Frantz Saumon

Frantz Saumon – Frantz Saumon, Montlouis Sur Loire

Before Frantz Saumon realized that wine was his thing, he spent years working as a forester in both France and Quebec. Finally, he got tired of waiting for trees to grow up so he settled down in his native France and switched path. He started his little Domaine in Montlouis sur Loire in 2002.

Working organic and with biodynamic practices was a natural choice already from the start.Today Frantz has 6 hectares in Montlouis. His main focus is Chenin Blanc, which he has 5 different vineyards of, all with unique terroirs.


Frantz philosophy is all about ‘hands on’; he wants to do the all the work in his vineyards himself. To be able to produce some Sauvignon, rosé and red wine he buys grapes from friends that are farming organic.


Frantz’s winemaking style is pretty much about purity. He’s looking for clean wines and thrives for dryness. He is also a great talent in making Petillant Naturel. Haven’t tried his bubbles? They’re some of the best in the region…

2016 P’tite Gaule du Matin Petillant

Soil: Silex, limestone and clay
Grape: Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Appellation: Vin de France
Age of Vines: 5-40 years
Yields: 40 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation that starts in tank before the wine is put in to bottle with some residual sugar left to create perfect bubbles.


2016 La Cave se Rebiffe

Soil: Flinty clay, Argilo calcaire, chalk and sand from Loir-et-Cher.
Grape: Grolleau, Gamay and Côt
Appellation: Vin de France
Age of Vines: 40 years
Yields: 40 hl/ha

Vinification: Pressing after one day of maceration with the skins. Fermentation starts in tank before the wine is put in to bottle with some residual sugar left to create perfect bubbles.


2016 Vin de Frantz

Soil: Flinty clay, Argilo calcaire, chalk and sand from Loir-et-Cher.
Grape: 50% Chenin Blanc, 50% Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: Vin de France
Age of Vines: 10-30 years
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermenting. Aged for 7 months in tank and old 500-liter barrels.


2015 Minéral +

Soil: Silex, limestone and clay
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Appellation: AOC Montlouis
Age of Vines: 5-100 years
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation and aged for 11 months in old barriques before bottling.


2015 Pintray

Soil: Limestone, clay and silex
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Appellation: AOC Montlouis
Age of Vines: 50 years
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation and aged for 14 months in old barriques before bottling.


2015 Le Chapitre

Soil: Silex
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Appellation: AOC Montlouis
Age of Vines: 20-50 years
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation and aged for 14 months in old barriques before bottling.


 

2016 Vin du Frantz Rosé

Soil: Argilo calcaire, clay from Azay-le-Rideau.
Grape: Grolleau, Gamay and Côt
Appellation: Vin de France.
Age of Vines: 40 years
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct slow press before fermenting. Aged for 7 months in tank before bottling.