Amboise wines move away from Touraine

Thursday February 14 2019 by Vitisphere

Known for its chateau, but also Clos Lucé and Château Gaillard, the town of Amboise will soon have its own appellation.Known for its chateau, but also Clos Lucé and Château Gaillard, the town of Amboise will soon have its own appellation. - Photo credit : DR

Our major news story is that we are going from Touraine Amboise to... Touraine Amboise!” jokes Xavier Frissant, chairman of the Amboise producers’ organisation. Until now, the region was classed as a ‘satellite’ of the Touraine appellation, but it is now paving the way for its independence by introducing new specifications. Approved internally in 2017, the production requirements still have to be examined and adopted next June by INAO’s National Wine Committee. After four months of national consultation proceedings, which should be launched next June, the specifications will come into force for the 2020 vintage.

Retaining its status as an additional labelling statement, the appellation has until now been produced in all three colours (white, red and rosé) from several grape varieties (single varietal Chenin for whites, but Gamay, Côt and Cabernet for reds). Its new regulatory framework will be more restrictive: the appellation area will drop to a potential of 750 hectares, compared with 3,200 currently, and the varietal range will be changed to single varietal red wines from Côt, and the same single varietal Chenin white wines.

Two grape varieties, one identity

We will be the Burgundians of the Loire, with two grape varieties!” enthuses Xavier Frissant. Although Chenin is an iconic grape variety of the Loire Valley, Côt, or Malbec, in Amboise is less well-known, but its roots in fact date back to the Renaissance. “The name Côt matters to us. It is not Malbec, but the result of field selections suited to our wine region” stresses Xavier Frissant.

 

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