Saumur-Champigny "La Grande Vignolle" (Non-Filtré)

2020
France
Loire

100% Cabernet Franc. From 45-year-old, certified-organic estate vines from a 6-hectare vineyard called La Grande Vignolle. The lieu-dit is on a chalk cliff on calcareous clay soils, set back from the Loire River on a high plateau at the northern limit of the Saumur-Champigny appellation. The bunches are destemmed; fermentation is with native yeasts in stainless steel; maceration is around 20 days; aging is in steel tank for about 10 months before bottling. Decades ago, importers Joe Dressner and Denyse Louis requested that Grande Vignolle be left unfiltered for the American market, and the legend lives on in the bottle and on the label. 

 

92+ points
"The 2020 la Grande Vignolle bottling from Domaine Filliatreau is beautifully expressive and suavely red fruity on the nose this year, offering up a fine constellation of cherries, pomegranate, cigar wrapper, a lovely base of tuffeau soil tones, hints of both menthol and tree bark and a gently floral topnote redolent of peonies. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and complex, with fine core and soil signature, ripe tannins and a long, nicely balanced and nascently complex finish. As I tasted this right off of the boat, it is understandably still quite young, but it has impressive depth, length and complexity and will be a superb bottle of SaumurChampigny with just a bit of bottle age. As it is sealed with a synthetic cork, it may come forward fairly briskly, once it settles in from its voyage. In a pinch, I would have no trouble drinking it now, but it is still pretty youthful! 2022-2035+. "
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, May-June 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB0017-20
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Cabernet Franc
Farming Type: 
Organic