Fabien Duveau 2021 Saumur-Champigny Chacé "Les Bas Poyeux"
The greater vineyard of Les Poyeux hosts a mythical terroir, home to some of the Loire’s most coveted red wines. Les Poyeux consists of 2 very distinct terroirs with unique expressions, in spite of the soil components being similar.
Les Bas Poyeux rests at the lower part of the of the Les Poyeux slope, with a complex soil which begins with 20 cm of sand above a distinctive limestone and clay subsoil. This leaves a prominent limestone imprint in the wines from this area, giving Les Bas Poyeux its "blood" side. To best elaborate the depth and complexity of this particular terroir, Duveau makes the choice to age the wine in a mix of concrete and neutral barrel.
Les Hauts Poyeux, by comparison, is not only higher elevation but also contains a much deeper topsoil – 60 cm of the famous Poyeux sand. In vinification, Les Hauts Poyeux sees a long maceration to elaborate the aromatics linked to this soil texture, followed by aging for 12 to 18 months in neutral barrique, as opposed to oak and concrete.
- Cabernet Franc
- Les Bas Poyeux
- Sand over limestone and clay
- 12 months concrete and neutral oak
- 3.85 g/L
- 750 ml