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Saumur wine appellation
Wine appellation

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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Saumur is a wine appellation in the Loire Valley of France radiating southwards from the city of Saumur and comprising some 39 communes within 3 separate départements. The area covers a number of sub-appellations including Saumur-Champigny, Coteaux de Saumur and Saumur Mousseux. Cremant de la Loire is also produced in this region.
Reds are primarily made from Cabernet Franc and whites from Chenin Blanc. For the whites, Chenin Blanc must comprise at least 80% of the blend with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc being permitted for the remainder. For the reds the permitted grapes are Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pineau d'Aunis with locals overwhelmingly favouring Cabernet Franc as their grape of choice.
Try the Chateau Yvonne Saumur for a fine example of a local Chenin Blanc wine.
The village of Saumur and some interesting information about the wine appellation are included in the book Entitled The most beautiful Wine Villages of France which you can order from by clicking on the link below.
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