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Grainger’s wine blog weekly wine offer this week at www.gfwine.co.uk is a Loire valley wine from Domaine de la Saugourde. This is an Anjou blanc appellation wine from the cellars of Francois Letheuil. A traditional dry soft white wine from the region. The wine is on offer at £6.99 reduced from £8.99. A terrific price. It is made from the Loire white grape chenin blanc with a little chardonnay. The wine is typical Anjou that is dry with a slight softness so although fresh its not too acidic.
The estate is owned and run by the Letheuil family who have been making wine for over 100 years. Francois Letheuil has been the winemaker for the past 20 years. The vineyard extends to some 20 hectares over a wide variety of soils from the valley bottom up to the escarpment above. The parcels on the river bank produce the Anjou Blanc wines made from Chenin Blanc, the classic white grape of the region. The Cabernet Franc from these parcels are used in the production of the dry fruity rose wine Rose de Loire appellation.
On the schist soils higher up the valley side Francois grows the Chenin for the production of the famous sweet wines of the Coteaux du Layon appellation. The grapes are left on the vines during the autumn and when the mist rises up the valley it promotes the development of the ‘Noble Rot’ which concentrates the sugars. These grapes are hand picked and fermented into soft fruity sweet wines. The deep and fruity light Anjou reds are made from the Cabernet Franc grapes grown on the limestone soils of the escarpment. Francois has invested in a modern cellar with stainless steel fermentation vats with central temperature control heating/cooling facilities for all the vats. This allows wines to be fermented and stored at optimum temperatures to allow the full character of the wine to be achieved.
The vineyards wines are well received in France, most of their wines being sold locally and in other parts of the country. We are fortunate to have forged a relationship with Francois to allow us to offer small quantities of each vintage for sale in the UK.
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