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The Royal Road to Rosé in Anjou Saumur

Followed by a Gourmet Gazette Slide Show

The vineyards of Anjou Saumur Rosé in the Loire Valley in the scenic village of Le Thoureil, part of the Loire Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo ©Sébastien Gaudard. Courtesy Federation Viticole Anjou Saumur. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

It is a rather royal region nestled into the heart of the Loire Valley, here where names of the towns immediately conjure up visions of castles rising into the air, Saumur, Anjou, Blois, Amboise and Tours. The region has also historically produced rather royal wines, rosé wines, controlled designation of origin rosé wines in its Anjou Saumur Vineyards with its Rosé de Loire, Rosé d’Anjou and Cabernet d’Anjou wines all enjoying unique growing conditions and the Anjou Saumur Vineyard can collectively boast some 27 AOC wines (appellation d’origine contrôlée or controlled designation of origin). They range from dry to fruity to slightly sweet for the Cabernet d’Anjous wines. The wines are either dry or semi-dry and reds, whites and sparkling wines are also produced here.

The vineyards of Anjou Saumur Rosé in the Loire Valley here in the picturesque town of Montsoreau on the banks of the Loire River. The village is listed as among The Most Beautiful Villages of France and is part of the Loire Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo ©Sébastien Gaudard. Courtesy Federation Viticole Anjou Saumur. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

These are wines that were enjoyed by Henry II Plantagenet, the king of England but otherwise French and the Count of Anjou, would serve the wines of Anjou at his court. Here the good earth is a range of primary soils like chalky tuffeau, schist, flint, limestone clay. There are myriad grape varieties in the region notably Chenin and Cabernet franc which particularly relish evolving in the schist and tuffeau soils. But there are very specific varieties as well like the Grolleau gris and the Grolleau noir. The growing conditions, at times oceanic, at times semi-continental in the Loire Valley, the good earth and the grape varieties all merge together to create aromatic, at times gastronomic wines.

View onto the vineyards of Anjou Saumur Rosé in the Loire Valley from the Corniche Angevine view point cliff. Photo ©Sébastien Gaudard. Courtesy Federation Viticole Anjou Saumur. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The landscapes here are unique as well in this singular Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sweeping views of the river with castles tucked away into its glorious bends. The three types of rosé wines in the Anjou Saumur vineyards are distinctive with the dry Rosé de Loire wines offering spicy and fruity notes, the region’s leading export wine the Rosé d’Anjou is outfitted with a deep pink color and can either be dry or semi-dry. The Cabernet d’Anjou is a semi-sweet wine appreciated in gastronomic circles.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette
https://www.anjou-tourisme.com/fr
https://www.ot-saumur.fr/
https://federationviticole.com/

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