The Angevin vineyard, in its broadest sense, is the meeting point between the Armorican Massif and the Paris Basin, two of the most important geological formations in western France. These two types of soil give wines of distinct styles, yet from the same two grape varieties: chenin, in white, and cabernet franc, in red.
While the vineyards to the west of the city of Angers rest on soils of schist, slate and other primary rocks of the Armorican Massif, those located to the east of Angers are rooted in the famous tuffeau. It is to these limestone soils that the best wines of Saumur owe their unique personality.
Terroirs capable of producing wines of great freshness and whose secrets Romain Guiberteau knows.
Domaine Guiberteau, Saumur blanc 2020, Les Moulins $39 – SAQ code 14995715 – 13% – <2 g/L – Organic
Les Moulins, in white, comes from vines grown organically on clay-limestone soils in the communes of Montreuil-Bellay, Brézé, and Bizay. Whole bunch pressing, fermentation with native yeasts and aging on fine lees in stainless steel vats. The 2020 surprises first with its lively attack on the palate; the carafe is essential. After aeration for an hour, the wine seems to take on volume in the mouth, still just as lively and tense, but more supple and easy to like. If the warm weather announced this weekend makes you want a halibut ceviche drizzled with lime juice, you have your bottle!
Domaine Guiberteau, Saumur red 2020, Les Moulins 27, $55 – SAQ code 14995811 – 13% – <2 g/L
Les Moulins, red version, comes from vines from 7 to 80 years old, planted in the sandy and clay-limestone soils of Montreuil-Bellay and Brézé. A supple red, but with tannins just compact enough to frame the fruity flesh. It too will benefit from aeration in a carafe for 30 minutes. Serve it with lamb loin and a red pepper coulis.