Fabien Duveau

Loire | Saumur-Champigny | Chacé

Fabien Duveau is the 8th generation of his family to make wine in Saumur-Champigny — “one of the jewels of the Loire,” he believes. Expressing their individuality is a key objective in his winemaking. Farming organically and cultivating biodiversity in and around the vineyards are integral to Fabien’s aim of making wines that express both “the complex nature of the land and the know-how of its winemakers.” Fabien is deeply influenced by tradition, yet his innovative perspectives and and minimalist style infuse his wines with a freshness and delicacy that mark them as vibrant, eloquent examples of what Saumur-Champigny wines are at heart.

Fabien Duveau 2019 Saumur-Champigny Chacé "Les Hauts 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 Hauts Poyeux, in addition to being the higher elevation portion of Les Poyeux, its distinctiveness lies in its depth of topsoil – 60 cm of the famous Poyeux sand before reaching the first levels of clay and limestone. 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, to sublimate the aromatics and refine the fine tannins of the terroir.

Les Bas Poyeux, by comparison, is not only lower in elevation but contains an average of 20 cm of sandy topsoil over clay and limestone. This difference integrates a more prominent limestone imprint, giving Les Bas Poyeux its "blood" side. In the cellar, aging instead takes place in a mix of concrete and neutral barrel.

  • 2019
  • Cabernet Franc
  • France
  • Loire
  • Saumur-Champigny
  • Certified Organic
  • Les Bas Poyeux
  • Sand over limestone and clay
  • 12 months neutral barrel
  • Neutral barrel
  • 0.0
  • 750 ml

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