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SAUMUR

Production Region

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Saumur became a Huguenot stronghold under King Henry IV. By the 12th century, it was a major centre for wine trading, thanks largely to its excellent geographical location and geological conditions. Saumur rosé is a 'tender' (just off-dry) rosé. It tends not to have the edge of sweetness characteristic of Cabernet d'Anjou, its Anjou counterpart, and can be served throughout any meal. Its 'tender' character is reflected in roundness on the attack and flavours of citrus and fresh fruit. The Saumur area incorporates the very best conditions for producing sparkling wine. Fresh wine is made from grapes grown on the slopes, and readily takes on a light sparkle; cellars for maturing the wine are dug directly into the tuffeau hillsides, and, at the foot of the hill, the river Loire waits to transport the wines to their final destination.

Climate

Clima

Temperate oceanic climate. A continental influence on the plots furthest from the Loire

Soil type

Chalky limestone tuffeau.
Dark schist soils ("Anjou Noir")

Varietals

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Red : cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon et pineau d’aunis

White : chenin

Colour(s) and Style(s)

Dry white, red, rosé, sparkling (white-rosé)

Annual Production*

131 900 hl

or around 17 586 667 bottles

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Producteurs

450

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Basic Yield

White : 60 hl/ha

Reds and rosés : 57 hl/ha

rendement

Conservation

6°-18°

elevage 2-15 years

White 10°
Red 16° - 18°
Rosé : 8°
Sparkling 6°-8°

Whites 5 à 15 years
Reds 5 years
Rosés are best enjoyed young
Sparklings 2 - 3 years

Food and Wine Parings

Menu
Aperatif

with a saumur rosé

Charcuterie

 

with a saumur-brut

Canapés

Starter

with a saumur rosé

Crudités

Mixed salads

Main Course

with a saumur white

Fish

White meat

Poultry dishes in cream sauce

 

with a saumur red

Grilled fish in redwine

Red meat

Chicken: spit roast or poached

 

with a saumur rosé

Grilled meats

 

with a saumur-brut

Seafood and shellfish

White meats served in sauce

Cheese

with a saumur white

Firm cheeses (Comté, abondance, beaufort,…)

with a saumur red

Desert

with a saumur-brut

Degustation
Look

White: Light in colour with intense green or yellow highlights

Rosé: Clear, shimmering salmon pink with hints of pale rose

Red: Clear, deep reddish purple with glints of ruby Sparkling

White: Translucent with  hints of straw-  yellow and grey,  and a glimmer  of gold

Rosé: Salmon pink with  cherry highlights

Nose

White: White fruit compote and white flowers

Rosé: Red berries (strawberries and redcurrants), rose and peach

Red: Red berry aromas with an earthy touch of forest floor Sparkling:

White: White fruit, lemon balm,  hazelnuts and  lmonds,  with a hint of toast and  vanilla

Rosé: Juicy red berries

Palate

White:  Elegant, fresh, harmonious and well-balanced

Rosé: Soft, fresh and rounded - easy-to-drink. Notes of red berries and tropical fruit

Red: Supple and expressive with elegant  annins

Sparkling:

White: Fine, elegant  and fresh Rosé: show a good  hint of tannin

* Annual average over the last 5 years

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