For centuries, the white wine from the Pineau produced on both sides of the Loire, Montlouis-sur-Loire
and Vouvray, was called "Vouvray wine". It was only with the creation of the AOCs that Montlouis, aware of its originality, became an independent village appellation, by decree of 6 December 1938. The Montlouis-sur-Loire AOC
extends upstream of Tours, on the confluence of the Loire and Cher, the meeting point of two valleys, on a southeast sloping headland. It is spread over 3 communes
At the top of the promontory, the soil of Montlouis-sur-Loire is made of clay topped with sand blown in from the Loire and Cher and coarse elements of flint and chalk.The Tufa limestone (Turonian chalk) remains within reach of the roots. Bordered by natural boundaries (the Loire to the north, the Cher to the south and the forest of Amboise to the east), Montlouis-sur-Loire enjoys a particularly mild climate: the ocean influences penetrate via two broad, open valleys, and these encourage the over-ripening of the grapes and produce dry white wines of high maturity. The production of soft wines (semi-dry) or sweet wines depends on the weather conditions, so the vintage has a big influence.
Planted over about 370 hectares, the Montlouis-sur-Loire vineyards permit an annual production of around 15,000 hectolitres, 45% still wine and 55% sparkling. Montlouis-sur-Loire wines are made from the Chenin Blanc (Pineau de la Loire) grape variety. This variety creates a deep shiny straw-yellow hue for the slightly sparkling and sparkling wines, while the mature sweet wines tend to show a golden hue flecked with amber. Always charming in their youth (white flowers, verbena, citrus and brioche for the sparkling wines), the Montlouis go on to develop notes of almonds, quince, honey and wax, with a distinct minerality. Depending on their level of sweetness, the Montlouis-sur-Loire wines can be soft, broad or opulent, but always very fresh. The dry whites are rich and elegant. Montlouis-sur-Loire wines have great ageing potential with a very subtle evolution over the first decade, gradually coming into their own. These qualities can be found in the wines produced by Domaine de la Taille aux Loups, Domaine François Chidaine and Domaine du Rocher des Violettes.
More informations on the website of the wines of Montlouis-sur-Loire