Domaine du Collier 2016 'Charpentrie' Saumur Rouge, Loire Valley, France - DECANTsf

Domaine du Collier 2017 'La Charpentrie' Saumur Rouge, Loire Valley, France

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Domaine du Collier 2017 'Charpentrie' Saumur Rouge, Loire Valley, France

Domaine du Collier was established in 1999 by Antoine Foucault and Caroline Boireau. Antoine cut his teeth at the famed Clos Rougeard in Saumur-Champigny, working with his father and uncle, Charly and Nady Foucault. The domaine is located in the commune of Brézé within the Loire Valley appellation of Saumur Champigny. The estate is comprised of 6.5 hectares of vines dedicated to Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc. Two-thirds of the estate is planted to Chenin, most of which are old vines and some pushing 100 years of age. The remaining third is planted to Cabernet Franc, namely in the important lieu-dits of La Ripaille and La Charpentrie. As a proponent of natural viticulture and winemaking, Antoine uses no chemical fungicides or fertilizers on the vines, and all harvesting is done by hand. In the cellar the wines are pressed off and barreled down and then left alone until they are ready.  No racking, no SO2, no added yeast,etc.  Antoine is a patient man and the wines often spend over 2 years in elevage.  Currently there are four wines produced with a total annual production of approximately 1200 cases.

Farming:  Organic

Winemaker: Antoine Foucault

Grape Varieties: 100% Cabernet Franc

Soil / Terroir: Limestone; Chalky tuffeau

Vinification: Hand-harvested form vineyards in Charpentrie aged well over 100 years. They were destined to be ripped out before Antoine purchased them. Fermented in neutral barrels with native yeasts. Aged 3 years in French oak barrel (3 years) without racking.

Tasting Notes: Reminiscent of Clos Rougeard in style, the Charpentrie Rouge carries density and lift, being simultaneously approachable and profound. Dark brambly fruits, red florals and chewy earthy notes of tobacco and mushroom come together to make an opulent profile that hints at incredible age-worthiness, but also offers depth and drinkability now. 

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