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Chateau de Chaintres Saumur Blanc Les Genets 2020


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Immensely enjoyable. Mineral driven, medium-bodied bone dry chenin.
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Chateau de Chaintres has the terroir: classic tuffeau chalk, clay-limestone, and sandy soils right in the heart of the appellation. They have old vines (50+ years). They have a new winemaker devoted to biodynamics, who worked on many of our favorite Loire Valley wines as the right-hand man at Philippe Gilbert.

Chaintres makes two cuvées, an old vine and a basic Saumur-Champigny. They're from similar terroirs, and they're both made with a light touch and minimal sulfur (only at bottling to keep the wine stable for shipping).

Sure enough, the wines have a lot in common. Both are fresh, have beautiful fruit and floral notes (like crushed roses), with earthy undertones. Both have integrated tannins that don't get in the way of enjoyment of the wine.

But the old vines dig really deep, giving us much more of the terroir. There’s a salty, savory edge to this wine, a hint of licorice complexity. And there’s more… of everything. More of the cassis. More of the crushed roses. More dark fruit and more earth. More nose, more density and more length.

What importer Rosenthal Wine Merchant has to say about this wine...

Made from Chenin Blanc planted in an especially flint-heavy sector of the estate’s clos, “Les Genêts” spends a brief six months in stainless steel on its fine lees and is bottled “on the fruit” with minimal sulfur. It leads with a bracingly crystalline nose of blasted rock and finely articulated orchard fruits laced with lemon zest, and offers a palate of nervy mineral grip and bright, clean, floral-tinged fruit.


  • Grape Variety

    Chenin Blanc

  • Vintage


  • Size


  • Farming Practice


  • Style

    Earthy , Fruity , Minerally

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Light Bodied

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