Coteaux du Giennois Little Known Wines Great Value

Coteaux du giennois

CDGSo dry January is over and its time to restock the cellar. We thought that we would look at a great little vineyard with a fantastic provenance, what does this mean? Coteaux du Giennois (pro: co-d-jenwar). This is a little known appellation North-east of Sancerre and around the town of Gien, with the proximity to Sancerre there is no surprise that the wines are similar in style but at around two thirds of the cost. This offers some great wines at fantastic prices.

The Wines of the appellation are a crisp white, a dry rose and a fruity red.

White wine – 100% Sauvignon Blanc and offers a fruity dry white wine, a pale straw yellow in appearance. The nose has some minerality with floral and quince notes. this leads to bright citrus flavours with a crisp finish, great with goats cheese or chicken in a lemon sauce or just on its own! more info – 

Rose Wine – A blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay, a dry rose with plenty of fruit flavours, pale salmon in appearance. Fresh notes of peach and nectarine on the nose leading onto tart fruity flavours. A very refreshing wine. Great with seafood and shellfish with creamy sauces, perfect on a balmy summer evening on its own with good friends. More info –

Red Wine – A blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay. A medium bodied wine with a fantastic ruby red appearance. On the nose there are red and black berries and a gentle pepperiness. This leads onto subtle  flavours of black fruits and a generous finish. We like this wine a lot. Great with roast pork, barbecued duck, try it a little chilled in the summer! More info – 

A bit more information

The wine maker – Domaine Philippe Raimbault

Philippe Raimbault is a 9th generation winemaker. His family have been making outstanding wines since 1701.  He has been learning his craft since the age of 10, working closely with his grandfather and father for many years until he decided he wanted to make wines completely by himself after his father retired.  They produce wines in three appellation only from their own grapes. The càve and Sancerre vines are in our village of Sury en Vaux, about 6km from Sancerre. Pouilly Fumé vines are just the other side of the Loire River. The third appelation is Coteaux du Giennois, which is about 15km from the Pouilly Fumé vines. He has 16 hectares in total. Philippe is an award winning, hands-on, driven and passionate winegrower, striving to make the best wines possible.

Coteaux du Giennois has a total vine area of around 475 acres, about half of this is planted for white wine, 40% for red wine and the remaining 10% for Rose wine. This gives a total of around 450,000 of wine or 335,000 bottles if you prefer!


Soil: The vines are planted on silica or limestone soil There are also old Loire terraces at Gien and extensions of mainly Sancerre limestone geological formations to the east of the Cosne fault, and silica to the west, with tertiary flint deposits.

Climate: A temperate climate with a continental influence, this appellation is often at risk for spring frosts. The average yearly temperature is comparable to that of Sancerre. Average annual rainfall is 850 mm (33.5 inches), the highest in the Centre-Loire.


New Alcohol limits, are they fair or right?


Size matters!The Government have changed the limits with out any consultation to the drinks industry. Is this fair?

The new recommendations are amongst the lowest in Europe, is this now ‘Nanny State’ mentality or realistic advice?

The New Rules focuses on the limit for men down to that of women i.e. 2-3 units per day and a maximum of 14 units per week but now including not drinking on consecutive days and a total abstinence for pregnant women. Full guidance is at This also includes ‘In particular, stronger evidence is available that the risk of cancers, especially breast cancer, increases directly in-line with consumption of alcohol.’ But the limits for women not been changed?

Industry thoughts on the change are focused on the lack of consultation with the industry, the industry has worked with the government over the last 19 years to educate us on safe limits. The Wine and Spirit Association has shown that this education has helped reduce alcohol consumption by 19% over the last 10 years, that is contrary to the picture that the press paint! As to the health benefits, it is suggested that following these recommendations make your  chance of dying from an alcohol related disease less than 1% or about as dangerous as watching 1 hour of television a day or a couple of bacon sannies a week! A great article was published by Harpers through the following link –

So what are our thoughts? Well we are not experts or doctors but we have seen a bit of life! We also promote responsible drinking. As a career Policeman I have seen the effects of irresponsible drinking and in the same way that any addiction can destroy lives. YES, I do get fed up with being demonised because we sell and drink alcohol, good quality alcohol in our case. People baulk at buying a case of 12 bottles of wine for a month but that is just 3 bottles per week and usually shared between two, is that excessive if taken between Friday and Sunday with dinner, the government says yes! Yes whenever this is portrayed on the news they show some town centre on a Saturday night where people have been illegally served drink whilst already drunk, no action is taken against the night cubs or bartender, isn’t this where the problem lies? What are your thoughts?

John Tisshaw, Owner of Warlingham Wines