Appellation: Saumur-Champigny
Cuvée: Echalier
Colour: Red
Grapes: Cabernet Franc
About: made only in special years from the oldest parcel, grown on complex limestone and aged in new oak, otherwise assembled into Les Landes.

Vines

Location: in the commune of Dampierre between Montsoreau and Saumur just next to the Cellar.
Size ha: < 1.
Age: planted 1947.
Soils: limestone.
Exposition: gentle east facing slope.
Altitude m: 60.
Training: wire.
Farming: organic, biodynamic, ploughing. Certified AB.
Average yield hl/ha: 40
Climate: temperate with some ocean influence.

Winemaking

De-stemmed and one month on skins, then aged 18 months in 228L barrel, a mix of new, one and two year old, all blended two months before bottling.

Vintage notes 2016
Yield hl/ha: 40
Harvested: October
Bottles produced: 2,600
Date bottled: 2019-05
Alcohol: 13%
SO2 Total: 27
Tasting: 2021-01-16 Wow! Very fine, gentle, beautiful fine red berry fruits cassis green peppers mineral gravel, gorgeous, very pure, lovely balance.
2022-05-20 Even more gorgeous, more intense, very pure, beautiful, complex, fine. Loads of cassis, pepper, mineral, gentle, airy, ethereal, very, very long