Coteaux du Layon wines from the Loire Valley
The Loire Valley produces a wide variety of wines. There are sweet whites, dry whites and sparkling wines, as well as rosés and reds.
The temperate climate (the “softness of Anjou”!), the presence of the river Loire and its tributary the Layon, and also the soils and sub-soils, are all particularly well suited to vine cultivation. The two main grape varieties are Chenin and Cabernet (Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon).
Sweet white wines :
The Quarts de Chaume is the Loire Valley’s only Grand Cru.
- Quarts de Chaume : arômes fruités avec de la rondeur et une onctuosité
- Bonnezeau : mielleux
- Coteaux du Layon 1er Cru : liquoreux, arômes floraux
- Coteaux du Layon : liquoreux, arômes floraux
Dry white wines:
- Anjou Coteaux de Loire: floral and springlike
- Savennière: intense
- Anjou Blanc: very subtle aromas
- Two sparkling wines are produced in this region:
- Crémant de Loire: elegant and complex, tiny bubbles
- Anjou Fines Bulles: pleasantly fresh and delicate on the palate
- Cabernet d’Anjou (demi-sec): fruity on the palate, rounded and sophisticated
- Rosé d’Anjou (demi-sec): a light wine with a red berry bouquet on the palate
- Rosé de Loire (dry): light and refreshing
- Anjou-Village: a wine with silky tannins
- Anjou Red: subtle aromas of red berries and flowers, fine tannins
- Anjou Gamay: supple and aromatic
Did you know?
Certain vine plants give us no more than two glasses of wine!
A vine plant that gives from 12 to 15 glasses of rosé or sparkling wine will only give from two to five glasses of a wine like Bonnezeaux or Quarts de Chaume Grand Cru!
The grapes used to make certain white wines are “rotten”!
Grapes are not picked until they’ve reached the stage of being “over-ripe”. This is called “noble rot”; in fact, it guarantees that the grapes are full of sugar! That’s the case for sweet white wines.
Even now in 2016, grapes are harvested manually for some types of wine!
These bunches of grapes are precious! And they must only be picked when the grapes are “rotten”. That’s why harvesting is still done by hand for Quarts de Chaume Grand Cru, Bonnezeaux and Coteaux du Layon Premier Cru Chaume.
Wine is measured by the “posson”.
A “posson” was a unit of measurement used to measure wine. That’s where the town of La Possonnière got its name!
The Tourist Route through the Anjou Vineyards
This route enables you to discover the vineyard landscape, from the banks of the Loire to the Layon slopes. There are signs to guide you on your route.
The “Vineyards and Discoveries” label
This label is awarded by the organisation Atout France to places that combine tourist activities and wine production and offer a number of complementary tourist products (accommodation, meals, cellar tours and tastings, a museum, events etc), to make it easier for clients to organise their trips and find accredited service providers.
For further information about Loire Valley wines, please visit the InterLoire website.
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Top vineyard experiences:
- A tour of the cellars, meet a wine producer and enjoy a tasting session
- The Little Vineyard Train (Petit Train des Vignes) in Chalonnes sur Loire
- A visit to the Anjou Vine and Wine Museum in Saint Lambert du Lattay
- A stroll through the vines with a wine producer
- A boat trip on the Loire with an aperitif, accompanied by a wine producer
- The independent wine producers’ Picnic in May
- Discover the tourist route through the vineyards