Chateau de Chaintres, Saumur-Champigny Rouge Vieille Vignes, 2018

$25.99

Really, really floral. Some chocolate and ripe strawberries on the palate ‚ a lot like Beaujolais, but with nice old-school grip. So much cassis, liquorice, chocolate and black fruit. Denser, long and really good.

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Chateau de Chaintres

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+). 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.

Chaintre 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.

Details

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Loire

  • Grape Variety

    Cabernet Franc

  • Vintage

    2018

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Style

    Fruity , Herbaceous , Spicy

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied