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The vineyard and the wines of the Coteaux du Giennois

Along the banks of the Loire, between Gien and Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire, the Coteaux du Giennois vineyard is located in the north of the Nièvre and the south-east of the Loiret department. This Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée, less well-known than its two neighbors of Sancerre and Pouilly, extends over 14 municipalities over approximately 60 km.
3 grape varieties are authorized for this appellation : Gamay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon blanc. The red and rosé wines are a Pinot Noir and Gamay blend : 80% maximum of one of the two grape varieties. There are blended wines. However, white wines are single grape wines only produced with Sauvignon Blanc.

There are three types of soil in the Coteaux du Giennois appellation :
- Limestone soils : also called "Caillottes" or "Morello cherries" when the stones are smaller.

- Marl-limestone soils : limestone rocks of marine origin very rich in fossil oysters shells - widespread in the Center Region.

- Siliceous clay soils : also called "Chailloux", they often offer mineral and very straight expression to the wine and are rather used for Sauvignon Blanc.

Thanks to this variety of soils, the Coteaux du Giennois offer a wide variety of aromas. But it is also thanks to the geographical spread, differences in altitude, climates and of course through the work of the winegrower that the wines express such great diversity.

The white Coteaux du Giennois are often round and full, with a rich and warm character and a fresh finish depending on the terroirs. They are light and fruity, very easy to pair with food or to enjoy by itself ! Shellfish, seafood, Loire fish or fresh goat cheese are great food and wine pairings. To be original, you can also serve white meats dishes !

Rosé Coteaux du Giennois are either round and supple, or more lively and fresh depending on the terroirs and vintages. There are aromas of red fruits or spices. Once in the mouth, the rosés reveal a certain roundness. You can enjoy it as an aperitif in the summer with vegetables and grilled meats, with local goat cheeses or cold meats !


The red Coteaux du Giennois are elegant and fruity and develop notes of red and black fruits with subtle peppery aromas. The tannins are soft and balance with time. These wines are appreciated by themselves or with a main course with red meat ! If you are patient enough, you can age these wines and enjoy them with small wild meat.

In total, 792 hectares are classified as AOC Coteaux du Giennois but only 200 are planted and exploited by around 60 winegrowers.

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