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L'Insolente Saumur Blanc

L'Insolente Saumur Blanc

Region

AOP Saumur Blanc

Winemaker notes

The commune of Turquant is one of the most easterly growing zones within Saumur/Saumur-Champigny, with close proximity to the river. Soils are comprised of soft limestone called "tuffeau" which is know for its ability to regulate moisture during the growing season.

Viticultural Notes

Grapes are hand-harvested.

Vintage Notes

2018 Vintage: One that gave the vignerons the best of both worlds - quality and quantity. After two back-to-back years with devastating spring frosts, 2018 yields were not impacted by these weather hazards. The spring with mild with normal rainfall patterns setting up a balanced flowering and fruit set. June brought some heavy rains which led to the development of mildew in some areas. The remainder of the growing season was warmer and drier than average resulting in wines with high ripeness levels for a cool-climate area. 

2017 Vintage: The spring got off to an early start, which proved to be the demise of many throughout the Loire when hard frosts hit the region, with some areas being hit more severely than others. Vignerons saw anywhere from 20 to 60% loss depending on the site and variety. Despite the low yields, quality was very good. The growing season was warm and harvest began two weeks earlier than normal. Wines are concentrated but balanced by elegant acidities.

2016 Vintage: Despite the losses from spring frosts, the vintage would be characterized as a classic one. A mild spring forced an early bud break which was later impacted by frost reducing yields across the region. The early summer was more wet than usual, with conditions drying up in August and into September. The higher than average rainfall in the early summer set up water tables well so that drought conditions were minimized, thanks in part to the water retaining capacity of tuffeau soil. Temperatures were moderate throughout the season, compared to the warmer than average 2015 vintage, which gave optimal ripeness levels with bright acidities and good long-term aging potential.

Wine

L'Insolente Saumur Blanc

Estate

Domaine des Coutures

Varietal

100% Chenin Blanc

Region

AOP Saumur Blanc

Vineyard

La Chauvelière

Vine Age

5-10 years

Soil

Tuffeau (Soft Limestone)

Farming

Sustainable/Traditional Viticulture

Fermentation

Whole bunch fermentation in stainless steel with temperature control.

Aging

Stainless steel on fine lees, minimal filtration.

Alcohol

12.5%

Production

5,000 bottles



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