Domaine Antoine Sanzay Les Poyeux Saumur-Champigny 2020
100% Cabernet Franc
Considered the top site for in Saumur Champigny, and perhaps the top site for Cabernet Franc in the world
A gentle slope that is south and southwest facing
Protected from the north winds by woods on the top of the hill
55+ year old vines
Clay and limestone terroir
Fermented in concrete for 30 days
Aged in 5 year old barrels for 18 months
Antoine Sanzay took control of the family’s eleven hectares of vines in 1999 and launched his own label in 2002 with 50% of the domaine’s harvest. He wisely continued to sell the other half of his fruit to the cooperative in St-Cyr-en-Bourg for cash flow. His cellar and home are located in Varrains, one of nine communes that make up the Saumur Champigny appellation southeast of of the town of Saumur. As of the 2013 vintage, Antoine was able to cut ties with the local co-op and he now utilizes all of the grapes from his 27 acres of vines.
Cabernet Franc vines grown according to biodynamic principles on clay and limestone soils. The harvest is manual; at the vinification level, fermentations are made using indigenous yeasts. Antoine’s practices in both vineyard and cellar have been strictly natural for several years, and he obtained organic certification through Ecocert in 2014.