Savennières has a terroir renowned for its exceptional dry white wines. We speak of "grands crus" of the Loire Valley, which gives these wines a very special reputation. But even if the vast majority of Savennières wines are vinified in dry form, they can also be vinified in semi-dry or sweet form.
The AOC Savennières is located in the southwest of Angers and characterizes a vineyard that is located in part of the territory of Anjou. With a vineyard covering 130 hectares and an annual production of 3800 hectolitres, the Savennières terroir is one of the smallest producing terroirs in France (about 29 hl/ha).
The climate in this region is of a temperate oceanic nature and the proximity to the Loire allows the vineyard to benefit from a mesoclimatic influence. These particular climatic conditions allow the production of wines of high maturity. But the soil structure is also a factor. It is shallow and composed of sandstone shales, volcanic veins and aeolian sands.
Savennières is considered one of the most complex dry white wines and has a very high ageing potential: between 10 and 20 years in general but is invaluable for some vintages. The older you let this wine age, the more you will be able to appreciate its richness and complexity.
The only grape variety authorised to produce this appellation is white chenin.
But how to characterize these wines. The tasting phase allows us to better understand them. To the eye, you can see a pale yellow colour that reveals some green or gold reflections if the year of maturation has been warm. The nose then reveals aromas of white flowers such as acacia, mineral notes, honey, lime blossom and chamomile when young. Aromas of ripe fruit, dried fruit and beeswax will develop with ageing. In the mouth, the aromas are persistent and harmonious thanks to a beautiful balance between sweetness and freshness.
But what could be better than to taste these wines over a good meal. Serve with a good andouillette or a fish such as monkfish, these wines will charm you and make you its first ambassador.