Cour-Cheverny wine appellation in the Loire Valley, France Restaurants, Wine, Travel, Opinions

Cour-Cheverny wine appellation
Wine appellation

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Cour-Cheverny is a 48 hectare wine appellation in the Loire Valley north east of Tours. The vineyards are scattered in small parcels over 11 communes in the Loir-et-Cher département (Cellettes, Cheverny, Chitenay, Cormeray, Cour-Cheverny, Huisseau-sur-Cosson, Mont-près-Chambord, Montlivault, Saint-Claude-de-Diray, Tour-en-Sologne and Vineuil).
It is a young appellation having been proclaimed in 1993. It is of some interest to wine enthusiasts as only white wine is produced from the little known Romorantin grape.
The Romorantin grape has grown in the Loire Valley since the sixteenth century. It makes crisp, acidic, minerally white wines. The grape is also used as a minor element of some wines of Valencay which adjoins the Touraine appellation on its south east border.
Francois Cazin's Le Petit Chambord Cour-Cheverny white wine is worth seeking out for two reasons. The first is that it is a fine wine is its own right and the second is that it is made from the Romorantin grape. The wine has a good acid underlay and a fine, mineral backbone.
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