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Cour-Cheverny is a commune situated in the Loir-et-Cher department of the Centre region of France. The commune’s land extends across the Loire Valley and across the Sologne region. Its inhabitants are known as Courchois.
Fresh and lightly aromatic, Cour-Cheverny wines are best consumed within two years of vintage, although some develop interesting honeyed, waxy, citrus notes if allowed to age.
The Cour Cheverny Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) was recognized in 1997. Geographically it corresponds to the commune of Cour-Cheverny and 10 other communes in the surrounding area. The single grape variety used is Romorantin, from which a dry, white wine is produced.
- The name Cour-Cheverny has its origins in the vulgar Latin word, curtis, meaning farm. It seems likely, then, that the village of Cour-Cheverny was once a large piece of land belonging to the nearby village of Cheverny.
- Over the years the village has had other names, such as Cour-en-Sologne, the name by which it was known up until the 19th century.
- The church was mentioned in 1145 as belonging to the Abbey of Bourgmoyen. It came under the diocese of Chartres at the time. Cour-Cheverny would have been a curtis, or farm, near to the small town of Cheverny, which began to grow in size and importance in the 6th century.
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