Thursday, 17 June 2010

Coteaux du Layon Chaume : A versatile alternative to Chateau D'Yquem

Chateau D'Yquem is well known and respected as one of the finest wines in the world, with a rich history of serving the great and the good, it is unsurpassed as far as the palates of many an expert would judge.

One slightly less well known wine is the Chaume from the Coteaux du Layon region of france.  nearby the Loire Valley area, and situated in the anjou district, most of the the wines from Loire have a farely acidic character, owing to geography and a rather marginal climate, wine growers in Loire always need to be concerned about the poor climate, as a nasty summer can result in excessive acidity in the soil, and a loss of the balance of sugar in the grapes.

The difference with grapes grown in the Coteaux du Layo region, is the improved climate and how it affects the levels of sweetness in the wine, increased levels of sun and warmth mean that the wine's vary in sweetness from semi sweet up to very sweet wines with a character similar to muscat.

The Chaume Variety of Coteaux du Layon in particular is a wine of interest, with a medium sweetness, it combines particularly well with several different foods and cheeses, and the inherent acidity in the Loire Soil ensure that that Coteaux du Layon wines are exceptionally long lived, with many years lasting for Decades after Bottling.

All in all Coteaux du Layon offers a highly versatile and drinkable wine, which, depending on the year, is surprisingly good value also.

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