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.

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