Domaine des Sables Verts

Loire, loire France

Domaine des Sables Verts is located in the heart of Saumur Champigny. Young couple Caroline and Hervé, who are originally from Bordeaux, bought the domaine in 2019. They own 16 hectares of vines, which they intend to work organically in order to maintain the soil diversity. The vines lie on deep clay-limestone soils that are rich in tuffeau and green sand, or ‘sables verts’, which inspired the name of the domaine. Fifteen hectares are planted with Cabernet Franc and just one with Chenin Blanc.
Caroline and Hervé take a minimalist intervention approach in the winery. The name ‘Glouglou’ is a play on words, referring to the ‘glug glug’ sound when someone pours a drink. Sourced from the different parcels of Cabernet Franc, the grapes for ‘Glouglou’ are hand-harvested and are then transferred into vats by gravity, where they undergo a short maceration for three days. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel and the blend is aged for a further five months in stainless steel before bottling. The wine displays enticing, fragrant notes of juicy raspberry and redcurrant fruit, with supple tannins and a crisp finish. The grapes for the Saumur Blanc are harvested by hand early in the morning, transferred by gravity and then gently pressed. The specific plots of ‘Bonneveaux’ and ‘Elettes’, which make up about 50% of the blend, are vinified and aged in stainless steel. The remainder is vinified and aged in used French oak barrels, with regular bâtonnage, for four months, before the final blend is assembled and bottled in January. Characterised by layers of fresh citrus notes and ripe apricot, the wine is beautifully textured with a backbone of lively acidity. We are delighted to be starting with the very first vintage of these wines under Caroline and Hervé.

 

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