Saumur vs Chinon Pack
LOIRE'S SHOWPIECE VINEYARDS
LE PETIT SAINT VINCENT
In the small circle of elite producers in the heartland of Saumur-Champigny in Varrains, the lively, friendly and talented Dominique Joseph is impossible to miss. First, with five generations of growers on his father’s side and four generations on his mother’s, Dominique is grounded and deeply rooted. Then, with humility at heart, Pélo, as he likes to be called by his friends, is constantly reassessing his work in the vineyard and at the Domaine to improve the respect of his soils and wines. Fully organically farmed since 1992, the estate grows 12 hectares of vineyard perfectly located over 55 different locations. 99% of the vines are Cabernet Franc, with 0.3 hectares of Chenin Blanc, grown on some of the best terroirs of France. This is quintessentially Saumur-Champigny, quintessentially delicious.
- LE PETIT ST VINCENT - SAUMUR BLANC "LES PERRUCHETS" 2018 - $75
The "Les Perruchets" is a single vineyard of 0.3 hectares, ideally located on heavy limestone soils with clay and rocks on top. The bouquet is delicate, with notes of pear, almond skin, grapefruit and lemon rind. On the palate, it's a very lively wine built on a silky mineral structure. It can be drunk with spicy food, grilled trout or salmon, seafood and semi-firm cow cheeses. Drink now or keep in the cellar up to 2021+. 100% Chenin Blanc.
- LE PETIT ST VINCENT - SAUMUR-CHAMPIGNY "LES CLOS LYZIÈRES" 2016 - $59
The "Les Clos Lyzières" is a single vineyard ideally located meters away from the legendary "Les Poyeux" vineyard, with a south, southeast exposure to the sun. The bouquet opens up with dense black fruit, violet flower petals and wet forest floor, subtle leather notes which are multi-layered and deep. On the palate, the minerality goes on and melts into beautiful wild herbs and black fruit notes. There is a lot going on in this wine. It can be drunk for a barbecue, lamb cutlets or slow cooked lamb shoulder. Drink now or keep in the cellar up to 2026+. 100% Cabernet Franc.
- LE PETIT ST VINCENT - SAUMUR-CHAMPIGNY "LES POYEUX" 2015 - $70
"Les Poyeux" is a single vineyard ideally located with south exposure to the sun. Dominique Joseph has one hectare in "Les Poyeux" split into two vineyards growing on yellow sandy soils at the top of the slope and on clay and limestone in the lower part of the slope. The bouquet is powerful and opens up to notes of sage, wild flowers and black fruits. The palate is dense, yet vibrant with aromas of black fruits; wet forest arising from an otherwise mineral structure. This is very impressive indeed. It can be enjoyed at a barbecue, with lamb cutlets or slow cooked lamb shoulder. Drink now or keep in the cellar up to 2028+. 100% Cabernet Franc.
In 1983, Claude and Philippe took over the Domaine from Philippe’s father, with a clear mission to extend the Domaine and get the best out of their vineyards. The Alliet family continues that endeavour today. Claude and Philippe have begun passing their knowledge on to their son, Pierre. The three of them spend all year in the vineyards, cultivating the vines precisely to get low yields of grapes and concentrated flavours. They grow their entire 18 hectares of vineyard organically.
- DOMAINE PHILIPPE ALLIET - CHINON BLANC 2017 - $65
This beautiful Chinon Blanc is from a young vineyard, just 10 years old, and is planted on limestone soil. The nose displays lovely fresh fruit flavours such as pear, apple and some refined mineral notes. The palate is vibrant, fresh and finishes on subtle spices and fruits. It is exceptional with seafood, goat cheese and as an aperitif. Drink now or it will age well until 2025 and beyond. 100% Chenin Blanc. Only 2,500 bottles produced.
- PHILIPPE ALLIET - CHINON "L'HUISSERIE" 2016 - $65
From one of the most impressive producers of Chinon, Domaine Alliet, the Huisserie vineyard is located uphill, on a premier slope in Cravant-les-Côteaux. The soil is composed of yellow limestone (tuffeau) on the surface and clay and flint below. The grapes ripen perfectly in this south facing vineyard. The nose is full, complex and defining a pure and elegant profile with notes of red berries, light pepper and forest trees. The taste is medium bodied, refreshing and refined with firm tannins. It can be paired with game dishes, beef stew and strong cheeses. This amazing wine could be cellared for more than ten years. However, you can drink it sooner by decanting for 45 minutes before serving. 100% Cabernet Franc.
- PHILIPPE ALLIET - CHINON "COTEAU DE NOIRÉ" 2016 - $79
The Coteau de Noiré is the top cuvée of Domaine Alliet. The grapes originate from a single plot of vineyard, ideally located on the slope of the Chinon hill. The grapes ripen perfectly in this south facing vineyard. This wine is widely considered by critics to be in the pantheon of Chinon wines; the nose is full and complex with notes of dark fruit, fresh coffee beans, subtle vanilla and pepper. The taste is full bodied and refined with firm tannins. It can be paired with game dishes, beef stew and strong cheeses. This amazing wine could be cellared for more than ten years. However, you can drink this wine sooner by decanting for 45 minutes before serving. 100% Cabernet Franc.