This small domaine is turning out delicious, well balanced wines from Chenin Blanc, both still and sparkling. The secret to their Chenin wines is the balance between ripe fruit, acidity and residual sugar.
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|Saumur Brut Rose|
|Méthode Traditionnelle. This sparkling rosé is made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes planted on limestone soil with grass growing between the rows. It is from a single vintage.|
The grapes are destemmed and macerate for 24 hours at 16° C, in order to preserve the freshness of the aromas. The wine is vinified and aged in stainless steel tanks. The malolactic fermentation is blocked, in order to keep the vivacity of the wine. Total acidity is a crisp 4.90 grams/liter. After an élévage on fine lees, a final dosage of 0.9 grams sugar/liter is added, giving 5 grams of RS per liter.
Delicate and fresh bouquet of red fruits. It is perfect as an aperitif and pairs beautifully with calf liver sautéed with raspberries and deglazed with balsamic vinegar. It is superb with savory/sweet pairings like melon and prosciutto. The perfect balance between raspberry fruit and firm acidity makes this sparkler a problem-solver at the table.
|Saumur Blanc - Elegance|
|100% Chenin blanc.|
This dry white is made in a style which the French call Sec Tendre. In other words, dry, but not harshly so, tender. A very easy to drink, fruity Chenin Blanc.
|Saumur Brut - Methode Traditionelle|
|This sparkling wine from the western Loire is labeled Methode Traditionnelle as it is produced with the same high-quality methods as Champagne. The wine is 70% Chenin Blanc and 30% Chardonnay, each varietal vinified separately at very cool temperatures to capture the delicate aromas. As with true Champagne, the second fermentation occurs in the bottle. The bottles are left 15 months sur lattes (on the fine lees) before disgorging, which develops levels of complexity not usually found in wines from this region. It is a big, forcefully fruity style of sparkling wine with great acidity. It is brilliant as an aperitif, with shellfish dishes and cream sauces. |
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