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A Burgundian tone

The Burgundian tendency is also found in the choice of grape varieties
The two main grapes are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which together represent 90% of the surface area of the Côtes de La Charité. They are very well adapted to the climate and the soils of our vineyards. Recent plantings have seen an increase of Pinot Gris, and Beurot. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc and Gamay have declined.

The variety, typicity, and aromatic complexity of each variety are distinct
White wines count for about 70% of the production. Mainly made from Chardonnay, Pinot Gris is also slowly gaining ground. These wines are characterized by great finesse, a very floral nose with notes of dried fruits and butter. When young they are generous and fruity, but thanks to their remarkable ability to age, after a few years they really start to show the true typicity of out terroirs.
The red wines are mainly made from Pinot Noir as a single variety. They show a ruby-red robe, aromas of red fruits and fresh forest floor, and a fruity mouth of blackcurrants and cherries, with notes of spice and liquorice. These wines reach full maturity after ageing for three or four years.
The rosé and blush wines made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris show a clean attack, allied with  roundness, freshness and length in the mouth.
The quality sparkling wines are made by using the traditional method from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc, depending on the blends which vary from one producer to another. They all show good freshness and remarkable finesse.

The Côtes de La Charité is the only IGP for sparkling wine in the Loire valley. 

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