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  • 176. Saumur-Champigny AC 2016

    Domaine Le Petit Saint-Vincent

    100% Cabernet Franc (12.5% alc.)

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    Dominique Joseph’s wine has a supple, natural quality, a black cherry nose, and is packed with cranberry fruit nicely underscored byflavours reminiscent of these chalky soils. For drinking now to 2019.

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Winemaker
Domaine Le Petit Saint-Vincent
Location
Varrains
Size of domaine
12 hectares
Grape
Cabernet Franc, 25-30 year old vines. Density of plantation (5,600-6,500) vines per hectare.
Terroir
50% cretaceous micaceous chalk and 50% glauconitic sands on west facing slopes of the River Thouet.
Viticulture
Allows grass etc to grow between the rows of vines, and ploughs from spring through to July. No chemical weed killers. 100% hand harvest. 50-55 hectos per hectare.
Vinification
Maceration à froid for 10% of total grapes. No chaptalisation for last 4 years. Destalked 100%. Uses indigenous yeasts. Vinification in cement cuve (open topped) and likes to expose must to air at start. Then a stainless steel top is placed over the cuves of fermenting must to retain carbon dioxide. Remontage during fermentation at low temperature (26°) – average at 23°. Also breaks up cap every 3-4 days. After alcoholic fermentation a maceration of 12-15 days. Elevage in cement. Racked 3 times. Bottled end of May, unfined and lightly filtered by kieselghur.
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