Saumur-Champigny Rouge "Le Grand Clos" 2011 - Château de Villeneuve

The high-end cuvée from Château de Villeneuve is made with grapes from a small parcel around the castle. This is Cabernet Franc at its best: intense, concentrated and persistent. The aromas are almost southern-like with ripe black fruits, liquorice and wood; so well balanced that it is a real delight. Made to age well, it is now entering its best drinking period which should last for another decade!

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The high-end cuvée from Château de Villeneuve is made with grapes from a small parcel around the castle. This is Cabernet Franc at its best: intense, concentrated and persistent. The aromas are almost southern-like with ripe black fruits, liquorice and wood; so well balanced that it is a real delight. Made to age well, it is now entering its best drinking period which should last for another decade!
 
Wine Characteristics Tasting and cellaring
Producer Château de Villeneuve Eye Clear ruby
Vintage 2011 Nose  Ripe red fruits, notes of oak
Appellation Saumur-Champigny Mouth Elegant and concentrated, fine silky tannins
Area Loire Valley Drink from Now
Colour Red Drink before 2025
Grapes 100% Cabernet Franc Open  1 hour before
Type Dry Drinking temperature 14-16°C
       
Food pairing
Fine red meat like a beef or lamb filet.
 
What experts say
Decanter (Jim Budd): 18.5/20
 “Richly textured, soft black fruits with a touch of toastiness, supple tannins and structure. Can be enjoyed now but further complexity will develop with another two or three years in bottle.”

Gault & Millau: 17
 “Le Grand Clos 2011 is all about intensity; A warm frame and somewhat southern flavours (olive pulp and red and black fruits), liquorice and precious woods. This offers a palate acknowledging volume and depth. A thoroughbred!”

Bettane & Desseauve: 15.5
 “It has potential, as always this cuvée starts timidly before reaching the summits of Cabernet Franc, but for that you must learn to wait.”

La Revue du Vin de France: 16.5
 “The most beautiful red is Le Grand Clos, the 2011 shows ripe and full, balanced and persistent.”
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
Soil Clay-limestone soils
Vineyard Organic
Yield 34h/ha
Harvest Manual
Ageing 16 months in oak barrels
Alcohol 13%