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The Astor Wines & Spirits Glossary

Anjou

At the far western end of the Loire Valley lies the town of Angers, for which the region of Anjou is named. The wines of this region enjoyed great fame throughout the 12th and 13th centuries, when wine production was dominated by the white varietals Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Then, when phylloxera wiped out most of these plantings, the area was replanted with a large proportion of Cabernet Franc, as well as smaller plots of Grolleau, Cabernet Sauvignon and Gamay. Today, Anjou is most famous for its rosé wines (which comprise half of all production in the region). While these wines are certainly deserving of their fame and fortune, the sparkling wines of the region, as well as the still reds and whites, are certainly too good to miss.
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