Haut-Poitou

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Haut-Poitou, aoc zone almost due south of saumur in which a few hundred hectares of vines on limestone and marl produce crisp, well-made red, white, and rosé wines. Whites are mainly Sauvignon Blanc although up to 40% Sauvignon Gris is permitted. Reds are mainly Cabernet Franc with various Gamays, Merlot, and Pinot Noir allowed to make up the rest. The co-operative at Neuville dominates production.