Saumur Champigny Rouge "Lieu-Dit, Les Vignoles"

Story

The wine
A lieu-dit, or named place, encompasses a group of small plots of vines.
It comprises a unique terroir defined by its territorial, cadastral and historic unity.
The alchemy between the soil, topography, climate, and grape variety results in appellation contrôlée wines with a unique profile and outstanding quality. Respect for the terroir combined with the expertise of winegrowers who love what they do produces superb wines.
Situation
Les Vignoles is located on a plateau overlooking the Loire, where deep cellars have been carved out of solid rock. The commune of Turquant, where the place named "Les Vignoles" is located, has always been devoted to growing both mushrooms and vines.
Terroir
Soil :
The soil of this lieu-dit consists solely of carbonate formations (chalk) dating from the Turonian stage of the Upper Cretaceous geological epoch. The mostly shallow soil, with tender chalk at a depth of less than 60 cm, allows for moderate, but relatively regular water supply propitious to growing quality grapes.

Sun exposure :
The vineyard plots at Les Vignoles are located on a plateau bordered by a cliff overlooking the Loire. The vines grow on a gentle steep slope with south by south-west sun exposure.

Climate :
The Saumur Champigny appellation is in the middle of a region with a temperate oceanic climate. Moreover, the particularly warm microclimate in summer accounts for the origin of its name: campus igni or "field of fire" in Latin.
In the vineyard
Green pruning (bud thinning and leaf plucking) is done to enhance natural aeration, while sustainable agricultural methods are used to fight against fungal diseases.
Vinification
The grapes are totally destemmed. Fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats at 25°C. Light daily pumping over during the first third of alcoholic fermentation, followed by short maceration to extract just the right amount of flavour and tannin. Malolactic fermentation in our 25-metre-deep cellars.
Maturing
Aged for 6 to 10 months prior to bottling in galleries dug out of limestone tufa, away from light and variations in temperature.
Varietals
Cabernet franc : 100%

Advice

Tasting notes
Intense ruby-red colour and a beautifully intense nose with varietal character and hints of black fruit (cherry, blackcurrant) and spice (liquorice). Full-bodied and fresh on the palate, with plenty of depth and rich attractive tannin. Long aftertaste with mint and red fruit nuances.
Food pairing
Suggested food match: red and white meats.