Vielles Vignes Saumur-Champigny, 2016
Taste Profile Where it's from
Pascale Lavigne and husband Antoine Veron run this 38 hectare biodynamic property in the Loire Valley. Cabernet Franc is the grape here, with its characteristic bright, sappy, leafy red and black fruit flavours much admired in the restaurants of Paris. Made in an unoaked style, this Saumur-Champigny has plenty of lift, freshness and a smooth tannic structure that goes beautifully with meat dishes. - Andy Howard MW
About the Wine
This domaine is run by Pascale Lavigne and her husband, Antoine Véron. Based in Varrains in Saumur-Champigny, They own 38 hectares (36 hectares of Cabernet Franc and 2 of Chenin) which they cultivate sustainably and have a solid reputation for producing quality wines.
The domain has been proactively involved in a weather tower project, which has endeavoured to help the entire Saumur appellation. The aim is to keep the treatments used in the vineyards to a minimum, due to accurate forecasting and prevention of damaging rains and fogs.
By growing grasses and plants between the vines to naturally control weeds they help the conservation of the soil and soil water management, and reduces the need for weed killers.
This wine was made in an unoaked style which really allows the purity of the fruit to shine through.
Goes well with
The smooth, slightly earthy taste of Cabernet Franc goes very with rich game dishes and red meats with rich sauces. Try with a vension stew with juniper and star anise or a duck and cherry pie.
This wine can also be served slightly chilled, between 12°-14°C, and some argue it is best this way.
Vielles Vignes Saumur-Champigny
|Grapes||Cabernet Franc 100%|
|Organic / Biodynamic||No / No|
|Vegetarian / Vegan||Yes / Yes|
|Volume||750ml (Full bottle)|