There are only white on Cour-Cheverny appellation. All these whites are made from a single grape variety, which we meet nowhere else : Romorantin
A unique grape
Very original, this variety gives a lot of character and body to the wine. The soil often clayey-siliceous or clayey-calcareous suits particularly well. Cour-Cheverny wines have a lot of freshness and a surprising potential of ageing.
The vineyards of Cour-Cheverny are situated in the Loire Valley. The area of production extends over a surface of 60 ha on 11 municipalities of Loir-et-Cher (41). About twenty wine growers produce 2 300 hectoliters a year.
Located near Chambord, between the Loire River and the Sologne, the appellation Cour-Cheverny exploits all the profits to realize original wines, in limited quantities. Cour-Cheverny wines are looked for by the connoisseurs of rare wines.
The wine of Cour-Cheverny appellation is dry and lively and is characterized by a very big length in mouth. Pleasant in their youth, when it is tasted " on the fruit ", it is particularly capable of the ageing: its colour takes then golden reflections and its delicate flavors have notes of honey and locust tree. Cour-Cheverny wines can be also a medium sweet wine made from late-harvested grapes, after the first frosts.
In its youth, Cour-Cheverny served freshly (8-10 °) will pair with asparaguses, fishes, scallops and white meats. With the age, it will be ideal with young partridge, a lobster, even a beautiful slice of fried foie gras.
A little of History
Quite unique, Romorantin was introduced by Francois the 1st who made come in the Loire Valley 80000 vine stocks of Burgundy to plant them near the city of Romorantin, in the locality " Le Clos des Baunes " where often stayed Louise de Savoie, his mother. The legend wants that François the 1st wanted to build a castle in this place but it was Chambord … Of this dream, it would remain only a grape : Romorantin !
Today, the Cour-Cheverny appellation holds the exclusivity. This appellaton saw at first the name, in May, 1949, under the name " Mont-Près-Chambord - Cour-Cheverny " with 4 villages (Mont-Près-Chambord, Huisseau sur Cosson, Cheverny et Cour-Cheverny) for geographical area to return on the 11 municipalities of origin of the court of king, with the name of " Cour-Cheverny AOC " in March, 1993. The Romorantin grape finds on the siliceous soils of the vineyard all its potential of expression to give birth to a typical and original white wine. With an adapted specifications, the wine growers guarantee the typicality of the product.
You can meet the wine growers of this appellation on their domains (list of the wine growers) and also come to taste fifty wines of Cheverny AOC in a place where the majority of the wine growers are represented : the House of Wines of Chambord.