Wine region around Angers on the River Loire in France, making red, white, rose and sparkling wines. The region was the ancient comte of the Plantagenet family which St Bernard called ‘the devil’s brood’. Henry Plantagenet, Count of Anjou, married Eleanor of Aquitaine in 1152, before he became Henry II of England in 1154. This is why there are many links between this part of France and England.
The wines are becoming of increasing importance and can be both charming and delicately aristocratic. The pink wines are very popular, both in the U.K’. and France, and a range of these is now made. Nowadays the pink wines are by no means as dry as they used to be, catering to popular taste. Sweetish white wines, made by the action of Botrytis cinerea, are produced south of Angers at Bonnezeaux, Coteaux du Layon, Quart de Chaume and the Coteaux de 1’Aubance, as well as some dry wines, made from the Chenin Blanc grape. Savennieres, on the Coteaux de la Loire, makes very good whites, both dry and slightly sweet. Around Saumur, dry white still, petillant and sparkling wines are made; there are also the reds of Saumur-Champigny from the Cabernet Franc.