The appellation is located on the upper course of the Loire in central France. It is named after the small commune (1,500 inhabitants) on the west bank of the river, which is situated on a hill 150 metres above the river. The area is famous not only for its wines, but also for the soft cheese "Crottin de Chavignol" made from goat's milk. According to legend, King Henry IV (1553-1610), who was known as a wine lover, planted an oak tree near Chavignol, which was allegedly destroyed by a lightning strike during a thunderstorm only in 1993. Incidentally, the wood was used for the production of oak barrels. Henry IV said "that the wine of this place was the best he had ever drunk, and if all the people in his kingdom drank it, the religious wars would come to an end". At that time, however, mainly red wines were produced.
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