The capital of the Huguenots under Henry IV, Saumur was, from the 12th century, an important wine trading town due to its ideal topographical conditions. Today, most of the region’s major négociants (wine traders) still have their headquarters in this area. The Saumur AOC
was created by a decree of 31 December 1957.
The Saumur appellation area encompasses 28 communes in Maine-et-Loire, 9 in the Vienne and 2 in Deux-Sèvres. The vineyards cover a total area of 450 hectares, with an annual production of about 25,000 hectolitres. The Saumur vineyards grow in separate blocks, on tufa (chalk) mounts and Senonian and Eocene outcrops. The limestone creates finesse and lightness in the wines. The climate is temperate oceanic, but the Saumur hills act as a brake to the westerly winds. The plots located further away from the Loire have a more continental influence.
The grapes used for Saumur are the Chenin Blanc (at least 80%), Chardonnay and Sauvignon. An elegant; and sometimes very opulent, dry white, the wine of Saumur reveals a fine mineral balance on the palate. The lighter, more supple, wine can be enjoyed within 5 years. The most concentrated white wines can improve for up to 15 years. The Saumur appellation is home to a number of high-quality domaines; including Domaine Saint-Just, Château de Villeneuve, Clos Rougeard, Domaine des Roches Neuves and Domaine Guiberteau.
More informations on the website of the wines of Saumur blanc