Appellation on the upper course of the Loire
in the north of Sancerre
, The name is derived from the city of Gien. The former VDQS Côtes de Gien was only classified in 1998. It covers around 180 hectares of vines on limestone and flint soils. Of the 16 communes, eight in the Nièvre department have the right to be called Coteaux du Giennois Cosne-Sur-Loire
. Around 70% fruity and rather tannic red wines as well as rosé wines from Gamay and Pinot Noir (max. 80% each) are blended. The white wines are made from Sauvignon Blanc. Well-known producers are Joseph Balland-Chapuis, René Berthier and Paul Paulat.