Domaine des Sables Verts, `Glouglou` Saumur-Champigny, 12 bottle case

The wine displays enticing aromas of juicy raspberry, blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit. These red fruit characters carry through to the palate alongside supple tannins and a fresh acidity, resulting in a crisp finish.

The vineyard, located in the heart of the Saumur Champigny appellation, covers 16 hectares, 15 of which are planted in Cabernet Franc. The soils are deep clay-limestone that are rich in tuffeau and green sand.

The grapes for ‘Glouglou’ were hand-harvested and transferred into vats by gravity where they underwent a short maceration for three days, to produce a fresh and approachable wine, without vegetal characters. Fermentation took place using wild yeasts in stainless-steel tanks. Caroline and Hervé chose to age their ‘Glouglou’ in stainless steel in order to retain it’s quintessential ‘croccante’ character. After five months in tank, the wine was bottled without fining.

Caroline Meurée & Hervé Malinge are a young winemaking couple who met while studying in Bordeaux. Despite neither of them being from the Loire Valley, in 2019 they bought Domaine des Sables Verts in the heart of Saumur Champigny and embarked on their first vintage. The domaine comprises 16 hectares of vines across 5 communes (Varrains, Chacé, Saumur, Souzay-Champigny et Parnay) which they intend to work organically in order to maintain the soil diversity. Fifteen hectares are planted with Cabernet Franc and just one with Chenin Blanc. The vines lie on deep clay-limestone soils that are rich in tuffeau and green sand, or ‘sables verts’, which inspired the name of the domaine.

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