Anjou > Anjou Villages
Appellations Anjou-Villages, Anjou-Villages Brissac
A selection of the best vineyard parcels within the larger Anjou AOC, these two appellations specialize in savory Cabernet Franc-based wines that improve with 4-6 years of bottle age.
Location: This appellation covers 43 communes in Maine-et-Loire and 3 in Deux-Sèvres. The area encompasses the AOC Coteaux du Layon, Anjou Coteaux de la Loire and Savennièrres, as well as some adjoining communes. Anjou-Villages Brissac includes 10 communes in Maine-et-Loire and corresponds to the Coteaux de l’Aubance geographic area.
- Anjou-Villages: 200 hectares / 494 acres
- Anjou-Villages Brissac: 85 hectares / 210 acres
Soil: The vines grow on schist with gravel covering in some areas.
Climate: A temperate maritime climate, particularly dry over Anjou-Villages Brissac.
- Approximately 8,500 hl / 224,546 gallons
- 55 hl/ha
- Cabernet Franc
- Cabernet Sauvignon
Growing/Production Practices: Density 4,100 vines/hectare. Single or double Guyot pruning is used. Anjou-Villages Brissac: Special checks are done on production conditions. The wine can only be bottled from September 1st in the year following harvest.
- Appearance: Deep ruby red
- Nose: Soft red fruit aromas with iris and violet notes, developing into forest floor and dark berries with maturity
- Flavors: Fuller-bodied and meaty with fine tannins and berry flavors
- Appearance: Dark garnet or ruby red
- Nose: Liquorice and dark berry aromas develop into leather with age
- Flavors: Fuller-bodied with dark fruit flavors and firmer tannins and finesse
- Braised veal shank/Osso Buco
- Casserole of mushrooms and roasted vegetables
- Steak fajitas