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Another off the wall Loire Valley appellation that is gaining traction. It was elevated to AOC status in 1998 after being a VDQS for many years. It is a large zone and very spread out but actually only inhabits about 200 ha, when last measured in 2002. It slinks and curls its way on both sides of the Loire river all the way to Pouilly-Fume and eventually where the region gets its namesake, Gien. 

The soils are limestone which can result in sturdy, structured reds and lovely, pure, acidic and minerally whites. Both reds and whites need to be drunk up young to retain the fresh fruit quality. 

Another region where light rules the day; crisp, refreshing Gamay and Pinot Noir wines are made. These wines are chock full of fresh fruit, light on the tannin with some nice aromas. The reds muct have at least 20% Gamay and 20% Pinot Noir. The whites must be 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Both can be very good depending on producer and vintage. As the region is in the "upper Loire", like the Cotes du Forez, it is prone to spring frosts. 

The wines typically cost between $15-$20.

Notable Recent Vintages: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

Top producers of Coteaux de Giennois (in no particular order) include:
  • Domaine de Villargeau
  • Domaine Joseph Mellot
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