The Château de Parnay is a flagship estate of the AOC Saumur Champigny. The property is located along the Loire River, classified as UNESCO World Heritage. In 2006, this esteemed property was acquired by Regis Vincenot and Mathias Levron who transformed the land into a jewel of the Loire Valley, as well and becoming Certified Organic since 2013. Mathias’ Philosophy is as such: « Good grapes for good wine. We have focused on organic wine process and sustainable farming. To achieve our goals we must watch our vines closely and we must make careful and precise selection of our plants».
This wine is from a world unique “clos” built by Antoine Cristal at the end of 19th Century. On top of the surrounding walls of the “clos”, there are 11 walls built every 2 rolls of vines. Each of these walls has holes near the ground, so that the vine can pass through these holes to face the South and protected from the wind. The vines will then have, as the French says “cool feet and warm stomach from the sun”.
Manual harvest. Fermentation and ageing in oak barrel in the troglodytic cellar of the chateau.
The colour is crystal-like yellow. The nose is complex, very mineral and marked by subtle aromatic notes of thyme, linden and quince. The limestone terroir is very obvious. The mouth is impressing with its power and subtlety. The exceptional qualities of “Clos” give this wine a very unique personality. The mature white fruits mix well with the floral and oaky notes, making it a very high level wine.
Pairs perfectly with shellfish such as crab and obster, as wel as goats cheese. Drink now or age for 4-5 years.