Saumur > Coteaux de Saumur
Coteaux de Saumur
AOP/AOC by decree dated 21st April 1962, amended 8th June 2011
Location: The Coteaux de Saumur vineyards lie along the Cretaceous cuesta on the south western edge of the Paris basin, the vines growing in calcareous (tuffeau) soils.
Although the appellation covers a large area with excellent sun exposure, appellation wines are usually made from only around 11 hectares. The terroir lies on well- exposed, well-ventilated slopes, encouraging early plant growth and ideal for overripe or noble rot harvests.
Vineyard area: 10 ha.
Average annual production over the last 5 years: 300 hl.
Base yield: 35 hl/ha.
Varietal: Chenin Blanc.
Main growing practices: Minimum planting density: 4,000 vines per hectare.
Pruning: Double guyot to 2×3 buds (2×4 in Saumur) or gobelet to 3×2.