Saumur Champigny Rouge "Lieu-Dit, Les Villaises"

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
The place named "Les Villaises" is in the commune of Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg south of Saumur. This commune has a very long tradition of making highly-reputed wines and many of the townspeople are winegrowers.
Terroir
Soil :
The lieu-dit "Les Villaises" has tufa (sandy glauconitic chalk from the middle Turonian stage of the Upper Cretaceous geological epoch) that was also to construct prestigious houses and châteaux on the banks of the Loire.
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. This soil absorbs excess precipitation in winter, and discharges it gradually in summer. Another characteristic of this terroir is its ability to store heat from the sun's rays and release it at night.

Sun exposure :
The lieu-dit "Les Villaises" is located at an altitude of 40-75 metres on gentle slopes with south by southwest sun exposure in Saint Cyr-en-Bourg. The landscape is fairly open.

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
Deep ruby-red colour. Generous bouquet of red fruit (strawberry jam), ripe black fruit (blackcurrant liqueur), and spices. Starts out full-bodied on the palate with a smooth texture thanks to elegant tannin and an elegant finish reminiscent of fresh red fruit.
Food pairing
This wine goes especially well with grilled or roast red meats, as well as roast poultry or poultry in a sauce. It is also delicious with a traditional pot-au-feu or bœuf bourguignon.