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2021 Saumur Champigny ‘ Les Menais’, Fabien Duveau, Loire

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Looking for that perfect light red for Spring? Then I don’t think you’ll find a better wine than this.

Domaine Fabien Duveau is based in Saumur Champigny. Fabien is the 8th generation to run the family winery and took over the reins in 2008. His time in charge has coincided perfectly with the shift in taste for a more subtle and elegant style of red, something that Loire Cabernet Franc can do incredibly well if in the right hands. Located in the village of Chacé, this Domaine has over 40 single plots consisting of both Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc with each plot offering a slightly different terroir and individual style of wine. The soils here mainly consist of a local limestone known as tuffeau with a topsoil of clay and Fabien has overseen the organic conversion of all his vineyards.

If this viticultural change isn’t exciting enough then wait until you here about the vinification. All Fabien’s wines are produced in a cave dug in the 14th century and its humidity and constant chill make it perfect for wine making and ageing. Cooler fermentation allows red wines to become more complex whilst keeping alcohol levels in check and the balance of these wines proves that. Fermentation and ageing occurs in concrete with some ageing also in neutral oak barrels.

Grapes are sourced from ‘Les Menais’, a vineyard about half a mile north from the winery and a mix of limestone and clay. Fermented with natural yeast in concrete tank it’s aged in the same vessel for eight months. The nose is incredibly pretty with delicate aromas of juicy strawberry and cranberry but just a tiny hint of earthiness to make things more interesting. So smooth and silky on the palate, ensure you make no plans for the afternoon if tackling a bottle over lunch…as a second bottle may need to be cracked open!

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