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 so he settled down in his native country, France, and switched path. He started his little Domaine in Montlouis sur Loire in 2002.

Working organically 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 farmed organically.


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

2020 Petite Gaule du Matin Petnat

Soil: Silex, limestone and clay
Grape: 65% Chenin Blanc 35% Chardonnay
Appellation: Vin de France
Age of Vines: planted 1980-2014
Yields: 40 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation that starts in tank before the wine is put in bottle with some residual sugar left to create perfect bubbles. Disgorged in April 2021.


2020 Le Cave se Rebiffe

Soil: Flinty clay, Argilo calcaire, chalk and sand from Loir-et-Cher.
Grape: Grolleau
Appellation: Vin de France
Age of Vines: planted 1978
Yields: 40 hl/ha

Vinification: Pressing after one day of maceration with the skins. Fermentation starts in tank before the wine is put in bottle with some residual sugar left to create perfect bubbles. Disgorged in the first week of May 2021.


2019 Oxygene

Soil: Silex, limestone and clay
Grape: 50% Maun Pineau 50% Romorantin
Appellation: AOC Montlouis
Age of Vines: planted 2017
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation and aged for 18 months in 50% old barriques and 50% concrete tanks before blending and bottling.


2019 Vdf Sauvignon

Soil: Argilo calcaire, clay from Touraine
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: Vin de France
Age of Vines: Planted in 1988
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct slow press before fermentation and aged on stainless steel. Bottled in March 2020.


2019 Vin de Frantz

Soil: Flinty clay, Argilo calcaire, chalk and sand from Loir-et-Cher.
Grape: 100% Chenin Blanc
Appellation: VdF
Age of Vines: Planted in 1987-2007
Yields: 40 hl/ha

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


2018 Vdf Melon de Bourgogne

Soil: Amphibolite and ortogneiss
Grape: Melon de Bourgogne
Appellation: Vin de France
Age of Vines: Planted in 1978-1998
Yields: 40 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct slow press before fermentation and aged on stainless steel. Bottled at the end of April 2019.


2019 Minéral +

Soil: Silex, limestone and clay
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Appellation: AOC Montlouis
Age of Vines: planted 1918-2012
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermentation and aged for 18 months, 1/3 in old barriques 1/3 in ceramic tanks, 1/3 in concrete eggs, before bottling.


2017 Le Chapitre

Soil: Silex
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Appellation: AOC Montlouis
Age of Vines: planted 1968-1998
Yields: 30 hl/ha

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


2020 Vin du Frantz Rosé 1 liter btls

Soil: Argilo calcaire, clay from Azay-le-Rideau.
Grape: 50% Grolleau 50% Gamay
Appellation: Vin de France.
Age of Vines: planted 1976
Yields: 35 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct slow press before fermentation in stainles steel tanks, followed by ageing in the same vats for 7 months before bottling.


2020 Bondésir

Soil: Silex, limestone and clay
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Appellation: AOC Montlouis
Age of Vines: planted 1918-2012
Yields: 35 hl/ha

Vinification: 50% direct press before fermentation, 50% was macerated with the skins for 3 months to keep up a healthy fermentation and add structure to the wine. After the press the both parts were blended and aged in old barriques before bottling took place in May 2020.

Extra: The maturation this vintage was very fast paced so this wine was harvested around normal time, but with much higher ripeness.
50 grams of sugar/liter left.