The Anjou region runs along the Loire River to the east of the Nantais. It is most well known for sweet and dry whites from the Chenin Blanc grape and reds from Cabernet Franc. The Chenin Blanc from this region has great complexity and depth on the palate. Because of the variety’s high acidity, the wines are able to age gracefully for decades. Savennières is the most well known wine and is usually dry, while the Quarts de Chaume and Bonnezeaux are the two top regions for sweet, botrytis-affected whites. Other sweet wine appellations include Coteaux du Layon, Anjou Coteaux de la Loire, Coteaux de Saumur, and Coteaux de l’Aubance. Some Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are also produced here.
Saumur Champigny produces some of the best Cabernet Franc wines. Gamay and Cabernet Franc are used in Anjou Villages, and the native Grolleau and Pinot d’Aunis are often vinified as a rosé.
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