Saumur Rouge 2014
The chalky soil of Saumur provides excellent drainage making it an ideal area for viticulture. The Romans were the first to exploit the region's winemaking potential but it declined with the fall of the Roman Empire. From 1066, monks began to replant vines and the first recorded shipment to England was in 1194. During this era, land around Saumur out-priced that in Champagne.
The Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg co-operative has been critical in augmenting the appellation's success with its 200+ members producing about 30% of the region's wine.
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.
- Red Wine, Dry (Sec), Medium-bodied
- Loire, Saumur
- Vignerons de Saumur
- Grape variety (Cépage):
- Cabernet Franc
- Wine pairing - drink with:
- This red Saumur wine drinks well from bottling and can be enjoyed for up to 2-3 years from vintage.
- The harvest is generally late in summer, due to its northerly location, usually in early October. For the Saumur rouge, the Cabernet Franc grapes are de-stemmed, crushed and left on the skins for up to two weeks at a temperature of 28°C. After ageing in underground vats, the finished wine is normally bottled about a year after the vintage.
- Alcohol by Volume (ABV):
One Minute Review - Saumur Rouge
Bianca Ford reviews the Saumur Rouge from the Vignerons de Saumur - 100% cabernet franc, a perfect summer wine ideal lightly chilled and served with barbecues.