Côtes du Gien


Coteaux du Giennois is the name of an area in Orléanais formerly known as Côtes du Gien. Coteaux du Giennois produces light red wines from the Gamay and, sometimes, Pinot Noir grapes and crisp, pale white wines made exclusively from Sauvignon Blanc. AOC status was awarded in 1998. Pips from grapes dating back to the 11th century have been found in the area and the numerous abbeys have contributed historically to the quality and expansion of the viniculture. The Coteaux du Giennois extends over 14 communes. The vineyard covers 150 hectares of flint and limestone soils from which dry white wines from Sauvignon grapes and red and rosé wines from a blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir are produced. The white and rosé wines are drunk young while the light, fruity reds with little tannin are good with poultry and red meats.

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