The appellation area of the wines of Bonnezeaux
is located in a small part of a single commune on the right bank of the Layon - Thouarcé. The Bonnezeaux AOC
, recognized by a decree of 6 November 1951, is considered to be one of the most exceptional terroirs in France.
Covering an area of about 120 hectares, the vineyards of Bonnezeaux allow a production of around 2,000 hectolitres. The Bonnezeaux terroir is made up of soils which have developed on Saint Georges sandstone schist with seams of quartz and phtanites (black cherts). The climate is temperate oceanic, but rather dry, with relatively small variations in temperature. This climate is what is commonly referred to as "Angers mildness".
The grape variety used for these sweet wines is the Chenin Blanc (also referred to as the Pineau de la Loire). The harvests are carried out by hand with successive sortings of the grapes, which have overripened and possess a high concentration, whether or not due to noble rot. A check of production conditions is carried out in each plot. The wines of Bonnezeaux display a deep colour, a golden yellow hue flecked with green, evolving to old gold with hints of amber. Their ageing potential is at least 10 years and, in very good vintages, they can literally go on forever. Château de Fesles and Domaine des Petits Quarts produce excellent Bonnezeaux wines.
More informations on the website of the wines of Bonnezeaux