AOP/AOC by decree dated April 31st 1937, amended September 22th 2011

Vineyards

Location: This appellation follows the boundaries of the village its vineyards of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil; are planted in the west of Touraine, in a nature reserve on the upper terrace of the Loire’s right bank just below the forest andabove the network of Troglodyte caves. Vineyard area: 1,100 ha. History: Vines have almost certainly been grown in this area since Roman times, but it was not until the founding of the Abbey of Bourgeuil in 990 that the region’s winemaking activity began to flourish in earnest - including in Saint-Nicolas. The Breton grape first made its appearance here in 1152, when Anjou and Aquitaine became united. Soils: The area lies largely on a wide terrace of ancient alluvial deposits with deep soils made up of sand and gravel. Above the terraces, one third of the vineyard extends across a Turonian chalk (tuffeau) slope with a top layer of sand. Climate: The vineyard here overlooks the Loire at the point where it joins the Vienne, widens significantly and allows maritime influences to be felt in full. The climate here is slightly more oceanic than in Bourgueil, but the same woodland slopes protect the more exposed hillsides from north winds.

Wines

Average annual production over the last 5 years:60,800 hl. Reds: 59,900 hl, Rosés: 900 hl. Base yield:55 hl/ha. Varietal: Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon is authorized to 10% of the blend, but is seldom used. Main growing practices:Planting density: 4,500 vines per hectare. Pruning (generally single guyot ) is strictly controlled.  
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Anjou

AOC/AOP by decree dated 31st December 1957, amended 15th November 2011 Vineyard Location The Anjou appellation area extends across 128 communes in Maine-et-Loire, 14 in Deux Sèvres and 9 in…
Red Sparkling White

Anjou Coteaux de la Loire

AOP/AOC by decree dated 26 August 1946, amended 14th November 2011   Vineyards Location: This integral part of the Anjou noir area covers approximately 30 hectares of the south eastern…
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Anjou Villages

AOP/AOC by decree dated 14th October 1987, amended September 9th 2011 Vineyard Location The  appellation  area  extends across  43  communes  in  Maine-et-Loire  and 3 in Deux-Sèvres. The area encompasses the…
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Anjou Villages Brissac

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…
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Bonnezeaux

AOP/AOC by decree dated 6th November 1951, amended 24th October 2011   Vineyard Location The Bonnezeaux appellation lies wit’hin a small part of a single commune – Thouarcé – on…
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Cabernet d’Anjou

AOP/AOC by decree dated 14th November 1936, amended 15th November 2011 Vineyard Location The Cabernet d’Anjou and Rosé d’Anjou appellations overlap with the AOC Anjou area Vineyard area 5,710 ha.…
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Chinon

AOP/AOC by decree dated 31st July 1937, amended 17th August 2016 Vineyards Location: The Chinon appellation encompasses 26 communes on both sides of the Vienne up to the point where…
Red Rosé White

Coteaux de l’Aubance

AOP/AOC by decree dated 18th February 1950, amended 24th October 2011   Vineyards Location: This area was formed as a result of erosion by the Loire and its tributary the…
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Coteaux de Saumur

AOP/AOC by decree dated 21st April 1962, amended 8th June 2011   Vineyards Location: The Coteaux de Saumur vineyards lie along the Cretaceous cuesta on the south western edge of the Paris basin,…
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Coteaux du Layon

AOP/AOC by decree dated 18th February 1950, amended 23rd November 2011   Vineyards Location: The Coteaux du Layon appellation covers an area of 20 communes in Maine et Loire along the…
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Coteaux du Layon 1er Cru Chaume

CF cahier des charges AOP Coteaux du Layon   Vineyards Location: The Premier Cru Chaume appellation area lies within a single commune – Rochefort sur Loire– in the Maine et Loire…
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Coteaux du Layon Villages

Appellations Coteaux du Layon, Coteaux du Layon “Villages” These regions are dedicated exclusively to the production of sweet white wines. While delicious when released, they can age from five years…
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Coteaux du Loir

AOP/AOC by decree dated 12th May 1948, amended 7th October 2011   Vineyards Location: The Coteaux du Loir appellation covers 16 communes in the Sarthe département and 6 in Indre-et-Loire. Vineyard…
Red Rosé White

Coteaux du Vendômois

AOP/AOC by decree dated 2nd May 2001, amended 24th October 2011   Vineyards Location: The Coteaux du Vendômois vineyards lie in the Loir and Cher département in the Loir valley to…
Red Rosé White

Coteaux d’Ancenis

AOP/AOC by decree dated 27th August 1973, amended 7th December 2011 Vineyard Location The Coteaux d’Ancenis  vineyards  lie  on both  sides   of   the   Loire   to   the   East of Nantes, mainly …
Red Rosé White

Coulée de Serrant

AOP/AOC by decree dated 26th August 2015   Vineyards Location: Harvesting, vinification, production and aging all take place within the commune of Savennières in the Maine-et-Loire département. Vineyard area: 7…
White

Crémant de Loire

AOP/AOC by decree dated 17th October 1975, amended 23rd September 2011   Vineyards Location: Crémant de Loire AOP is grown and produced in the same areas as AOP Anjou, Touraine and…
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Crus du Muscadet

Production Specifications for AOP Muscadet Sèvre et Maine The Crus Communaux sit on the top rung of the Muscadet quality ladder. Clisson, Gorges, Le Pallet, Goulaine, Château Thébaud, Monnières Saint-Fiacre…
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Gros Plant du Pays Nantais

  AOP/AOC by decree dated 16th November 2011 Vineyard Location The Gros Plant du Pays Nantais terroir extends across the whole of the Nantais   vineyards,  from   Ancenis    to Pornic. There…
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Haut-Poitou

AOP/AOC by decree dated 22nd September 2011   Vineyards Location: The vineyards extend over 30 communes in the Vienne department and a single one in Deux-Sèvres, growing on an undulating…
Red Rosé White

Jasnières

AOC by decree dated 31st July 1937, amended 17th November 2011   Vineyards Location: The Jasnières appellation extends across two communes in the Sarthe département, Lhomme and Ruillé-sur-Loir. Vineyard Area: 70…
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Muscadet

AOP/AOC by decree dated 23rd September 1937, amended November 16th 2011. VINEYARD Location This vineyard area at the western extremity of the Loire Valley is bordered to the north by…
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Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire

AOP/AOC par décret original du 14 novembre 1936, modifié le 14 novembre 2011 Vineyard Location Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire lies in the Ancenis region, on both banks of the…
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Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu

AOP/AOC by decree dated 29th December 1994, amended 9th November 2011 Vineyard   Location Muscadet  Côtes  de  Grandlieu  lies south west of Nantes, covering covers 19 communes in the Herbauges,…
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Muscadet Sèvre et Maine

AOP/AOC by decree dated 14th November 1936, amended 9th November 2011 Vineyard Location The Muscadet Sèvre et Maine area extends across some twenty communes to the south east of Nantes.…
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PGI Val de Loire

Protected Geographical Indication (IGP) since August 2009 Vineyards Location Production of Loire Valley  IGP wines is permitted across 14 Departments in the  Loire Valley  winegrowing region, namely Loire  Atlantique, Vendée,…
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Quarts de Chaume Grand Cru

  AOP/AOC by decree dated 10th August 1954, amended 22nd November 2011   Vineyard Location The Quarts de Chaume appellation area lies in a small part of a single commune…
White

Rosé de Loire

AOP/AOC by decree dated 4th September 1974, amended 20th October 2011 Vineyard Location The Rosé de Loire appellation extends  across  the  Anjou  and  Touraine AOC areas.   Vineyard area 900…
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Rosé d’Anjou

AAOP/AOC by decree dated 14th November 1936, amended 15th November 2011 Vineyard Location The Cabernet d’Anjou and Rosé d’Anjou appellations overlap with the AOC Anjou area Vineyard area 1,890 ha…
Rosé

Saint-Nicolas-De-Bourgueil

AOP/AOC by decree dated April 31st 1937, amended September 22th 2011 Vineyards Location: This appellation follows the boundaries of the village its vineyards of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil; are planted in the west…
Red Rosé

Saumur

Saumur is the heart of the Loire wine business; most leading regional merchants have their offices in the area. Rich in the region’s famed tuffeau, this calcareous rock was quarried…
Red Rosé Sparkling White

Saumur Brut

Vineyards Location: The Saumur sparkling wine production area overlaps the Saumur appellation area but extends further to the west, corresponding to the old Saumur administrative district. Vineyard area: 1,260 ha. History: Saumur enjoys…
Rosé Sparkling

Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame

See production specifications for AOP Saumur   Vineyards Location: Puy-Notre-Dame lies 20km south of Saumur, and is the region’s highest point. The boundaries of the Saumur Puy-Notre- Dame appellation are…
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Saumur-Champigny

AOP/AOC by decree dated 31st December 1957, amended 8th June 2011 Vineyards Location: The name Champigny can be added to some of the Saumur appellation’s greatest red wines, made in the…
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Savennières

AOP/AOC by decree dated 8th December 1952, amended 9th September 2011.   Vineyards Location: The area includes only three communes south of Angers on the right bank of the Loire –…
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Savennières Roche aux Moines

AOP/AOC by decree dated 23rd November 2011 Vineyards Location: Harvesting, vinification, production and aging all take place within the commune of Savennières in the Maine-et-Loire département. Vineyard area: 20 ha. History: The Savennières…
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Touraine

A large and varied region, Touraine produces wines in every color – white, rosé and red – from an expansive palette of grape varieties.   Vineyard Location: This appellation stretches…
Red Rosé Sparkling White

Touraine Amboise

Vineyards Location: The Touraine Amboise vineyards lie upstream from Tours, and include 6 communes on the right bank of the Loire and 3 on the left bank. Vineyard Area: 180 hectares History:…
Red Rosé White

Touraine Azay-le Rideau

Vineyards Location: The appellation extends across six communes on the banks of the Indre and the Loire, close to where the rivers meet. Vineyard area: 40 hectares History: The Azay-le-Rideau vineyards are almost…
Rosé White

Touraine Chenonceaux

See details for AOP Touraine   Vineyards Location: The Touraine Chenonceaux appellation vineyards grow on slopes on either side of the river Cher. Once the grapes are harvested, the wines are vinified…
Red White

Touraine Mesland

Vineyards Location: The Touraine-Mesland appellation area lies on the right-hand bank of the Loire, just downstream from Blois and opposite Château de Chaumont with its internationally-acclaimed gardens, parkland and landscape management areas.…
Red Rosé White

Touraine Noble-Joué

AOC by decree dated 19th April 2001, amended 8th June   Vineyards Location: Between the Indre and the Cher, south of the Tours conurbation Vineyard area: 35 ha. History: There is evidence that…
Rosé

Touraine-Oisly

See details for AOP Touraine   Vineyards Location: The Touraine-Oisly appellation area encompasses 10 communes at the heart of Sologne’s winegrowing country, on the vast plateau of land between the Cher…
White

Vouvray

AOP/AOC by decree dated 8th December 1936, amended 8th June 2011   Vineyards Location: The appellation area begins at the eastern edge of the Tours conurbation and extends through 7 communes…
Sparkling White