Domaine Fouet Saumur Blanc 2009
Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
Situated in the commune of Brézé, one of the most reputable for its white wine soil, our Saumur Blanc is a lively wine and of great freshness. It releases strong aromas of white flowers, and of a particular note we call "flintstone."
Our Saumur Blanc goes perfectly with first courses, shellfish and fish. The ideal serving temperature between 52 and 56°
The Wine Advocate - "Julien Fouet's 2009 Saumur behaves rather like a blend of Sauvignon and Chenin, smelling mouth-wateringly of ripe honeydew melon, apple, lime, mint, and brown spices Like a luscious melon and lime sorbet (except, of course, dry) it coats and refreshes the palate, with salt, iodine, and apple pip bitterness offering counterpoint. This finishes with a persistently mouth-watering interplay of fruit and mineral as well as a delightful overall sense of levity. It may be that, just as many Sauvignons from outlying areas of Touraine benefited especially from the ripeness of 2009 when compared with wines from better-known appellations that sometimes took on too much weight or alcohol and lacked brightness, so this delightful Saumur exhibits ravishingly ripe appeal yet also lift, brightness, and transparency to mineral nuance that are generally missing from 2009 vintage Chenin Blancs of more celebrated appellations. In view of the short plastic stopper used to seal the bottle, I would plan to savor this versatile, outstanding value over the coming 6-9 months. "
Domaine Fouet Winery
Situated in the wine - producing commune of St Cyr en Bourg, the Domaine Fouet perpetuates the family tradition of six generations. At the heart of the SAUMUR CHAMPIGNY appellation, Patrice and Julien Fouet are today responsible for a wine producing domain of some 15 hectares, combining modern techniques and respect for tradition.
With concern for respect of the environment, the vines of the Domaine are not chemically weeded but treated to encourage the grass between the vines. In addition to the ecological aspect, this technique offers qualitative advantages in the wines: reduction of output, increased natural alcohol level, and reduction of rot.
From the pruning of the vines (low output), to bottling (without filtering), everything is put in place to obtain the best possible quality of wine, a reflection of the SAUMUR CHAMPIGNY soil and of our experience. All these qualitative measures enable us to obtain many awards in various competitions (Guide Hachette of wine for exemple). View all Domaine Fouet Wines
About LoireChenin Blanc, Muscadet and Sauvignon Blanc. For reds, Cabernet Franc takes center stage but the region also has plantings of Pinot Noir and Gamay. The AC of Cremant de Loire is popular – these are the sparkling wines of the Loire, usually made with Chenin Blanc.
Notable FactsAs for which grapes you find in which regions… Starting on the Atlantic Coast and moving east - Muscadet hails from the region of the same name, within the larger Nantes district, right on the Atlantic coast. The wines are dry, citrusy and pleasant, but rarely powerful or intensely aromatic. Just inland from Nantes is Anjou-Samur, home to Savennières, an excellent source of dry Chenin Blanc. To the east is Touraine, where you'll find the popular white region of Vouvray - Chenin Blanc shines in Vouvray, which can be dry, off-dry or sweet – the majority of those found in the states are a lovely and food-friendly off-dry. In the same district, Cabernet Franc makes delicious, delicate and elegant reds from Bourguil and Chinon. Finally, in the Upper Loire area, Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé turn out Sauvignon Blancs of razor sharp acidity and minerality.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.