Overlooking the marshes of Camargue, these organic vineyards are cooled by Mediterranean breezes. This terroir of Rhône pebbles, atop veins of ancient seabed chalk – gives unique vibrance and minerality to our wines. Aromatic and balanced, this Viognier is refreshing and perfect with grilled seafood, sushi and creamy flavorful dishes. Great for sipping!
Yellow with golden highlights in appearance, with a nose of intense apricot and tangerine with a hint of vanilla. Taste voluptuous, fresh fruits of apricot, peach and citrus with a zingy fruit finish that is long and lush.
La Grande Vignolle 100% Cabernet Franc
From 45-year-old, certified-organic estate vines from a 6-hectare vineyard called La Grande Vignolle. The lieu-dit is on a chalk cliff on calcareous clay soils, set back from the Loire River on a high plateau at the northern limit of the Saumur-Champigny appellation. The bunches are destemmed; fermentation is with native yeasts in stainless steel; maceration is around 20 days; aging is in steel tank for about 10 months before bottling. Decades ago, importers Joe Dressner and Denyse Louis requested that Grande Vignolle be left unfiltered for the American market, and the legend lives on in the bottle and on the label.
“The la Grande Vignolle bottling from Domaine Filliatreau is beautifully expressive and suavely red fruity on the nose, offering up a fine constellation of cherries, pomegranate, cigar wrapper, a lovely base of tuffeau soil tones, hints of both menthol and tree bark and a gently floral topnote redolent of peonies. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and complex, with fine core and soil signature, ripe tannins and a long, nicely balanced and nascently complex finish. As I tasted this right off of the boat, it is understandably still quite young, but it has impressive depth, length and complexity and will be a superb bottle of SaumurChampigny with just a bit of bottle age. As it is sealed with a synthetic cork, it may come forward fairly briskly, once it settles in from its voyage.”