The river Aubance is a small tributary of the Loire that runs north direction until it turns west heading for Brissac-Quincé. From here it continues, turning slowly west before draining into the Louet, an extension of the Loire river that finds its way to Chalonnes-sur-Loire. The river’s erosion has not created a long string of southerly slopes like that of Coteaux du Layon, but here Juigne sur Loire there are smaller hills embedded with a kaleidoscope of slate colours. The sweet wines are Chenin Blanc based, and with development of noble rot brought on by the river Aubance’s mist. One, if not the best, domaine in this predominantly sweet white wine appellation, is Domaine Montgilet, and although Chenin sweet wine is their specialty, the vineyards are rounded out with Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay, Grolleau and Cab Franc all planted on slate packed soils, with their oldest vines now surpassing 90 years. Minimum invasion of the process and no pesticides are used with cover crop between the vines and diligent pruning to achieve the ultimate concentration. The grapes are always picked by hand at harvest time to ensure the finest ripening and “tries” of up to seven passes are quite the norm. Proprietors Vincent and Victor Lebreton are indeed at the top of their game, and this tiny appellation is indeed measure by their viticultural prowess.