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Saumur-Champions: Domaine des Closiers

Domaine des Closiers is one of the most exciting new ventures to come out of the Loire. With input from some of the region’s brightest wine minds, the quality of the Cabernet Franc being produced here is enough to give you goosebumps. As far as the price is concerned – game over. This is fine wine at a steal…for now at least. 

Dear Reader,

Located just a few kilometers from Saumur, on the banks of the Loire, this Domaine presides over 15 hectares of vines (95% Cabernet Franc and 5% Chenin blanc) in the heart of the Saumur-Champigny. Anatole de la Brosse, formerly a strategy and management advisor to a large consulting firm and holder of a degree in oenology, decided to pursue his passion for wine fulltime in taking over Domaine des Closiers in 2019. Michel Chevré, who worked alongside Thierry Germain at Domaine Des Roches Neuves, together with Nady Foucault, who was instrumental in the success of the coveted and almost mystical Clos Rougeard (also part of the GD portfolio), consult for Domaine des Closiers. In a very short space of time, Closiers has very simply become one of the most exciting producers of Cabernet Franc in the Loire.

Saumur-Champigny in brief 
Surrounded by the vineyards of Anjou and tucked within the larger Saumur AOP is the region of Saumur-Champigny. The appellation rules dictate that only red wine is authorised to be produced – Cabernet Franc and, if so desired, with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot d’Aunis as part of a blend. The soil here is rich in tuffeau, or limestone. This imparts a more elegant and perfumed characteristic on the wines.

Domaine des Closiers | Saumur-Champigny “Expression” 2019 | R 350 per bottle 

Our maiden consignment from the Domaine is one wine, the “Expression” cuvée and from the 2019 vintage. The wine is produced from a parcel of Cabernet Franc planted on the hillsides of Parnay. Grapes are fully destemmed and sorted. The must then undergoes a cold pre-fermentation maceration before the start of fermentation. The wine is vinified and matured (6-8 months) in stainless steel vats – it is a pure expression (hence the name of the cuvée), of the Saumur Champigny terroir.

Domaine des Closiers "Expression" 2019

*Price is per bottle and incl. VAT

Kindly note that orders are limited to 12 bottles per person/order.