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Yet another overlooked and underappreciated appellation in the Loire Valley. Famous for its sweet, rich, albeit lighter styled dessert wines. Located within the Anjou appellation the land is mostly schist base rocky slopes south of the famous town of Angers. Sometimes there is botrytis and sometimes there is not. When there is no botrytis, there is something called a passerillé which is a trudge through the vineyards to get the dessicated or affected grapes. 

The Aubance is a long and windy river where the aformentioned slopes dot the area and are not as dramatic as in Coteaux du Layon. The appellation was granted AOC status in 1950 and comprises of 150 hectares, give or take a hectare. The appellation remains obscure but from my small sampling there is quality wine that comes out of here that should be noted.

These typically go for $20-$40 per 500 ml bottle. 

Notable Recent VIntages: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2003, 1999, 1997

Top Producers (in no particular order) include:
  • Domaine de Montgilet
  • Bablut
  • Domaine des Rochelles