It is the Loire region’s chief red varietal that came initially from Bordeaux region and was introduced in Loire Valley in the 11th century. It was called “ Le Breton” after the Breton priest who developed the Bourgueil Abbay vineyard.
Commonly made into a single-varietal wine, Cabernet Franc finds its true expression in the Loire Valley. François Rabelais mentioned it in his work Gargantua and Pantagruel: “I mean of the good Breton wine, not that which grows in Britain, but in the good country of Verron.” Compared to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc shows a smoother and lighter structure, with less tannin’s, which makes it pleasant to drink it even younger. It is characterized by his floral aromas of violet, blackberry or wild strawberry, much more delicate with shades than the blackcurrant, characteristic from the Cabernet Sauvignon.
Around the 10th century, this variety was known as “Plant d’Anjou.” The current name was popularised by Rabelais in the 15th century.
Chenin is the Loire Valley’s iconic grape variety. It is the region’s third most widely grown varietal and expresses the richness of its Loire terroirs to the full. Chenin is a late ripener, adapting well to the various microclimates of Anjou and Touraine to produce a stunning range of wines, from its most dry form with white peach and lime blossom typical fragrances, traditional form with a hint of butter “Brioche” and half-dry wine with tropical fruit flavors to the most iconic late harvest wine characterized by candied fruit, vanilla and honey aromatics.
The 1st appear on 1895, mostly used for the rosés vinification or in the blend for the sparkling wines.
Grolleau appeared first in 1895. It gives fruity, semi-dry rosés. After Cabernet Franc and Gamay, it is the most widely grown red varietal in the Loire Valley and a vigorous, resistant grape, accounting for one sixth of the region’s total production. It is mainly used for vinification of rosés or as part of the sparkling wines’ blend.
Sauvignon is a fairly delicate grape, very sensitive to the prevailing soil and climate. It is one of the more aromatic varietals with many different nuances, all strongly influenced by the terroirs in which it grows.It is recognizable by its green fruits and blackcurrant aromas.