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.
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.
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