"What is it? A white wine beyond description - this is simply one of the finest expressions of Chenin Blanc, which shows off why this appellation, Saumur, is gaining so much praise!  Due to the demand for Chateau Yvonne from the leading somms at the top restaurants in LA, SF and NYC, we've had a tough time getting enough bottles to put on our website or even on the selling floor in the past because every bottle we got was spoken for. We couldn't yell from the rooftops that we had this wine, even though we wanted to! Last year was the first time we promoted it, and it sold out quickly! Again this year, we fought hard and were given a dream allocation of the 2015 vintage (still an extremely limited amount) so that we could promote it to our customers. See for yourself what all the buzz is about with this superb Saumur Blanc – don't miss out!"  - Jim Knight, Wine House
2015 Chateau Yvonne
Saumur Blanc
Loire Valley
From the Importer: 100% Chenin Blanc. Biodynamically farmed and certified organic.  From 3 hectares of vines ranging from 5 years to over 80 years in age.  Clay/limestone soils over tuffeau stone.  Hand-harvested in small bins.  Native yeast fermentation in barrel at cool temperatures for 4 months.  Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally during aging in oak (30% new barrels for 12 months).  Bottled unfined and unfiltered.


Located in Parnay, Chateau Yvonne has been surrounded by vineyards since the middle ages, when the monks at the Abbaye de Fontevraud brought their influence to the region. The Chateau dates to the 16th century, but not much is known until 1813, when a local winemaker moved in and began producing wine on site. In 1997, Yvonne and Jean-François Lamunière decided to recreate the abandoned vineyard with the help of Françoise Foucault. In 2007, Matthieu Vallée took over and decided to keep the name Chateau Yvonne in hommage to the incredible work done by the previous owners. Today the domaine is one of the best producers in Saumur, composed of 3 hectares of Chenin Blanc and 8 hectares of Cabernet Franc, spread out over 28 small plots in three villages.  The vineyards have been farmed organically (Ecocert certified) since 1997 and biodynamically since 2012.  Yvonne’s production remains extremely low, averaging only 2000 cs annually.  All vineyard work here is done manually, and Matthieu makes the wines with as little manipulation as possible: native yeast fermentation, no additions other than SO2, slow malolactic fermentation, minimal racking, and bottling unfined and unfiltered.  The dominant soils here are limestone and tuffeau stone but outcroppings of gravel and sandy clay give completely different expressions of Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc.


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