>> Friday, 12 February 2010
Flowering grape vine chenin blanc. Vine leaf. Domaine Chateau de la Roche aux Moines, Savennieres, Anjou, Loire, France
Savennieres appellation, Loire, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.
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Savennieres (Savennières, to be entirely correct) is a small commune and village in the central Loire Valley, not far from Angers. It is best known for producing some excellent white wines. At its best Savennieres makes some of the best white wines in the whole of the Loire.
It is a small appellation with only some 300 hectares out of which only around half is planted with vines. The vineyards are entirely dedicated to the growing of the chenin blanc grape, a grape that is generally high, or very high, in acidity, with grapefruit aromas and sometimes a waxy or honeyed note. It may sound like a strange combination but it is delicious. The landscape is beautiful rolling hills, many north or east facing on slopes down towards the river. There are several small valleys around stream that give the are a charming character.
The wines can be both bone dry (en then I mean really, really dry) all the way to very sweet. The dry variants are by far the most common. There is a handful of producers in this small gem of an AOC, most of them producing very good wines indeed.
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Loire Savennieres stock photo samples - Images by Per Karlsson
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