appellation
Coteaux du Giennois
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History

These vineyards owe their origins to the creation of numerous abbeys in the region. The construction of the Cistercian Roche Abbey in Myennes and the Bishop of Auxerre’s castle in Cosne-sur-Loire stimulated local wine production. In addition, the Château de Gien was inhabited by the Count of Gien and the future King Charles VII. This contributed significantly to the development of the vineyards, which strived to quench the thirst of the lords and kings.

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Terroirs and climate

The vineyards of the Coteaux du Giennois are situated on two distinct soils, separated by a geological fault line. In the north, the soils are composed of clays and silicas (flint). In the south, the vines are situated on calcareous “terres blanches” (“white soils”), topped in some places by siliceous deposits.

The climate is mild due to the proximity of the river Loire. The winters are pleasant but damp while the summers are moderately warm.

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Grape varieties

To meet the requirements of the appellation, which only gained recognition in 1998, the white wines must be vinified from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. These wines are beautiful expressions of the terroir, with floral and white fruit notes. For the red and rosé wines, a blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir grapes produces delicate wines that linger on the palate with finesse, expressing notes of fruit and spice.