VILLENEUVE Saumur-Champigny 2019
90 points “The well balanced vibrant 2019 is still young with smoky black fruit notes soft texture with ripe tannins and a long finish.” – Decanter
Saumur-Champigny is one of the Loire’s great reds. Château de Villeneuve makes three versions: this one Vieilles Vignes and Grand Clos. Jean-Pierre Chevallier – the estate’s fourth-generation winemaker – will only release Vieilles Vignes and Grand Clos when the quality is exceptional. That means that the classic domaine red this one often includes grapes from his best sites.
This organic and vegan-friendly red is made from Cabernet Franc grapes that are picked by hand from roughly 45-year-old vines. Matured in a combo of wooden vats concrete and stainless steel this juicy wine tastes like blackberries foraged from leafy hedgerows raspberry cherry pepper and smoky herbs like the waft of rosemary as you take the roast lamb out of the oven. It’s a wonderful alternative to Pinot Noir and can be sipped lightly chilled with barbeques in the summer or at room temperature with roasts stews and grills over the winter. This great value bottle will also continue to improve in the cellar for at least five years from the vintage maybe even more.
If you can avoid the allure of the region’s multiple mushroom museums head east along the Loire out of Saumur and you’ll discover Château de Villeneuve – one of an embarrassment of stunning properties in the area. This family-run estate has been making wine since 1577. With only 25 hectares of vines their wines are a rare treat to stumble across.
SKU No.: 3395204
Style No.: 864411
Grapes: Cabernet Franc
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.5%