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SAUMUR CHAMPIGNY Mathilde Giraudet CHÂTEAU DE VARRAINS

CHÂTEAU DE VARRAINS

aoc : SAUMUR CHAMPIGNY

Also in the Middle Loire is the Chateau de Varrains which lies in in the heart of the Saumur-Champigny AOC . The area around Saumur-Champigny produces red wine based on the Cabernet franc grape that is similar in profile to the perhaps more famous wines produced in St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil.

Its chatelaine is Mathilde Giraudet, a woman who mirrors the wine she produces. She brings her wines to market only after a long maceration period to extract color and tannins from the grape skins. The wine then matures in large oak casks for at least a year in the Chateau's magnificent 7-acre cellars.

The wine’s dark ruby color is a reflection of its terroir, the geographic signature of the region. A recent review judged this wine as one with red fruit aromas and a slightly wood bouquet with elegance and balance on the palate.

When you come from outside this wine - growing region, you have to learn the differences, learn the terroirs to bring out the best in each appellation. Mathilde Giraudet – who is easily qualified to be a university professor -- instead puther knowledge andkeen  intuition into the service Loire Valley wines. The region is better for it.

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Two concepts central to higher end French wines are the notion of "terroir", which links the style of the wines to the specific locations where the grapes are grown and the wine is made, and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) France and (AOP) Appellation d’Origine Protégée Europe system. Appellation rules closely define which grape varieties and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or even specific vineyards.

We do not select wines based on them being organic, biodynamic, or sustainable, but many of the wines produced by our winemakres fall in to one or more of these categories. The US regulations for organic wines are different from the French regulations for organic wines. Therefore, the French organic wines can’t carry on the bottle the French organic logo. We will mentionned in our descriptif if the wine is labeled organic in France.