Vendômois, Coteaux du

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Vendômois, Coteaux du, aoc producing a wide range of light wines between the Coteaux du loir and the city of Vendôme in the greater loire Valley. The wines are necessarily crisp, this far from the equator, but a pale pink vin gris from the pineau d’aunis grape can be an attractive local speciality. Pineau d’Aunis must also constitute at least half of any blend for the slightly more solid reds, while Chenin Blanc is the principal white wine grape, often aided and abetted by Chardonnay, for some particularly tart white wines which represent about one bottle in six.