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Appellation within the area Anjou in the winegrowing region Loire which is named after the Loire tributary Layon. The area has been fruity since the 4th century Sweet wines famous. The area covers around 1,400 hectares of vines on slate and sandstone terraces in 27 communities along the river. The AOC applies to white wines that are 100% unmixed from noble rot (not mandatory) or at least overripe grapes of the variety Chenin Blanc (here Pineau de la Loire). The yield is limited to a maximum of 35 hl / ha, the alcohol content must be at least 11% vol, the residual sugar content at least 34 g / l.
Six municipalities can add their names, that is Beaulieu-sur-Layon (or Beaulieu), Faye-d'Anjou (Faye), Rablay-sur-Layon (Rablay), Rochefort-sur-Loire (Rochefort), Saint-Aubin- de-Luigné (Saint-Aubin) and Saint-Lambert-du-Lattay (Saint-Lambert). The yield is limited to a maximum of 30 hl / ha, the alcohol content must be at least 12% vol, the residual sugar content at least 34 g / l Sélection de grains classy (Beerenauslese or Trockenbeerenauslese) if the sugar content of the mash is over 294 grams / l (221 g / l for simple Coteaux du Layon and 238 g / l for the privileged communities).
Because of exclusive terroirs are the two independent appellations Bonnezeaux and Quarts de Chaume, The Chaume area (within the municipality of Rochefort-sur-Loire) has a special status. From the 2003 vintage, the wine was marketed under the AOC name Coteaux du Layon Chaume . However, this led to confusion and discussions, because there is also the independent AOC Quarts de Chaume in the municipality of Rochefort-sur-Loire. On the part of INAO a special regulation was then decided in 2011. Quarts de Chaume can be supplemented with "Grand Cru" and for Chaume there is the name Coteaux du Layon Premier Cru Chaume . For these three appellations, the yield is limited to a maximum of 25 hl / ha.