The Wines

What a surprise! The Coteaux d’Ancenis Gamay grape variety is unique in that it can be used to produce both red and rosé wines.

Coteaux d’Ancenis Gamay red wines take on a limpid cherry or ruby hue. Their nose evokes strawberry and raspberry and they are fresh and tasty on the palate. Coteaux d’Ancenis Gamay rosé wines deliver simple, instant pleasure with their vibrant hues and aromas of fresh fruit.

These wines most fully express their vivacity when served quite cold: 15°C (59°F) for the red wines and 8°C (46°F) for the rosé wines.

The Terroir

Coteaux d’Ancenis Gamay grows on both shores of the Loire around the city of Ancenis, between the regions of Nantes and Anjou. Today the 150 hectares (371 acres) classified as AOC in 2011 reach from Carquefou in the west and Montrelais in the east. Often planted on slopes, the grape variety derives part of its name from the French word for “hills,” or “coteaux.” Cultivated on schist, mica schist, gneiss and greenstone by thirty-five winegrowers, it is used to produce nearly one million bottles (seven thousand hectoliters) of wine annually, most of which is red.

Some pairing ideas

Thank you for your interest in the Nantes wine region.

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