The dry hillsides of Savennières lie perpendicular to the Loire. Their soils are composed of sandy shale, volcanic spilite, and some exposed rhyolites. On top of the slopes (the shelf) one finds siliceous soils that hold water well. On the lower slopes one finds Aeolian sand and sediment deposited by the ancient winds of the Quaternary glacial period.
The greatest wines of Savenniers are produced from Croix Picot, Bécherelle, Chamboureau, Rochepin, la Roche aux Moines et du clos du Papillon. The rocks and soils of these parcels face the Loire River with a magnificent southern exposure that lends to exceptional ripeness, body, and character in the wines.

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