This area overlooking the Loire has deep caves formerly used for human habitation. For a thousand years peasants dug into the local hillsides to create dwellings in the limestone rock known as tufa. The shallow soil of the vineyards, clay and silt sands of only about two feet in depth, repose on this carbonate formation of Turonian limestone In the wake of the resurgence in popularity of Riesling and the ever-growing demand for Sauvignon Blanc, we feel it only logical that a surge in popularity of the very under-appreciated Chenin Blanc grape cannot be far behind, particularly if you, the public, taste Chenin Blanc wines such as this Saumur.
We tasted it in an exhaustive 180-bottle tasting for our fall newsletter, and it clearly stood out and rivaled whites twice its price – with a pale gold color and glints of silver; a suave nose of ripe pear and white peach; flavors of honey, acacia, lime and a hint of flintiness, it exhibited excellent body, excellent acidity, great balance and fantastic value for the money. Only 4,000 cases of this wine are made each year. The average age of the vines in the 16 acre ‘Les Pouches’
|Fish with cream sauce, roast duck with peaches, Asian food, fresh goat’s cheese; also ideal as an aperitif wine.|