FRANTZ SAUMON, Montlouis-sur-Loire
Franz Saumon is not from winemaking stock. Indeed, he enjoyed a successful career in forestry management in Canada before returning home in the mid-90’s to set up his estate at Huisseau in the Montlouis region of the Loire between Tours and Orleans. He initially began with 3 hectares of vines but with subsequent acquisitions, his domaine now stands at 6 hectares: 5.5ha of Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc and ½ ha, red grape varieties. The vineyards are situated mainly at the foot of the famed Huisseau Plateau where all the best local names are located but Frantz also has holdings in Chapitre and Lussault-sur-Loire. The vines are planted on soils of sandy clay, limestone and flint and everything is carried out strictly according to organic principles. The grapes are manually harvested, only indigenous yeasts are used and the use of sulphur is very restricted.
Frantz Saumon Montlouis Minérale + – beautifully pure and precise Montlouis delivers a lot of ripe apple and pear on the nose, with classic wet wool hints, grapey and with gentle spice. Rich and mouthfilling on the palate, tangy, quite mineral and ending with fresh, balancing acidity.
“A lovely herby nose with pears, rich complex honeycomb and beeswax on the palate, with a real mineral tang and lemon zest on the finish.”
John Wilson, IRISH TIMES Bottle of the Week