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WINES: the Regional Appellations of the Loire Valley and the Centre

It is a large region within which we can identify four sub-regions:

      1. the Centre Vineyards
      2. the Touraine
      3. the Saumurois and the Anjou
      4. the Nantes Region

 

 The CENTRE VINEYARDS

 

In Centre Region there are the following appellations:

Châteaumeillant
color red; rose
vine gamay black, pinot black, pinot gray
accomp. duck, goat cheeses
temperature 17° C
Côte-Roannaise
color red; rose
vine gamay black
accomp. cold cuts, white meat, fish
temperature 12-15° C
Coteaux-du-Giennois
color red; rose; white
vine red and rose: gamay black, pinot black
white: sauvignon
accomp. fish (squid, salmon, crab, tuna, seafood), cheese
temperature 10° C
Côtes-d’Auvergne
color red; rose; white
vine red and rose: gamay black, pinot black
white: chardonnay
accomp. poultry, pork, rabbit, vegetables
temperature 10-14° C
Côtes-du-Forez
color red; rose
vine gamay black
accomp. pork, cheese, vegetables
temperature 10-14° C
Menetou-Salon
color red; rose; white
vine white: sauvignon
red and rose: pinot black
accomp. fried fish, rabbit
temperature 8° C
Pouilly-Fumé
color white
vine sauvignon (or smoked white)
accomp. shrimps cocktail, fried fish, scapes with mayonnaise
temperature 8° C
Pouilly-sur-Loire
color white
vine chasselas
accomp. fish, vegetables
temperature 12° C
Quincy
color white
vine sauvignon
accomp. oysters, salmon
temperature 8° C
Reuilly
color red; rose (gray); white
vine white: sauvignon
red and rose: pinot black, pinot grigio
accomp. fish, desserts
temperature 12° C
Saint-Pourçain
color red; rose; white
vine red: gamay (majority), pinot black
rose: gamay
accomp. calf, goat cheese
temperature 10-12° C
Sancerre
color red; rose; white
vine white: sauvignon
red and rose: pinot black
accomp. cold cuts, poultry, fish, goat cheese
temperature 13° C

 

The TOURAINE

In Touraine we find the following appellations:

Bourgueil
color red; rose
vine cabernet franc or breton, cabernet-sauvignon (10% max)
accomp. rabbit, lamb, beef, pheasant, game
temperature 14-16° C
St-Nicolas de Bourgueil
color red; rose
vine cabernet franc (cabernet-sauvignon10% max)
accomp. chicken, lamb, veal, duck, porc, salmon, thon, cheese
temperature 14-16° C
Cheverny
color red; rose; white
vine red: gamay black, pinot noir, cabernet franc, côt
rose: gamay black, pinot noir, cabernet franc, côt and chenin or pineau d’Aunis
white: sauvignon, chardonnay
accomp. cold cuts, veal, porc, vegetables, lentils, mushrooms, soups
temperature 10-14° C
Cour-Cheverny
color white
vine romorantin
accomp. fish, oysters, shellfish, goat cheese, asparagus, artichokes
temperature 10° C
Chinon
color red; rose; white
vine red and rosé: cabernet franc almost completely (10% of cabernet-sauvignon)
white: chenin white (or Loire pineau)
accomp. beef, duck, lamb, game (pheasant, pigeon)
temperature 14-16° C
Coteaux-du-Loir
color red; rose; white
vine red: pineau d’Aunis, cabernet franc, gamay black
rose: côt, groslot
accomp. porc, cold cuts, vegetables
temperature 14-16° C
Coteaux-du-Vendômois
color red; rose (gray); white
vine red: pineau d’Aunis, gamay, cabernet franc, pinot black
white: chenin white (or Loire pineau)
accomp. rabbit, poultry, cheese, exotic kitchen
temperature 15° C
Jasnières
color white
vine chenin (or Loire pineau)
accomp. vegetables (courgette, aubergines, endive, mushrooms), sausages, fish, goat cheese
temperature 10-12° C
Montlouis-sur-Loire
color white
vine chenin (or Loire pineau)
accomp. vegetables (courgette, aubergines, endive, asparagus), poultry, cold ham, cheese
temperature 8-12° C
Orléans
color red; rose; white
vine red and rose: pinot meunier, cabernet franc, cabernet-sauvignon
white: chardonnay
accomp. duck, rabbit, red and white meat, salmon, sardine, pizza mediterranean
temperature 6-8° C
Orléans-Cléry
color red
vine cabernet franc
accomp. red and white meat
temperature 16° C
Touraine
color red; rose; white
vite red: gamay black, cabernet franc, cabernet-sauvignon, côt
white: sauvignon, chenin white (Loire pineau)
accomp. lamb, ham, sausages, bowel, mushrooms
temperature 8-10° C
Touraine Azay-le-Rideau
color rose; white
vine rose: Cinq-Mars grolleau, gamay black, côt, cabernet franc, cabernet-sauvignon
bianco: chenin blanc (pineau della Loira)
accomp. veal, salmon, sole, pasta, tagliatelle, tortellini
temperature 10-12° C
Touraine Amboise
color red; rose; white
vine red and rose: gamay black, cabernet franc, côt
white: chenin white
accomp. chicken, rabbit, cheese
temperature 10-14° C
Touraine Mesland
color red; rose; white
vine red and rose: gamay black, cabernet franc (or breton), côt
white: chenin white (Loire pineau), sauvignon, chardonnay
accomp. chicken, rabbit, cheese
temperature 14-16° C
Touraine Noble-Joué
color rose
vine pinot meunier (50-60%), pinot grigio or malvoisie (30-40%), pinot black(10-20%)
accomp. white or red grilled meat, shrimps, mussel, fried fish, eggs
temperature 8-11° C
Valençay
color red; rose; white
vine red and rose: gamay black, pinot black, côt, cabernet franc, cabernet-sauvignon
white: sauvignon, chardonnay
accomp. lamb, rabbit, poultry, cheese
temperature 12-14° C
Vouvray
color white
vine chenin white (Loire pineau)
accomp. aperitive or for dessert; sausages, molluscs, grilled fish, got cheese
temperature 8-12° C

 

The SAUMUROIS and the ANJOU

In Saumur and Anjou regions we find the following appellations:

Anjou
color red; white
vine red: cabernet franc (breton), cabernet-sauvignon
white: chenin white (or Loire pineau), chardonnay and sauvignon
accomp. rabbit, poultry, veal, fish, seafood
temperature 16°; 10-12° C
Anjou-coteaux-de-la-Loire
color white (liqueur)
vine chenin white (or Loire pineau)
accomp. cold cuts, desserts
temperature 12-14° C
Anjou-Gamay
color red
vine gamay black
accomp. veal
temperature 13° C
Anjou-villages
color red
vine cabernet franc (breton), cabernet-sauvignon
accomp. beef
temperature 14-16° C
Anjou-villages-Brissac
color red
vine cabernet franc (breton), cabernet-sauvignon
accomp. beef
temperature 14-16° C
Bonnezeaux
color white (liqueur)
vine chenin white (or Loire pineau)
accomp. fish, cheese, desserts
temperature 15° C
Cabernet-d’Anjou
color rose
vine cabernet franc, cabernet-sauvignon
accomp. lamb, desserts
temperature 8-10° C
Cabernet-de-Saumur
color rose
vine cabernet franc, cabernet-sauvignon
accomp. poultry, spicy dishes
temperature 8-10° C
Chaume
color white (liqueur)
vine chenin white
accomp. chicken, eggs, fruits and desserts
temperature 7-8° C
Coteaux-de-l’Aubance
color white (liqueur)
vine chenin white (or Loire pineau)
accomp. seafood, fish, goat cheese
temperature 12-14° C
Coteaux-de-Saumur
color white (soft)
vine chenin white
accomp. fish, vegetables
temperature 8-10° C
Coteaux-du-Layon
color white (liqueur)
vine chenin white (or Loire pineau)
accomp. seafood, fish, goat cheese
temperature 7-9° C
Quarts-de-Chaume
color white (liqueur)
vine chenin white (or Loire pineau)
accomp. rabbit, poultry, desserts
temperature 12-14° C
Rosé-d’Anjou
color rose
vine cabernet franc, cabernet-sauvignon, Aunis pineau, gamay, côt, grolleau
accomp. fish
temperature 8-10° C
Saumur
color red; rose; white
vine red: cabernet franc, cabernet-sauvignon, Aunis pineau
white: chenin white (or Loire pineau, 80%), chardonnay, sauvignon
accomp. beef, fish
tamperature 12-14° C
Saumur-Champigny
color red
vine cabernet franc, cabernet-sauvignon
accomp. cold cuts, beef, veal, pork, poultry, rabbit, fish
temperature 12-14° C
Savennières
color white
vine chenin white (or Loire pineau)
accomp. seafood, fish
temperature 16° C
Savennières-coulée-de-Serrant
color white
vine chenin white (or Loire pineau)
accomp. fish
temperature 16° C
Savennières-Roche-aux-Moines
color white
vine chenin white (or Loire pineau)
accomp. rabbit, poultry
temperature 16° C

 

The NANTES REGION

 

In this district we find the following appellations:

Coteaux-d’Ancenis
color red; rose; white (soft)
vine red and rose: gamay black (dominant), cabernet franc
white: chenin, malvoisie (pinot gray)
accomp. beef
temperature 8-12° C
Fiefs-Vendéens
color red; rose; white
vine red and rose: gamay black or pinot black (50% minimum), cabernet franc or cabernet-sauvignon, négrette
white: chenin (50% minimum), chardonnay, sauvignon (Vix), Bourgogne melon (Pissotte), grolleau gray (Brem)
accomp. seafood, fish
temperature 12° C
Gros-plant-du-Pays-Nantais
color white
vine gros plant (folle white)
accomp. seafood
temperature 8-9° C
Muscadet
color white
vine melon white
accomp. seafood, fish, salads, exotic cuisine
temperature 8-11° C
Muscadet-coteaux-de-la-Loire
color white
vine melon white
accomp. seafood, fish, eggs
temperature 8-11° C
Muscadet-côtes-de-Grand-Lieu
color white
vine melon white
accomp. fish
temperature 8-11° C
Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine
color white
vine melon white
accomp. seafood, fish
temperature 8-11° C

 

 

Bibliography:

Hachette des vins de France