Anjou wine appellation
Anjou is a wine appellation in the Loire Valley region of France near the city of Angers that permits red, white and the famous rose wines to be produced. The reds are made from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon with the secondary grapes of Grolleau and Pineau d'Aunis being permitted. Grolleau cannot comprise more than 10% of the blend and the two secondary grapes combined cannot exceed 30%.
The whites are made from the principal grape of Chenin Blanc with the secondary grapes of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay being allowed. Chenin Blanc must comprise at least 80% of the blend.
The Anjou appellation area encompasses other appellations including Anjou-Villages, Anjou Rouge, Savennieres (including Chateau de La Roche-aux-Moines and Coulee de Serrant), Coteaux du Layon (including Bonnezeaux and Quarts de Chaume) and Cremant de la Loire among others.
Look for the delightful wines from Rene and Agnes Mosse, particularly their Anjou Rouge and their white Bonnes Blanches for a great example of what this appellation is capable of producing.