Saumur Blanc "Lena Filliatreau"


100% Chenin Blanc. From a combination of certified-organic estate fruit and some sourced fruit. Whole-cluster press; fermentation with native yeasts in tank; aged in tank on its fine lees until spring following the vintage. It is a dry style (hough there may be a gram or two of residual sugar in some vintages). The wine is named for owner-founder Paul Filliatreau's Swedish wife Lena. Paul F. ripped out most of the original Chenin vines back in 1990 to make room for more Cabernet Franc but in recent years planted 2 hectares of Chenin in Brézé, 10 kilometers east of Saumur near Filliatreau's Château Fouquet plot. 


92 points
"The Filliatreau’s chenin blanc vines hail from a two hectare parcel planted in the town of Brézé. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel and raised in tank. The 2019 version is quite pretty on both the nose and palate, with the bouquet offering up notes of 46 quince, crab apple, chalky minerality, citrus peel and a topnote of lanolin. On the palate the wine is vibrant, focused and full-bodied, with an excellent core of fruit, impressive mineral drive and cut, snappy acids and a long, balanced and complex finish that closes with excellent lift and bounce. This is outstanding Saumur Blanc! 2021-2030+. "
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, May-June 2021

Product Line: 
Chenin Blanc
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