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Cheverny is a French wine region in the Loire Valley that makes dry white wines, light red wines and rosé wines. The area receivedAOVDQS (Appellation d’Origine Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure) status in 1973, and then AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) on 26 March 1993 when new regulatory laws were passed. The wine region is spread over 532 hectares, within 24 communes of the Loir-et-Cher department.
The white wines are composed of Sauvignon blanc grapes, at a proportion of 60%–80%, blended with Arbois, Chardonnay or Pineau Blanc de la Loire grapes. A small proportion is made into sparkling wine. The red wines are composed of Gamay grapes, at a proportion of 40%–65%, blended with Pinot noir grapes. Cabernet Franc and Côt can be used to make up to 15% of the wine. Pineau d’Aunis is added to these grape varieties when making rosés.
AOP regualtions are based on yields fixed at 50 hl/ha for red wines, 55 hl/ha for rosé wines and 60hl/ha for white wines. The density of vine plantations should be between 3500 and 4500 feet/ha. White wines made from Romorantin grapes bear the appellation of Cour-Cheverny.
Only wines made from grapes grown on the land of the following 24 communes can claim Cheverny appellation: Candé-sur-Beuvron, Cellettes, Cheverny,Chitenay, Cormeray, Cour-Cheverny, Feings, Fougères-sur-Bièvre, Fresnes, Huisseau-sur-Cosson, Maslives, Les Montils, Montlivault, Mont-près-Chambord, Muides-sur-Loire, Ouchamps, Saint-Claude-de-Diray, Saint-Dyé-sur-Loire, Saint-Laurent-Nouan, Sambin, Seur, Tour-en-Sologne and Vineuil, as well as a part of the Monthou-sur-Bièvre commune.
The wine I tasted today was from the Cave Cooperative Vignerons de Mont-près-Chambord. It is located in the heart of the vineyards of Cheverny, Loire and Sologne between, alongside prestigious castles such as Blois, Chambord and Cheverny. harvest it and grapes vinified its 21 members of 126 hectares. With nearly 500,000 passes sold per year, it is now the leading producer of AOC Cheverny. The quality of its wines is consistently recognized in competitions and reference guides (Macon, Concours Général Agricole, Guide Hachette, .. .). Les Vignerons de Mont-près-Chambord use the most modern techniques of winemaking (pneumatic presses, stainless steel tanks, temperature control) to preserve all the typical characteristics of their soils (clays, sands) expressed by fully Gamay and Pinot Black , bases red and rosé wines, Sauvignon and Chardonnay for white wines, and Romorantin for AOC Cour-Cheverny.
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