Domaine de l'Enchantoir / Saumur

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Purchased in 2016 by the dynamic Brunet family, an estate raising pristine cuvées of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.  Viticulture is certified organic, with minimal adds in the winery.  As a set all wines show a lovely balance between fruit, texture and some awesome minerality, particularly contrasting through the three reds.

The area has a colourful history, with the chalk soils tunnelled extensively during the Second World War as hiding for the French resistance; it’s not uncommon for the ground to give way on occasion and sink a tractor.  The estate also offers two reds under the relatively new appellation of Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame, which are renowned for more intense and long-lived expressions.

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  • Domaine de l’Enchantoir l’Ilot des Biches 2018

    $ 48.00 incl. GST

    100% Cabernet Franc, grown on Jurassic flint and ironstone soils.  Grapes are partially destemmed, with a portion seeing carbonic maceration.  The wine is fermented and raised in concrete vats.

    Clean and concentrated, deeply ruby in colour, it leads with pronounced black fruits and spice.  A lovely spread of fruits on the palate, fresh with a nice natural tannic grip and a brush of flinty mineral.

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  • Domaine de l’Enchantoir Turbulente Sparkling 2020

    $ 55.00 incl. GST

    70% Chardonnay and 30% Chenin blanc grown over the tufa – chalky limestone of Saumur.  Technically made as a Pétillant Naturel and referred to as such by the producer, though ideologically drinks more like a high quality classic French sparkling.

    Fine bubbles, a nervy attack with weight building on the finish.  Autolysis notes of breadcrust and yeast, though overwhelmingly a fresh and fruit led style.

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  • Domaine de l’Enchantoir Terres Blanches Saumur white 2019

    $ 56.00 incl. GST

    100% Chenin blanc grown over the tufa – chalky limestone of Saumur.  Wild fermented in concrete vats, then rested a further 8 months in concrete before bottling.

    A gorgeous and widely appealing white – flavour-wise think white flowers and a broad citrus spectrum.  Its texture and shape are what make it particularly attractive, with a broad but defined attack.  There’s certainly chalkiness to its texture and mineral profile, and also a hint of volcanic rock.  Bright, energetic and a lot going on.

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  • Domaine de l’Enchantoir Pied a l’Etrier 2018

    $ 60.00 incl. GST

    100% Cabernet Franc, grown tufa (chalky limestone).  Fully destemmed, fermented and raised in concrete vats for 18 months.  Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame appellation.

    Black cherry in colour, complexity dialing up here.  Loads of black fruits and black pepper, wrapped around bright silky tannins and a pinpoint mineral texture.

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  • Domaine de l’Enchantoir Clos du Petit Chavannes 2017

    $ 77.00 incl. GST

    100% Cabernet Franc, grown on tufa (chalky limestone).  Fermented in concrete vats and aged in seasoned oak for 12 months.  Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame appellation.

    Ruby colour, this is deep.  Aromas of violets, jammy fruit, black forest berries and a broad spice spectrum.  An impression of just-ripeness, not green but a finely tread balance which makes this quiet captivating.  Awesome length and mineral energy.

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