Saumur-Champigny "Les Sables," Ch. de Chaintres
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Saumur-Champigny "Les Sables," Ch. de Chaintres - 2021

Item # 41090 750mL

The Château de Chaintres itself is stunning: a mid-17th-century mansion that combines bucolic charm and gentle majesty in a manner quite particular to this part of the Loire. Les Sables is the estate’s primary cuvée of Cabernet Franc. The grapes are hand harvested and fully destemmed before fermenting with native yeasts in steel tanks.

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Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard. Certified in the country of origin.

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Chateau de Chaintres is a seventeenth-century mansion deep in the Saumur-Champigny region. As I have grown to love the grape variety Cabernet Franc, this has become one of my absolute favorite regions for flavorful and affordable wine. Winemaker Jean-Philippe Louis delicately crafts this cuvée, resting it both stainless-steel tanks and terracotta jars before spending 8 months aging in primarily neutral oak.The fruit flavors are mature, landing somewhere between plum and cassis berry. The minerality was expectedly great, coming from the limestone rich soil of Loire. A subtle spice of clove lingers on a truly elegant finish. A perfect wine choice for cheese and hors d'oeuvre or a bistro lunch. But I am taking this home again tonight to pair with spicy stuffed peppers.

- EC



There’s a lot to remember when it comes to the Loire. Novices, take note: Cabernet Franc is a great alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscadet is unparalleled as a companion to shellfish, and Cour Cheverny is the best white wine appellation you’ve never heard of. As diverse as Loire wines are, one day soon you'll know your Melon de Bourgogne from your Romorantin.

Cabernet Franc

Relegated to moderate obscurity in modern times, Cabernet Franc is in fact the proud parent of the attention-hogging Cabernet Sauvignon (after an illicit affair with Sauvignon Blanc a hundred-odd years ago). Cabernet Franc has remained close to its roots in France, enjoying small pockets of popularity primarily in the Loire Valley (specifically in Chinon), where it is often bottled as a varietal wine, and in Bordeaux where it is still used in moderate percentages in the typical blends. In fact,...

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