The range at Domaine du Fresche is diverse, with Alain making around a dozen wines each vintage. This is a reflection of both the grape varieties planted and the appellations that encompass the vineyards that surround La Pommeraye. The white wines are based on Chenin Blanc, although there is a little Pinot Gris here too (known locally as Malvoisie). As is normal with Chenin in the Loire, the grape is fashioned into a number of different styles which include a Cremant de la Loire (sparkling), a dry Anjou Blanc and, when conditions allow, three individual sweet wines. Given that La Pommeraye sits just outside of Coteaux du Layon region, they take the name of the relatively obscure Anjou-Coteaux de la Loire appellation instead. There are only a handful of growers here and production is tiny (in 2008, only 28 hectares were in production), which also ensures that pricing is relatively modest in comparison to its better known neighbor. Alain also produces a pair of Rosés, one dry and one demi-sec, using Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and the locally known Grolleau. The three different reds are produced from either Gamay or Cabernet Franc. View all Domaine du Fresche Wines
About LoireChenin Blanc, Muscadet and Sauvignon Blanc. For reds, Cabernet Franc takes center stage but the region also has plantings of Pinot Noir and Gamay. The AC of Cremant de Loire is popular – these are the sparkling wines of the Loire, usually made with Chenin Blanc.
Notable FactsAs for which grapes you find in which regions… Starting on the Atlantic Coast and moving east - Muscadet hails from the region of the same name, within the larger Nantes district, right on the Atlantic coast. The wines are dry, citrusy and pleasant, but rarely powerful or intensely aromatic. Just inland from Nantes is Anjou-Samur, home to Savennières, an excellent source of dry Chenin Blanc. To the east is Touraine, where you'll find the popular white region of Vouvray - Chenin Blanc shines in Vouvray, which can be dry, off-dry or sweet – the majority of those found in the states are a lovely and food-friendly off-dry. In the same district, Cabernet Franc makes delicious, delicate and elegant reds from Bourguil and Chinon. Finally, in the Upper Loire area, Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé turn out Sauvignon Blancs of razor sharp acidity and minerality.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.