Saumur Champigny: Domaine Filliatreau 'Vieilles Vignes' 2016
Big, bountiful, gastronomic Cabernet Franc - a rich and powerful wine displaying herbaceous aromas. It has a wonderful core of ripe cassis flavours and a fine structure of tannins. It should be decanted before drinking and can mature happily for up to a decade. Indeed, we are so enamoured of it that we ship it in bottles and magnums to cover (almost) every conceivable occasion!
"...the imperial Vieilles Vignes - a mesmerising and peerless glimpse of what Loire Cabernet Franc is capable of." Matthew Jukes - '100 Most Iconic Wine Estates'.
The Filliatreaus' flagship wine, the terrific 'Vieilles Vignes' is made from a parcel of octogenerian vines that yield a strapping dark, earthy wine with a wealth of dark fruit flavours.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Loire, Saumur Champigny|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Cabernet Franc|
|Food & Wine Matching||Lamb, Mushrooms|
|Cellarage||Drinking well now but will age gracefully for 7 to 10 years, especially in magnums.|
|Vinification||The grapes are picked by hand and are macerated for 30 to 35 day in thermo-regulated, stainless steel vats. Rémontage occurs twice a day and the temperature is maintained at 25 to 27 degrees C. The wine is then fermented at 33 degrees C. in order to extract the maximum colour.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
The Filliatreaus are renowned for having modernised winemaking in the Saumur and Saumur Champigny regions, producing vibrant wines with excellent fruit characteristics. Their wines are extremely popular on the Paris restaurant market and increasingly well known around the world. Yapp Brothers have been importing Filliatreau wines since 1976.
"I love this property and all of its wines. Cabernet Franc, from warmer vintages in the Loire, can rival the great red wines of France, but they never trouble the credit card. Perhaps a little unfortunate for the Domaines here, but a wondrous jackpot for those of us who know this secret. How many other regions in the world retail their greatest labels for less than twenty quid? Buy all you can and only tell people you love about the stellar wines at Filliatreau."
Matthew Jukes, Moneyweek.
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