2013 Collier Saumur Champigny Blanc, Loire Valley, France (750ml)

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As importer, Sacred Thirst Selections explains, Domaine du Collier was established in 1999 by Antoine Foucault and Caroline Boireau. The domaine is located in the commune of Brézé within the Loire Valley appellation of Saumur Champigny. The estate is comprised of 6.5 hectares of vines, two thirds of which are dedicated to Chenin Blanc and one third to Cabernet Franc. As a proponent of natural viticulture and winemaking, Antoine uses no chemical fungicides or fertilizers on the vines, and all harvesting is done by hand. In the cellar all wines are fermented via indigenous yeasts, and with minimal intervention. Currently there are four wines produced with a total annual production of approximately 1200 cases." Antoine learned how to make wine at the venerable Saumur domaine, Clos Rougeard so it's safe to say he knows what he's doing in the cellar! In contrast to the wines of Clos Rougeard, Antoine's style is just a bit more wild, surprising and unexpected - in a good way, according to Sacred Thirst partner, Chris Deegan. In addition to his minimal use of new oak (maybe one in five barrique), Antoine's elects for very long elevage/aging in the cellar before bottling and releasing his wines to market. For example, he only just released his 2013s earlier this year. We were only able to get our hands on a case of each of his four wines and have a little supply of this Chenin Blanc and his Ripaille Cabernet Franc. These wines are already high on many collector's list and won't last very long.

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