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Anjou Rouge-
 
 
 
Red
     
 

Fruity and spring-like, this wine reveals surprising aromatic finesse.


 

The vineyard
Geographical location:
The area covered by the Anjou AOC stretches across 128 communes in the Maine-et-Loire department, 14 in the Deux-Sèvres and 9 in Vienne. This regional AOC incorporates a large number of sub-regional and communal (or Village) AOC’s.

 

Surface area: 1,400 ha (3,500 acres)
History: Monks played a key role in the development of the Anjou vineyard, each monastery having its own vineyard or ‘clos’. When Henri II Plantagenet became king of England in 1154, the wines of Anjou were served in the royal court throughout his own reign and then during those of his successors. For almost a thousand years, the crowned heads of France and England all helped to build the reputation of Loire Valley wines. Through this impetus, in the 16th and 17th centuries, the vineyard spread from the banks of the Loire out towards its tributaries.
Types of soil: The Appellation zone covers two distinct regions:
- The "Anjou Noir" or "Black Anjou" area, on dark schist soils (Southeast edge of the Massif Armoricain) is the most extensive;
- The "Anjou Blanc" or "White Anjou", on white soils resulting from the weathering of chalk (limestone) from the extreme Southwest of the Paris Basin, only covers a very limited area.
Climate : Moderate oceanic climate, fairly dry, with a fairly low difference between maximum high-low temperatures - the proverbial Anjou mildness.

 
 

The wine
Annual production:
70,000 hl
Basic yield: 60 hl/ha
Grape varieties: Gamay, Cabernet franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pineau d'Aunis
Dominant growing practices: Density of 4,000 to 5,000 plants/ha. Single or double Guyot pruning.

Tasting
Sensory characteristics:
Ruby red appearance, fine aromas of red fruits and flowers (iris, violet). Fresh and finely tannic on the palate.
Serving temperature: 16-17°C
Ageing potential: Most Anjou AOC wines blossom within two or three years.


 
 
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Where to find this wine?
 
This wine will enhance :
White meats in sauce
Also goes well with
 
For a variety of occasions :
A Relaxed Aperitif
Fresh Air Cuisine


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