The Coteaux du Loir AOC
is a Loire Valley appellation and its production area spans 16 communes in the Sarthe département and 6 in the Indre-et-Loire. Production of the wines of the Côteaux du Loir was started by the Cistercian monks back in the Middle Ages. Recognized as an AOC in 1948, the Coteaux du Loir wine producing area is, along with that of Jasnières, the northernmost of the Loire Valley.
The Coteaux du Loir vineyards cover an area of about 80 hectares with an annual production of 2,700 hectolitres (50% red, 30% white, 20% rosé). The vineyards grow in a soft chalky soil of the Turonian period, known as Tufa, decomposed into flint clays. The soil lies on steep, stony terrain which is hard to work but enables the vine to flourish. Protected by the Forest of Bercé to the north and benefitting from adjacent valleys and south-facing hillsides, the Coteaux du Loir vineyards enjoy the temperate Touraine climate with numerous microclimates.
The appellation of Coteaux du Loir wines produces red and rosé from the Pineau d'Aunis, Cabernet, Côt and Gamay grape varieties, with its whites made from Chenin Blanc. The reds and rosés are usually light and aromatic. They are at their best within 2 years. The white Coteaux du Loir wines generally possess a clear pure golden-yellow hue and floral and fruity aromas, often with mineral overtones. They can usually keep for over 15 years. Lovers of this appellation will appreciate the wines produced by Domaine de Bellivière.
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