The Quarts de Chaume AOC
produces sweet white wines, and is probably one of the most emblematic appellation in Anjou. This AOC is considered to be one of France’s most exceptional terroirs. It was traditionally produced from the best "quarter" of the harvested grapes from the terroirs
of Chaume. The appellation area is located in a small part of the commune of Rochefort-sur-Loire, about fifteen kilometres southwest of Angers. The vineyards cover a total of about 40 hectares and are planted on Brioverian schist and sand pudding stone from the Carboniferous era. This appellation enjoys an exceptionally good mesoclimate, because, in this area, there is a large bend in the River Layon (Bézigon Valley) which helps create the morning mists that encourage the development of noble rot. Quarts de Chaume
wines obtained AOC status by decree of 10 August 1954.
Quarts de Chaume wines are made exclusively from the Chenin Blanc grape, also referred to as Pineau de la Loire, with particularly low average yields, helping ensure that the grapes are of impeccable quality. The harvesting is carried out by hand with successive sortings of the over-ripe grapes showing a high concentration, whether or not due to noble rot. Production is obviously extremely small, up to 600 hectolitres per year.
Quarts de Chaume wines have a golden yellow hue flecked with green, turning an old gold hue with amber highlights with age. On the nose, the wine usually offers up complex aromas of flowers, white fruit, candied citrus and exotic fruit, developing notes of fine wood, dried or candied fruit, honey, toasted almonds, over time. Their well-dosed sugar level often creates a soft, fat character. Its minimum ageing potential is 10 years, but it can age for decades in great vintages. Château Pierre-Bise, Domaine des Baumard, Domaine de la Bergerie, Château de Varière and Château Bellerive usually produce some excellent examples.
More informations on the website of the wines of Quarts de Chaume