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Cosne at the heart of five AOCs!

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Cosne at the heart of five AOCs!

Pouilly-Fumé, Sancerre, Pouilly-sur-Loire, Coteaux du Giennois… nothing but the best vintages from the vineyards of the Upper Loire Valley!

These names have taken the reputation of our region far beyond our borders. They add character to the cuisine of the Nivernais, which is rich in high-quality natural products: from Crottin de Chavignol goat's cheese to fish from the Loire, game from the Puisaye woods and Nivernais beef and mutton...

Invitation to the vineyards

The Upper Loire Valley is home to no fewer than four Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC, protected designation of origin) wines: Coteaux du Giennois, Pouilly-sur-Loire and Pouilly-Fumé on the right bank, and Sancerre on the left. These wonders of flavour are an integral part of our local produce.

Planted in the Gallo-Roman period, the vineyards were only recognised as such in the twelfth century, thanks to the religious communities who developed them: the Cistercian abbey of Saint-Loup and the Villemoison Templars' commandery for the Coteaux du Giennois, the "loge aux moines" (monks' lodgings) at the Benedictine priory of La Charité for Pouilly and the abbey of Saint-Satur for Sancerre.

Under the patronage of St Vincent, the "confréries" or winemakers' associations take on the task of stimulating and promoting the quality of the vintages. With their festivals and events, they maintain local traditions. For example, the associations of the Pouilly and Sancerre vineyards, located on either side of the Loire, come together on the bridge at Pouilly or Saint-Thibault in full regalia to declare: "Water divides us, wine unites us".

Coteaux du Giennois

Pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and gamay are the three varieties that come together here to give fruity, fine wines in white, red and rosé. The whites can be identified by their aromas of quince and white flowers. In the reds, the dainty, fragrant aspect of the pinot noir and the vivacity of the gamay are perfectly balanced. The aromas of red fruits evolve into venison notes. The rosés have subtle peppery accents.

The vineyards lie on the banks of the Loire, in Nièvre and Loiret. The appellation area covers almost 200 hectares.


The star here is the Pouilly-Fumé. A dry and fruity white wine, grown on a soil composed of Kimmeridgian marls, hard limestone and flint, this sauvignon is characterised by the complexity of its palette, and particularly its "gunflint" aromas.


Pouilly-sur-Loire, its little brother, is derived from the Chasselas grape. Lighter and more refreshing, it is quaffable and easy to drink, but nonetheless a wine of character that has not neglected finesse.

The two vineyards stretch from Pouilly to the Nohain valley. The appellation covers 1220 hectares, including 35 of Pouilly-sur-Loire.


Two varieties reign here. Pinot noir, from neighbouring Burgundy, which gives Sancerre red, a tender summer wine, and Sancerre rosé. Light, fragrant wines.

Sauvignon on the other hand, for Sancerre white, gives a fresh, fruity wine to be drunk young. It has a profound and unforgettable affinity with Crottin de Chavignol goat's cheese, another of our AOCs!

The vineyard stretches along the banks of the Loire to the east of Bourges. The appellation covers 2770 hectares.


The whites, young and fruity, are suitable for seafood, fish, hot appetisers that are not too spicy, Crottin de Chavignol. They can be drunk chilled as an aperitif.

The reds and rosés, light and fragrant, go perfectly with poultry and meat.


Discover the fifth AOC, Crottin de Chavignol

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