Saumur Puy Notre Dame
Puy Notre Dame appellation was created in 2009, only for reds. It covers 100 hectares and brings together a group of vineyards in the Saumur region located in 17 communes around Puy Notre Dame. The Domaine du Vieux Pressoir was one of the driving forces behind this AOC, as part of the team of winegrowers who fought for the recognition of this appellation. A handful of winegrowers (30 to date) embarked on the adventure, with one objective: to create a top-of-the-range Loire red wine. From this idea, very strict production and vinification criteria were imposed.
100% Cabernet Franc from a selection of parcels situated on the domaine’s best soils – Jurassic and Turonian – where this variety expresses all of its aromatic complexity. The vines are 18 to 35 year old and receive the best care in order to provide high quality grapes at optimum ripeness. This cuvée is vinified in tanks, with 20 to 25 days of maceration. It results in a robust wine with silky tannins. Aromas of red and black fruit, fully ripe, with a beautiful and lively persistency. Serve at a low room temperature (57°F to 61°F). 13% alcohol.
About the Producer
Situated in the south of the Saumur region, Domaine du Vieux Pressoir was bought early 2015 by Claude Vagnon, a retired industrialist. The winemaking is currently in the hands of Frédéric Etienne, who previously worked at Château des Noyers in Anjou. During his agronomical engineer studies, Frédéric spent a month in California to study the technique of skin contact for white wines and benefit from the research conducted on that subject by UC Davis.
At Domaine du Vieux Pressoir, all stages of the vinification process are subject to meticulous care and attention, resulting in wines of exceptional quality. The estate spreads over 26 hectares planted with Chenin Blanc, a little Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc.
Farming/vinification practices: the domaine is in conversion to organic farming. The wines are to this date- July 2016 - vegan.
Domaine du Vieux Pressoir