Veteran vigneron Paul Filliatreau took over 8 hectares of vines from his father Maurice at the age of 24 in 1967. Today, he is assisted by his daughter Christina and together they now preside over 45 hectares of vines in Saumur and Saumur-Champigny. All of their vine holdings are now cultivated organically and their wines are known for being fruit-accentuated and forward drinking. Their Château Fouquet Saumur wine hails from an 11 hectare parcel of Cabernet Franc vines in the highly-esteemed village of Brézé and is vinified in temperature-controlled vats to conserve its vivacity and freshness. With summer berry scents and a rounded palate of red and black fruit offset by supple tannins, it drinks well lightly-chilled and can be cellared for 5 or more years gaining complexity with bottle age.
Another seasoned supplier of Saumur is the excellent Cave de Saumur co-operative based in Saint-Cyren-Bourg just to the south of the town. Their bottle-fermented sparkling 'Saumur Mousseux Brut' is based on Chenin Blanc with 10% each of Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc that has a citrus-edged bouquet, lively mousse, orchard fruit flavours and a fresh finish. A rosé sibling 'Crémant de Loire' is made from a blend of 90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Grolleau and has a similar effervescence, a pretty pink hue and appealing raspberry and strawberry flavours. They also make very reliable still white and red Saumur from Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc respectively. The white has green-apple aromas and a supple stone-fruit palate with nervy mineral undertones. The red has summer pudding scents and ripe berry flavours with very gentle tannins. Both are extremely versatile and readily approachable on release.