The terroirs marked out by this AOC are in well-exposed and ventilated hillside locations that are ideal for harvests of over-ripened grapes and even grapes infected with noble rot.
The zone covers about 180 hectares and as the result of erosion by the Loire and its tributary, the Aubance, forms a cluster of small hillsides, facing a variety of directions, on shallow schist soils.
The wines show an intense robe, yellow or with glints of green, turning to antique gold with hints of amber; a subtle and aromatic nose with exotic aromas. These tender to sweet wines are more supple and airy than those of the Coteaux du Layon (although certain winegrowers do try for maximum concentration). Round on entry with a fairly lively finish.
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