Domaine FL Savennieres Fremine (750ml)
Domaine Famille Fournier Longchamps produces organic and biodynamic wines in the Loire Valley. Their ultra-modern winery located in Rochefort sur Loire seeks to combine the best winemaking techniques with a rare aestheticism.
Their Savennieres Frémine is the embodiment of the expression of Chenin Blanc grown on schist soils.
Pale yellow with brilliant reflections. White flowers and lime on the nose. The palate is intense and racy with a wonderful saline minerality.
Note on the 2018 vintage – La Frémine is at the bottom of the appellation, where the soils contain more loam, along with sandstone and metamorphic schist. The vines on this 3.3ha plot are 10 years old. This takes longer than La Croix Picot to open up, but when it does there’s a white flower and citrus perfume, and an almost smoky note to it. And the same seam of minerality that runs through all the wines. A lick of salinity on the finish. Drinking Window 2021 – 2032 91 points Decanter
Made from organically grown Chenin Blanc grapes come from the Fremine vineyard in the Savennieres appellation. Steps are taken to avoid oxidation and to preserve expression of terroir. The wine is aged in barrel for 12 months, and a further six months in large wooden vats. The estate choses to forgo malolactic fermentation in order to preserve acidity and achieve maximum ageing potential. ‘We were wine lovers before becoming winemakers,’ said Julien. ‘Before 1980, almost no one in Savennières used malolactic. We’d tasted and loved older wines that hadn’t undergone malolactic fermentation, and could also see how some newer wines that had were evolving. We wanted wines that would age for a long time – malolactic is usually used to make a wine more accessible at a younger age.’