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Staff Pick

Saumur Blanc, Ch. du Hureau - 2016

Item # 25599 750mL
$24.96/ Single Bottle
$299.52 $269.57/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

A dry yet luscious Chenin Blanc with a solid streak of minerality. This domaine is one of the top producers in the region, the château has been in the family for generations, and today, is run by fifth generation vigneron Philippe Vatan and his daughter Agathe.


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Staff Pick Notes

This is one of those amazing wines that over delivers. It takes your expectations of a $20.00 white wine to a place of no return. The nose transports you to running barefoot through sandy, peach tree lined beaches. Grabbing soft ripe fruit from earthy branches, white skin tinged with crimson-crusted sun spots and salty ocean air. The Saumur Blanc, Ch. du Hureau tastes like melting into an old rocking chair perched upon a wraparound porch on a warm summer night. Crickets singing, cloaking your sun soaked shoulders up into the corner of a warm blanket. Scooping spoonfuls from a bowl of pineapple sherbet.

- HG

About the Producer

This historic property is considered one of the top producers in Saumur-Champigny. The château has been in the family for 5 generations, and today, is run by Philippe Vatan. The estate is located four miles east of Saumur and 15 miles west of Chinon. Though the Loire Valley is replete with historical castles, a wine-producing château is actually a rarity. True to form, the Hureau estate comes...

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