Saumur Blanc 2014
The chalky soils and temperate climate of Saumur and Saumur Champigny are ideally suited to viticulture and vines have been cultivated here since Roman times.
The ever-dependable Cave de Saumur Co-opérative, based in Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg, has an unimpeachable track record of making keenly-priced, quality wines with plenty of varietal character and a fine sense of terroir. They have supplied us with failsafe bottlings of Chenin and Cabernet Franc (adorned, at our historic behest, with an eye-catching silhouette of Charles de Gaulle) for so long that they have, by merit and tenacity, effectively become our 'house' wines.
This superb Chenin Blanc, bottled under screwcap, has ripe apple aromas and a whistle-clean palate with a fresh, zesty finish. Chez Yapp, we usually keep a bottle on stand-by in the fridge and, more often than not, another on the go in the kitchen...
Vignerons de Saumur
At Saint Cyr-en-Bourg, just to the south-east of Saumur, the dynamic Vignerons de Saumur Cave Co-opérative has long been a source of really well-made and benignly priced wines. Their Saumur Blanc is a conrnerstone of the Yapp list without which we could barely function. The Cave also produces a versatile sparkling Chenin Blanc, a fine sparkling Crémant de Loire rosé and a supple, youthful red Cabernet Franc.
- White Wine, Dry (Sec), Light-bodied
- Loire, Saumur
- Vignerons de Saumur
- Grape variety (Cépage):
- Chenin Blanc
- Wine pairing - drink with:
- Olives, Smoked Fish, Thai Food
- This Saumur Blanc shows best when fairly young and should be drunk within 2-3 years of bottling.
- This wine undergoes a thoroughly modern vinification in large thermo-regulated stainless steel vats, prior to filtration and a Spring bottling.
- Alcohol by Volume (ABV):
What others think of this wine...
The Wine Gang - August 2015 says:This ultra-clean and characterful Chenin Blanc has been a staple on the Yapp list for years, and understandably so. Its lemon-drenched apple crunch has an energy and weight that epitomises what young nervy Chenin should be all about. 89/100.
Julia Harding MW - JancisRobinson.com, 10/07/2015 says:Chenin Blanc. Light notes of pear and white blossom. Not bone dry but tastes dry. Apple and pear fruit but it is creamy and refined with a lovely citrus clarity across the palate to a long fresh finish. Unexpected depth and richness. VGV (Very Good Value) – and I think it might do well after a couple more years in bottle if you like Chenin's more mature flavours of baked apple and honey. 16.5/20. Drink 2015-2018.
One Minute Review - Saumur Blanc
Jason Yapp reviews the white Saumur from the ever-reliable Cave de Saumur Co-opérative - dry and crisp, clean and unoaked Chenin Blanc with a minerally edge.