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2017 Le Petit Saint Vincent Saumur Champigny 'Les Clos Lyzières'

2017 Le Petit Saint Vincent Saumur Champigny 'Les Clos Lyzières'
Loire Valley, France

Fourth-generation owner and winemaker Dominique Joseph was an early convert to organic farming and has held an official certification for many years. He has run the family operation since 1990 and works out of a stunning, multi-chambered cellar carved directly from the local tuffeau. His parcel in “Les Clos Lyzières” has a favorable southeast-facing position, and the 2017 is a choice selection from 55-year-old Cabernet Franc vines. In the winery—only minutes away—grapes are 100% de-stemmed and undergo an extremely lengthy four-week maceration. During this time, he keeps the wine moving via punch-downs and pump-overs in order to achieve maximum integration. Unlike his “Les Poyeux,” which rests in oak, this ages entirely in concrete vessels. 

The wine is equipped with explosive florals and dense, brambly fruit. The nose reveals a beautiful mosaic of ripe currants, black raspberry, huckleberry, tobacco leaf, bell pepper, leather, violets, cracked pepper, and crushed gravel. The silky palate reveals mouthwatering acidity and grippy, fine-grained tannins that create a wonderful push-pull tension between fruit and earth. 

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SKU: 159.2544
Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Cabernet Franc
Appellation
Saumur-Champigny