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Chateau Yvonne, Saumur-Champigny 'La Folie', 2022


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A combination of old vines (dating to the ‘70s), a cool climate, and hard, limestone-rich soils contribute to the understated elegance of this wine. The soils have more limestone, and some old barriques are used in the élévage.

Mineral-driven, with slightly grippy tannins, we love this wine for its complexity and savoriness. It’s still easy-drinking, and there’s still plenty of joy, but if you want, you can stop and think about this one for a few moments before going back to glou glou.

Chateau Yvonne is an ancient vineyard site that had long laid abandoned before it was restored by Mathieu Vallée back in 1997. Clos Rougeard’s influence can be felt here, since it was Rougeard’s Françoise Foucault that helped with the restoration. The mission was to make serious, ageworthy Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc. At that, they have succeeded resoundingly. But it’s the more casual side of Château Yvonne that really intrigues us.


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Saumur: it is the little village in the Central Loire that produces such fine Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc and has become the latest target of wine collectors looking for trophies, potential trophies, or just great wines to put in their cellars. It's sometimes easy to forget that if you go to Paris, "Saumur" is still just a name that is scrawled on blackboards at simple bistros. You might order a pichet for about 12 euros, and get it a little chilled. Almost always, it is delicious.

Château Yvonne produces Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc that rank among Saumur's very top echelon, and collectors have started to notice. All of Yvonne's wines are made without artifice: there are no additives and virtually no manipulations, with the exception of a minimal amount of sulfur at bottling. This is fresh, pure, light, and natural.


  • Grape Variety

    Cabernet Franc

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  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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