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Appellation within the vast Anjou area in the French wine-growing region of Loire, named after the Loire tributary Layon. The area has been famous for fruity sweet wines since the fourth century. The area covers around 1,400 hectares of vineyards on slate and sandstone terraces in 27 communes along the Layon River. The AOC applies to white wines made from 100% single-varietal grapes of the Chenin Blanc variety (the common name here is Pineau de la Loire) that are noble rotten (not mandatory) or at least overripe. The yield is limited to a maximum of 35 hl/ha, the alcohol content must be at least 11% vol, the residual sugar content at least 34 g/l.

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