Château Yvonne, La Folie, Saumur Champigny, France
- 100% Cabernet Franc
Located in Parnay, Chateau Yvonne has been surrounded by vineyards since the middle ages, when the monks at the Abbaye de Fontevraud brought their influence to the region. The Chateau dates to the 16th century, but not much is known until 1813, when a local winemaker moved in and began pro- ducing wine on site. In 1997, Yvonne et Jean-François Lamunière decided to recreate the abandoned vineyard with the help of Françoise Foucault. In 2007, Mathieu Vallée took over, and decided to keep the name Chateau Yvonne in hommage to the incredible work done by the previous owners. Today the domaine is one of the best producers in Saumur, composed of 3 hectares of Chenin Blanc and 8 hectares of Cabernet Franc, farmed organic since 1997 and biodynamic since 2012.
Biodynamically farmed and certified organic. 100% Cabernet Franc. La Folie comes from plots in the village of Champigny itself with vines ranging from 15-50 years in age. Clay and limestone soils. Hand-harvested.
Native yeast fermentation with no addi-tions in 50 hl concrete vats for 4 weeks. Aged for 12 months in half 38 hl foudre and half in 4-5 year old barriques. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal sulfur.
An accessible and easy Cabernet Franc that displays the region's tuffeau soils in its unadorned, clean profile, La Folie comes from plots within the village of Champigny. Tart, with a terroir-driven personality, raspberries and dried herbs strike the palate, edged with smoky, pepper aromas. Acidity is bright and fresh, as the wine was matured in neutral barrels. A satisfying wine for casual nights over lamb chops with lots of herbs.