Pays Nantais > 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.
- 220 hectares / 544 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.
- 16,000 hl / 422,675 gallons
- 60 hl/ha red
- 65 hl/ha white and rosé
- Red and Rosé: Gamay, Cabernet Franc
- 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.