If I Could Buy Only One – November 5 VINTAGES Release

We asked our writers, “If you could buy only one wine from this release, which one would it be and why?”


Saumur Champigny Lieu Dit Les Poyeux 2018

($18.95, Vinexx)
Michael Godel – My pick this release is an only one because it is both representative of an appellation in a most perfect entry-level way and such a screaming value it should be considered an only twelve. The grape is cabernet franc, the place is the Loire Valley and the wine is Alliance Loire Saumur Champigny Lieu Dit Les Poyeux 2018. In 1802 Les Poyeux was cited as one of the premier crus of Saumur and to this day is a reference terroir, known locally as “the gold mine.” The hill rests on shallow tufa chalk soils and this silly amazing value by Cave Robert Marcel is indeed a reference point for the appellation by way of its collective fruit gathered from the six winegrowers of the locality Les Poyeux. Long and slow maceration (22 days) extracts all the positives and nary a negative bitter or as astringent note. Dry as it gets, pure, fluid and so beautifully franc.


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