A top-quality vintage thanks to the sun!
The 2009 vintage produced high quality wines throughtout the entire Loire Valley with weaker yields down 10% to 50% than in 2007, mainly resulting from the frost of April.
Thanks to the magnificent sun in September, as well as the great care paid to the vines, the forecast was good for this year. The white wines were fresh and aromatic and offered a great well-balanced richness. The sweet wines produced a high quality vintage. The red wines were full-bodied and powerful, ideal for cellaring. The rosé wines displayed some beautiful colors and offered fruity and floral aromas. Finally, the sparkling wines produced nice aromas and freshness.
The 2008 vintage produced wines of different tastes for consumers. Some wines were fresh and delicate with subtle aromas and some were full-bodied and well-balanced with great aging potential.
In the Nantes area:
The first harvest brought fresh and fruity wines that were pleasant to drink during the year. For grapes that were gathered later, the Muscadet wines were more complex and long on the palate with notes of stewed fruits. The wines kept their usual freshness. The Coteaux d'Ancenis and Fiefs vendéens red wines were extremely high in quality.
The rosé wines, especially Cabernet d'Anjou and Rosé d'Anjou, were intense with a clear taste of fruits. The dry white wines - Anjou, Savennières (Chenin Blanc), etc. - were very high quality and had their usual freshness and balance between acidity and fat. For the sweet wines - Coteaux du Layon, Quarts de Chaume, etc. - the long maturation required patience, but the noble rot created an exceptional top-quality vintage. The Crémant de Loire and Saumur Brut produced a great sparkling vintage. As for the red wines - Anjou, Saumur-Champigny - (Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon), they produced a harmonious concentration.
The Touraine red wines (Gamay) were fruity while the Chinon, Bourgueil and Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil wines (Cabernet Franc) were well-balanced. The dry white wines - Vouvray, Montlouis-sur-Loire, etc. - were intense and the Touraine white wines (Sauvignon) offered a great richness with acidity.