Château la Varière
L’Anjou viticole au sud de la Loire près d'Angers se caractérise par la diversité de ses terroirs et de ses appellations d'origine protégées (AOP). Il se situe à la jonction entre le bassin parisien sédimentaire (ancienne mer géologique) caractérisé par des roches blanches et friables, et le massif armoricain (roches noires et dures).
L’architecture de la région est à cet égard très révélatrice : les pierres blanches calcaires de tuffeau se mêlent aux pierres noires de schistes.
The vineyard of Anjou is located south of the Loire near Angers. It is well-known for the diversity of its terroir and AOP. Geologically it is found at the limit between the parisian sediment bassin (ancient geological sea), recognized by its white and friable stones and the old armorican mountains (hard and black rock).
The architecture of the region shows such building materials made of limestone intermixed with schist.
Anjou Red AOP, Anjou Villages Brissac AOP
The two main red grape varieties of Anjou are the cabernet franc and the cabernet sauvignon. The cabernet franc is the most popular red grape variety of the Loire Valley. It is a thin skinned second generation grape variety. It is fragile and requires a dry and temperate climate. The Anjou region with 600 mm of rain per year and a mild climate is ideal for this grape. Its porous nature is perfect for the cabernet franc because it requires a good water regulation.
The cabernet sauvignon has historically always been noticed especially in the Brissac area. This third generation grape variety needs warm and dry soils of black schists. Its strong tannic structure likes a barrel aging.
Bonnezeaux AOP, Quarts de Chaume AOP, Coteaux du Layon AOP, Coteaux de l'Aubance AOP
The sweet dessert wines of Loire Valley come from the chenin blanc grape variety. This third generation variety sensitive to botrytis (noble rot) is ideal for the morning mist and dry afternoon of Anjou. Located in the schists of Anjou, the many AOP of sweet wines distinguish each other by terroir veins, the shape of the landscape and pedological differences (more or less steep hillsides) which give diversity in taste and residual sugar content.
Cabernet d'Anjou AOP, Anjou Blanc AOP
The cabernet d'Anjou AOP is a naturally sweet rosé wine. At the Château la Varière it comes from cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon.The Anjou blanc at the Château la Varière is dry from chenin blanc and is carefully aged in barrels.