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Chateau Yvonne

Located in Parnay, Chateau Yvonne has been surrounded by vineyards since the middle ages, when the monks at the Abbaye de Fontevraud brought their influence to the region. The Chateau dates to the 16th century, but not much is known until 1813, when a local winemaker moved in and began producing wine on site. In 1997, Yvonne and Jean-François Lamunière decided to recreate the abandoned vineyard with the help of Françoise Foucault. In 2007, Matthieu Vallée took over and decided to keep the name Chateau Yvonne in hommage to the incredible work done by the previous owners. Today the domaine is one of the best producers in Saumur, composed of 3 hectares of Chenin Blanc and 8 hectares of Cabernet Franc, spread out over 28 small plots in three villages. The vineyards have been farmed organically (Ecocert certified) since 1997 and biodynamically since 2012. Yvonne’s production remains extremely low, averaging only 2000 cs annually. All vineyard work here is done manually, and Matthieu makes the wines with as little manipulation as possible: native yeast fermentation, no additions other than SO2, slow malolactic fermentation, minimal racking, and bottling unfined and unfiltered. The dominant soils here are limestone and tuffeau stone but outcroppings of gravel and sandy clay give completely different expressions of Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc.

Saumur Blanc

 

VARIETAL: Chenin Blanc

VINEYARD: Less than 4 acres of Chenin Blanc are planted in 14 small parcels along the Loire river.

VINE AGE: Vines range from 5 - 80 years

SOIL: Clay and limestone over tuffo

FARMING: Biodynamically farmed, organic certified.

VINIFICATION: Hand-harvested in small bins. Native yeast fermentation in barrel at cool temperatures for 4 months. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally during aging in oak (30% new barrels for 12 months). Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Saumur-Champigny  

VARIETAL: Cabernet Franc

VINEYARD: A combination of the domaine's four most impressive parcels. Each of the parcels is located in Parnay. The four parcels lie in the vineyards of Le Beaumeray, Les Pierres Blanches, Le Bourreau, and Château Gaillard. Average age of vines is around 55 years old. 

SOIL: Clay and limestone over tuffo

FARMING: Biodynamically farmed, organic certified.

VINIFICATION: The cold temperature in their caves delays fermentation and gives a natural pre-fermentation maceration. Native yeast fermentation. A combination of new and used oak barriques, foudres, and Stockinger barrels are used during vinification. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in July 2016. 
500 cases produced

Saumur-Champigny La Folie

VARIETAL: Cabernet Franc

VINEYARD: A combination of 7 parcels in the village of Champigny. The parcels lie in the vineyards of Les Chalonges, Les Mouchards, and Clos Linthier. 
SOIL: Sandy-clay over chalk-limestone (tuffeau). The most limestone-rich of the domaine's parcels.

VINE AGE : 15 to 50 years 

FARMING: All of Yvonne's Cabernet Franc parcels are farmed using biodynamic principles and guyot pruning. Vines are planted very densely at approximately 8000 vines per hectare. This is always the last parcel harvest at the domaine. Maturity happens later due to the higher percentage of chalky-limestone (tuffeau) and less sandy clay. 

VINIFICATION: The cold temperature in their caves delays fermentation and gives a natural pre-fermentation maceration. Native yeast fermentation. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally during aging. A combination of used oak barriques and foudres are used during vinification. Aged for 12 months in half 38 hl foudre and half in 4-5 year old barriques.