Centre-Loire > Orléans
Location: This region extends on both sides of the Loire River. The Sologne forest is its southern border, while the Beauce planteau and ponds of Dry and Lailly demarcate its northern and western edges. AOC Orléans covers thirteen communes and AOC Orléans-Cleary extends over five communes. While few vineyards remain on the right [south?] bank, six communes (Olivet, St. Hilaire, St. Mesmin, Mareau aux Prés, Mézières les Cléry, and Cléry St André) on the left bank comprise 95% of the vineyards.
- 131 hectares / 324 acres
Soil: The south bank features ancient sand-gravel terraces, while on the northern side the soils are primarily siliceous clay.
Climate: The region has both maritime and continental influences, with average rainfall throughout the year.
- Orléans: 4,380 hl / 115,707 gallons
- Orléans-Cléry: 1,441 hl / 38,067 gallons
- 60 hl/ha white
- 55 hl/ha red and rosé
- White: Chardonnay (aka Auvernat Blanc), Pinot Gris
- Red and Rosé: Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir (aka Auvernat Noir), Cabernet Franc
- Appearance: Pale straw yellow
- Nose: Pleasant notes of fresh, ripe apple and citrus fruits
- Flavors: Fruity and medium-bodied, with moderate acidity
- Appearance: Ruby red or garnet
- Nose: Ripe red cherry and plum, while Cabernet Franc-based wines have a distinct spiciness
- Flavors: Medium-bodied with supple mouth feel, dark fruit and spice notes
- Appearance: Pale salmon pink
- Nose: Fresh aromas of peach and nectarine
- Flavors: Light-bodied with refreshing tart fruit
- Pair white Orléans with Chicken Caesar Salad or Tomato and Zucchini Frittata
- Red and rosé pair well with Poached Salmon or Grilled Chicken Breast with Sautéed Mushrooms