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Saumur-Champigny Wines

In the heart of the Loire Valley, surrounded by the vineyards of Anjou and nestled within the larger Saumur AOP, is the region of Saumur-Champigny. Here, only red wine production is authorized—a Cabernet Franc-driven wine with smaller additions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot d’Aunis permitted. With the help of the region’s limestone-based soil, tuffeau, Cabernet Franc’s expression is decidedly elegant with expressions of flowers and chalky minerals. For more information on the wines of Saumur-Champigny, visit our Saumur-Champigny Wine Guide.

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92
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Château de Villeneuve 2005 Cabernet Franc (Saumur-Champigny)

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This wine, the basic Saumur-Champigny from the estate is rich and velvet smooth; a mix of dense, dusty tannins and ripe black fruits, with a touch of wood.  — R.V.  (4/1/2007)
92
points

Domaine des Roches Neuves 2005 Terres Chaudes Cabernet Franc (Saumur-Champigny)

  1. $28
From one of the hottest (chaudes) parts of the Roches Neuves vineyard, this wine shows great structure and a density of fruit flavors, packed with spice and rich tannins. It is a powerful wine, many miles away from the lightweight Saumur-Champigny of tradition.  — R.V.  (4/1/2007)
91
points

Château de Targé 2010 Quintessence Cabernet Franc (Saumur-Champigny)

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  1. $35
An obviously wood aged wine, giving more toast than fruit at this stage. It does have the weight to promise aging and the fruit to give a succulent feel. But with the heavy toast flavors, this potentially impressive wine will need several years to fill and round out.  — R.V.  (6/1/2013)
91
points

Domaine des Roches Neuves 2010 La Marginale Cabernet Franc (Saumur-Champigny)

  1. $40
Youthful, bright red color on this full-bodied, potentially rich wine. With its balance between acidity, black fruits and edgy tannins, the wine from the plateau close to Saumur has all the smoky, tobacco leaf and fragrance of cool climate Cabernet Franc.  — R.V.  (6/1/2013)
90
points

Domaine de la Perruche 2009 Clos de Chaumont Prestige Cabernet Franc (Saumur-Champigny)

  1. $30
The vintage and some extra age give this wine a warm, rounded feel. Behind this, the tannins are dry and dried fruit and smokiness are there. The wine is weighty, ripe and likely to be totally ready to drink in a year.  — R.V.  (6/1/2013)
90
points

Domaine des Roches Neuves 2010 Cabernet Franc (Saumur-Champigny)

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  1. $18
Obviously young, but with good acidity as well as bright red fruit flavors. The wine’s acidity balances the juicy fruits well. Its structure suggests a good few years’ aging.  — R.V.  (6/1/2011)
90
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Château du Hureau 2009 A Chaux Cabernet Franc (Saumur-Champigny)

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Ripeness, black currant jelly flavors and spice mark this concentrated wine, which has a smoky character on the finish.  — R.V.  (6/1/2011)
90
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Hospices de Saumur 2008 Clos Cristal Cabernet Franc (Saumur-Champigny)

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  1. $22
Initially earthy, this needs a few minutes to blossom into an elegant, structured wine, with black cherry flavors, firm dry tannins and a smooth finish.  — R.V.  (8/1/2010)
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