Château Yvonne, 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 producing 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.
Chateau Yvonne Saumur Champigny, is normally his top wine in the range. From the best cabernet franc grapes of the vintage.
After vinification, the wine goes into 225l oak barrels (20%) new for 12 months followed by another 6 months in big foudres (very large oak tanks) followed by another 3 months in concrete tank before bottling.
Ripe red and dark fruits on the nose with some sweet rich notes, and a spicy background that continues through on the palate. Subtle vanilla creeps in and the tannins are generous but lovely and integrated into the wine. There’s a lovely freshness on the finish too. A wine that will keep for some time yet (if we can keep our hands off it).