Loire’s Revered Wines
The AOC Savennières delimits the vineyards that extend over part of the territory of Anjou. The entire appellation area, including the geographical sub-appellations Savennières-Coulée-de-Serrant and Savennières-Roche-aux-Moines, is located in the south-west of the Angers city, on the north bank of the Loire River, in the Anjou-Saumur subregion, approximately in central of France.
The Only Dry White Anjou’s Sea of Sweet Wine
This appellation lies on slopes perpendicular to the Loire with excellent sun exposure and features villages perched on rocky outcrops overlooking the river.
It is a terroir known for its exceptional dry white wines; we also speak of “Grand Cru” vineyards of the Loire Valley. The terroir covers 1.50 square kilometers and, with an annual production of 470,000 liters of wines, it has one of the lowest yields in France, 3400 / ha. Its shale soils of the Armorican Massif’s foothills are shallow and very stony, favoring a good maturity of the grapes harvested by the selection of clusters on stumps. Storms most often save this right bank of the Loire river. The vineyards benefit from the mesoclimate of the Loire river, ideal conditions for the development of wines of high maturity.
Surprisingly Long-Lived Wines
Savennières is without a doubt the complete dry white wine in the Loire Valley, with an excellent aging potential (priceless for the best vintages), full-bodied and serious, rich in lime tree fragrance, quince paste, and honey. It is also marked by an intense minerality, a slight bitterness, and exceptional aromatic persistence. After a decade of aging, this wine expresses all its richness and complexity.
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A part of important features of Savennières appellation for dry white wines are as follows:
- Soil: Shale, shallow, and very stony.
- Taste: Well balanced.
- Wine color: White (Deeply colored, from straw yellow to gold with green reflections).
- Aromas: Lime blossom, aniseed, grapefruit, pear, honey.
- Aging potential: 1 – 8 years.
- Serving temperature: 11 to 12° C
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