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Bonnezeaux


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Bonnezeaux is a 270-acre appellation for sweet white wine, lying in the eastern part of the Coteaux du Layon. The village in which the wine is produced, named Thouarcé, is located right on the banks of the Layon river and is small, only around 11.5 square miles. The wines produced are similar to Quarts de Chaume and Coteaux du Layon's wines in style, but are often less expensive.

History

Thouarcé is a historic city, having been one of the most important towns in the development of the Anjou region, and the wines have been around almost as long as the city has. Records of sweet wines in the area go back to around 1000 A.D., meaning they were well known even before Botrytis cinerea's magical effects had been discovered. Bonnezeaux was minted as an AOC in 1951.

Climate and Viticulture

The vineyards of the Bonnezeaux region are located on the riverbanks of the Layon, and, in terms of soil, are composed of schist and some sandstone. The banks on which the grapes are planted face south, leading to an ideal amount of sun exposure.

Grape Varieties

Major Producers

There are four producers in Bonnezeaux that come highly recommended.

Subregions

Bonnezeaux, due to its small size, has no real subregions of its own. The names of the wines are generic and not vineyard-related (i.e. Renou's "Cuvée Anne").