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Anjou

The regional appellation in the western section of the Loire wine region, or on the left bank of this river, comprises some 220 communes around the town of Angers. The former VDQS division Vins du Thouarsais was integrated in 2011. Red, rosé, white and sparkling wines are produced here under many AOC appellations. The wines from here were already appreciated in the Middle Ages, but at that time white wines dominated. The vineyards cover about 12,000 hectares of vine area. The much smaller Saumur appellation is located in the east, whose very similar wines can also be marketed as Anjou (but not vice versa).

With about half of the production, dry to sweetish and young rosé wines dominate. These are blended under AOC Rosé d'Anjou (or Anjou Rosé) from mainly Grolleau Noir (here Groslot) with shares of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pineau d'Aunis, Gamay and Malbec(Cot). Another rosé is produced under AOC Cabernet d'Anjou from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Under AOC Anjou red and white wines and also rosé wines are produced. The white wines are blended from Chenin Blanc (minimum 80%), Chardonnay (maximum 20%) and Sauvignon Blanc. The red wines are produced from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pineau d'Aunis. Another red wine from Gamay is produced under AOC Anjou Gamay. A rarely used AOC is Anjou Coteaux de la Loire west of the city of Angers, which is valid for white wines from Chenin Blanc. Red wines from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are produced under AOC Anjou-Villages. The commune of Brissac with nine other surrounding communes was removed from this in 1986 and its own AOC Anjou-Villages-Brissac was created.

Sparkling and semi-sparkling wines in white and rosé are produced under the AOC designations Anjou Mousseux and Anjou Pétillant. The white wines from the varieties Chenin Blanc (zum. 60%), Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Gamay, Grolleau and Pineau d'Aunis, as well as the rosé wines from the same varieties except Chenin Blanc. Well-known producers in the entire sector include Château de Tigné, Château Pierre Bise, Château la Varière, Domaine de Bablut, Domaine des Baumard, Domaine de Gatines, Domaine Les Grandes Vignes - Vaillant, Domaine Ogereau, Domaine Philippe Delesvaux and Domaine Richou. As enclaves in the Anjou area, there are the appellations Bonnezeaux, Coteaux de l'Aubance, Coteaux du Layon, Quarts de Chaume and Savennières.

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