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…

2019 P’tite Gaule du Matin Petnat

Soil: Silex, limestone and clay
Grape: 50% Chenin Blanc 50% Sauvignon Blanc.
Appellation: Vin de France
Age of Vines: Planted in 1977-2012
Yields: 40 hl/ha

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


 2019 La Cave se Rebiffe

Soil: Flinty clay, Argilo calcaire, chalk and sand from Loir-et-Cher.
Grape: 50% Grolleau 50% Gamay
Appellation: Vin de France
Age of Vines: Planted in 1977
Yields: 40 hl/ha

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


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.


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 in end of April 2019.


2017 Minéral +

Soil: Silex, limestone and clay
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Appellation: AOC Montlouis
Age of Vines: Planted in 1917-2012
Yields: 30 hl/ha

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


2019 Vin du Frantz Rosé (1 litre bottle)

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.