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Saumur-Champigny La Chaintree

by Rene-Noel Legrand 2004

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Producer : Rene-Noel Legrand

Region : France (France), Loire (France)

Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, 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. This is a very pure expression of cabernet franc, showing chocolate, beautiful minerality and some riper herbal notes (nothing green here). Great structure and the balance here is excellent, which makes for a wine which is both intense, but light at the same time. The tannins are present, but ripe and well-coated. This is drinking beautifully now at 18 year old but can still age for many more. 

18/20 points - Cuisine et vins de France, Sept/Oct 2006

Highly recommended - Bettane & Desseauve 2008

Specs

Bottles Per Case 12 Pack
Cellaring Drink Now or Cellar
Sweetness Descriptor XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Rene-Noel Legrand
Region France (France), Loire (France)
Alcohol 12.5% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2004
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 100% Cabernet Franc
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $419.88

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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