The geographical area of the Valençay AOC
spans fourteen communes in the north of the département of the Indre and one commune in the Loir et Cher, Selles-sur-Cher. Valençay has been an AOC since November 2003. The Valençay
appellation, covering a surface area of about 140 hectares, is centered around the forest of Gâtine and the small town of Valençay, whose château, built in the 16th century and subsequently owned by the Prince de Talleyrand, has played an important role in local history. The demarcated terroir mainly runs along the edge of plateaux and hills, on Senonian and Eocene formations, bordering the creeks of the Boischaut Nord in the province of Berry. The soil here is predominantly flinty-clay.
The red Valençay wines are made from the Gamay Noir à jus blanc and Côt. More and more Cabernet and Pinot Noir are being planted. The white wines are produced from Sauvignon and Arbois, while the Chardonnay is more rare and recent.
The Valençay red, making up two-thirds of production, was long sold under the name of its grape variety. It evolved into a blended wine and is able to age for three years. Gamay dominates with its fruity character, to which Pinot Noir, Côt, and occasionally Cabernet, add structure and character. Valençay white wine is primarily from Sauvignon which the terroir brings out well. The character of the Valençay appellation is admirably displayed in the wines produced by Domaine Albane and Domaine Bertrand Minchin.
More informations on the website of the wines of Valençay