Saumur-Champigny "Lena"

2018
France
Loire

100% Cabernet Franc. For its entry-level red bottling, Filliatreau sources from Saumur-Champigny colleagues to augment their own certified-organic estate fruit. The vines average 45 years old and are harvested in part manually and in part mechanically. The bunches are destemmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks with a ten-day maceration. The wine is aged in tank on its fine lees until the spring following the vintage. It is named for proprietor Paul Filliatreau's wife.

90+ points
"This is the entry level bottling of Saumur-Champigny from the Filliatreau family, produced from both their own estate grown fruit and purchased grapes. Some of the grapes they purchase are machine harvested. The wine is fermented and raised in stainless steel tank. The 2018 version comes in at a pleasantly-ripe 13.5 percent octane and delivers a classic nose of red and black cherries, cigar wrapper, chalky soil tones, juniper berries and a nice touch of woodsmoke in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a juicy core of fruit, a bit of backend tannin, fine focus and grip and a long, nicely balanced finish. This is a very good bottle that is already quite tasty, but still has room to grow with a bit of time to further mellow out those backend tannins. Good juice. 2022-2045. "
John Gilman,
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SKU/Code: 
DB3819-18
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Cabernet Franc
Farming Type: 
Organic