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Varinelles Saumur Champigny 2009

Country:France
Region:Loire
Grape Type:Cabernet Franc
Winery:Varinelles
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DESIGNATION: Chianti Classico DOCG.

AREA OF PRODUCTION: Monsanto – Barberino val d’Elsa.

FIRST VINTAGE: 1997

TRAINING SYSTEMS: Cordon-trained and spur-pruned, Guyot.

SITE: Vineyards are located on the hill, half overlooking the north valley towards Barberino Val d’Elsa and half looking south towards Castellina.

SOIL TYPE: Limestone and clay with sections of schist and calcareous-clay galestro.

YELDS: 35q/ha

HARVEST METHOD: Manual.

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Product Description

Varinelles Saumur Champigny uses a traditional vinification process: 18 days of low temperature maceration, pumping over every two days, aging in tanks, no fining, slight filtration, bottling in July. This wine is highly representative of the appellation. It is hardly aggressive or excessive, and displays balance and finesse throughout.

Winery: Varinelles

The Domaine des Varinelle Estate
The Domaine des Varinelles, located in the town of Varrains, is an old family property, four generations old, and currently is run by Claude and Laurent Daheuiller. They have recently made significant improvement in their equipment. They sell 1/3 in bulk and 2/3 in bottles.

The Domaine des Varinelle Vineyard
The vineyard today covers 42 hectares (or 100 acres), whose 32 ha in Saumur Champigny. The vineyard is planted with Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, including several well-known areas such as Les Petits Clos, Les Bonnezeaux, Le Clos Marconnet and Les Poyeux. The vines are 35 to 60 years old in average. The oldest were planted in 1900. The soil is clay-limestone.

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