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Saumur-Champigny La Chaintree by Rene-Noel Legrand 2001

Saumur-Champigny La Chaintree

by Rene-Noel Legrand 2001

Producer : Rene-Noel Legrand

Region : France (France), Loire (France)

Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Ham, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables

Tasting Notes

A selection of the best plots from 35 to 50-year-old vines, La Chaintree is aged 24 months in neutral 500L oak barrels.

“We find here the same righteousness and freshness that in the Rogelins, but with a more discreet tannic grain, a more open fruit. The palate is balanced. This winemaker has a real idea of what are the elegance and nuance in the cabernet franc.” - Four Stars - Revue des Vins de France 2003

97 points - Verema, Feb 2018

Specs

Bottles Per Case 12 Pack
Point Score 97
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Rene-Noel Legrand
Region France (France), Loire (France)
Alcohol 12.5% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2001
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 100% Cabernet Franc
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Ham, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $359.40

The Producer

Rene-Noel Legrand

The estate comprises 14 hectares of Cabernet Franc and one hectare of Chenin Blanc planted along gentle slopes and hillsides of Saumur, Dampierre, Chacé, Varrains and Champigny.

These are some of the greatest terroirs of Saumur, rooted to the beneficial clay and limestone soils of the Cretaceous period formed nearly 90 million years ago. Tempered by Atlantic breezes, warmer winters and cooler summers keep this microclimate from experiencing temperature extremes.

Their vines average roughly 45 years of age, with the oldest vineyards planted in 1927.

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