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