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Chateaumeillant wine appellation
Wine appellation

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Chateaumeillant is a tiny wine appellation in the Loire region of France lying just south of Bourges and comprising less than 100 hectares of vines. The appellation extends across the borders of the départements of Cher and Indre in the communes of Châteaumeillant, Saint-Maur, Vesdun, Champillet, Feusines, Néret and Urciers. Vines have been tended here since the 5th century AD. In 2006 the quality of the wines was recognised when the appellation was 'promoted' from VDQS to AC.
Here a famous 'fresh' pink rose-style wine (vin gris) is made from the Gamay grape (supplemented by Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris) as well as a more traditional red wine also made from Gamay supplemented by Pinot Noir for which this appellation is increasingly receiving recognition. The rules of the appellation provide for a maximum of 40% of Pinot Noir, with it being possible to produce a pure Gamay if the grower wishes.
Look for the wines of emerging talents Valerie and Frederic Dallot and those of Domaine Geoffrenet-Morval.
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