Antoine Sanzay Saumur-Champigny La Paterne
The freshest and most aromatic version of a Cabernet Franc
Style Antoine Sanzay Saumur-Champigny La Paterne 2020
Characteristics Antoine Sanzay Saumur-Champigny La Paterne
In 1957, a hundred winegrowers from the Loire Valley joined together to form the Syndicat des producteurs de Saumur-Champigny. This site, located between the Loire, the Thouet and the Fontevraud forest (in the northwest of France), became an Appellation d'Origine Controllé (A.O.C) which is now home to 1,600 hectares of vineyards between the villages of Chacé, Montsoreau, Parnay, Saumur, Souzay-Champigny, Turquant, Varrains, Dampierre-sur-Loire and Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg.
Antoine Sanzay, a winemaker who has managed to position himself as one of the most promising winemakers in the region, produces wines from the latter area. His story began in 1999, when he took over the family’s 11 hectares. Until now, all their grapes were sold to the local cooperative; but everything changed in 2013, when Antoine Sanzay decided to start making his own wines. To make his wines, this vigneron relies on Cabernet Franc, a grape native to the area that grows on white and soft soils, where tuffeau (porous limestone) predominates, which in this area becomes much more yellow and sandy, leading to lighter wines. The red wines of the A.O.C. Saumur-Champigny also deserve a special mention, because they manage to showcase the most fragrant and refreshing version of Cabernet Franc.
The grapes used to make Antoine Sanzay Saumur-Champigny La Paterne come from the four hectares of vineyards located in Varrains, Chacé and St-Cyr-en-Bourg. The vines, planted in 1985, grow at an altitude of 80 metres above sea level and are organically cultivated. Sometimes the plants have to cope with cool winters (with frost) and hot, dry summers. Harvesting, which takes place during a week in mid-September, is manual, in small boxes, and the bunches are carefully selected before processing.
When the Antoine Sanzay Saumur-Champigny La Paterne grapes reach the winery, they are destemmed and transferred to concrete vats (where they undergo fermentation with native yeasts). In this process, which is not influenced by any kind of additive, only a small amount of sulphite is added so that the wine can stand up for itself and cope with the 30 days of maceration it will be subjected to. After this time, Antoine Sanzay Saumur-Champigny La Paterne is aged for 9 months in concrete tanks. And that’s it. Antoine Sanzay Saumur-Champigny La Paterne is bottled unfiltered and unclarified, revealing the most flamboyant side of this variety.
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Tasting notes Antoine Sanzay Saumur-Champigny La Paterne
Antoine Sanzay Saumur-Champigny La Paterne 2019 is a smooth red, the result of an excellent year. The spring frosts (where 40% of the harvest was lost) almost ruined this wine that is lively on the nose with fruity aromas. On the palate, you can feel the hours of sunshine and the heat of the remaining months, with bloody notes on the palate. There are also rich and velvety tannins. Dense and energetic. Slightly astringent. Fresh finish.