 7,000 vines/hectare with single Guyot pruning.
Appearance: Pale straw yellow
Nose: Refreshing ripe fruit notes
Flavors: Medium-bodied with soft fruit and floral flavors; some whites are made in a medium-sweet style
Appearance: Pale ruby red
Nose: Notes of cherry and red berries
Flavors: Light to medium bodied with brambly fruit and cherry flavors and moderate tannins.
Appearance: Pale pink
Nose: Strawberry, red berry notes
Flavors: Fresh and fruity with lively acidity.
Medium-sweet whites are excellent partners for fried hors d’oeuvres as well as fruity desserts.
Pair red and rosé Coteaux d’Ancensis with turkey burgers, seared duck breast with blood orange and star anise or chilled red pepper soup.