Cheverny has held its own appellation since 1993. Currently there are about 400 hectares of vineyards cultivated but it would be surprising if this is not soon expanded. White, rose, and red wines are produced here. White Cheverny is made with Sauvignon Blanc, sometimes supplemented with Chardonnay. These French wine is fresh, elegant, and possesses wonderful floral perfumes. Pruity hints of gooseberry and exotic fruits can be detected in the taste. Drinking temperature for this French wines: 50-53.6°F (10-12°C). Cheverny red is mainly produced from Gamay and Pinot Noir grapes and is fairly fresh and fruity when young. After several years maturing in the bottle Pinot Noir takes the upper hand and the bouquet contains animal or gamey aromas. Drinking temperature for Cheverny French wine 57.2°F (14°C).
This is an extremely rare white French wine from immediately around Chambord that is only permitted to use the old native grape variety of Romorantin in its making. Romorantin characteristically has a powerful nose of both honey and acacia. The Cour-Cheverny AC has been permitted on labels since 1993. Drink this Cour-Cheverny French wine at 50-53.6°F (10-12°C).
This French wine is undoubtedly part of the Loire wine area but as it seems not to be connected in any way it is given a separate listing. This is quite an honour for an area that was only a few years ago on the verges of bankruptcy. The take-over by the enterprising Georges Duboeuf of the failing local cooperative not only meant rescue from certain death but the start of a second life, more dynamic than ever. The euvillede-Poitou cooperative now backs some 85% of the production of Haut-Poitou.
The underlying beds of chalk and marl are exceptionally well-suited in particular for growing the white wine grapes of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The Chardonnay whites French wine are elegant and subtle with aromas characteristically of white fruit and citrus fruit. The taste is fresh and harmonious and the wine makes an excellent aperitif. The better cuvees such as La Surprenante are more complex and contain seductive bouquets reminiscent of privet, acacia, vanilla, toast, and hazelnut. Drinking temperature for this French wine: 50-53.6°F (10-12°C).
The Sauvignon whites are fresh and elegant, with suggestion of flint in the nose. Drink as an aperitif or with seafood. Drinking temperature for this French wine 46.4- 50.0°F (8-10°C) . The red French wine can be made from a variety of different grapes. The best originate from Cabernet Pranc and Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards with chalk or flint-bearing clay. These have a characteristic nose of red fruit and violets with a hint of tufa. Drink this French wine at 53.6-57.2°F (12-14°C).