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Vignerons de Saumur

The Cave des Vignerons was established in 1957 by a group of winegrowers who wanted to combine their experience and expertise and to meet future challenges.

The Saumur Cave des Vignerons is in the heart of the Saumur Champigny vineyard. Located at the top of the Saint Cyr en Bourg hill, it looks like a temple of wine surrounded by vines. Twenty-five metres below the premises, a maze of thousand year-old galleries extending 7 kilometres houses a thriving concern. The white limestone, locally known as tuffeau, was first extracted by the Oratorian monks to build churches, houses and the famous Loire Valley chateaux. The site was bought by local winegrowers in 1957, who dug out two vertical shafts to make full use of gravity flow. This original conception enables various activities to take place on separate levels between the receiving platform, located above ground, and the vats 25 metres below.


Foundation of the Cave des Vignerons de Saumur

Production reached 10,000 hectolitres

The Cave des Vignerons de Saumur offered their Saumur Champigny to Paris restaurateurs and Saumur wines made their grand entrance in the French capital. The Paris market really took off in 1975.

The Cave des Vignerons de Saumur was awarded the Capus medal, the highest distinction in the Anjou-Saumur area, for their 1993 Saumur Rouge.

The Cave des Vignerons de Saumur celebrated their 40th anniversary with a production of over 85,000 hectoliters. They also launched their 'lieux-dits' range, based on research into local terroir and winegrowing history.

The Cave des Vignerons de Saumur are investing heavily to meet future challenges, both to maintain impeccable quality and to respond to changes in consumer needs.
Vineyard monitoring and advisory services will be expanded, in partnership with our members. Grapes will be even more carefully sorted at harvest time, enhanced by the implementation of a system for measuring the laccase activity (Raysitis).
A tangential filtration system has already been installed and building is expected to start in the year 2000 on a new winery and air-conditioned storage facility for bottled wines.
Last but not least, the environment will be better-protected thanks to a new, independent waste water-treatment plant and an improved approach to spraying in the vineyards.


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Coteaux de Saumur,Reserve des Vignerons 1996

Honeyed bouquet. Surprisingly lively and youthful flavour with acidity to balance the sweetness, Medium to medium dry. This is one of the Loires rarer wines - only being made in great vintage years. [read on...]


A B V: 12.5% Vintage: 1996 Color: Country: France Region: Loire Code: 43998

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