Domaine FL Savennieres Fremine (750ml)
Domaine Famille Fournier Longchamps produces organic and biodynamic wines in the heart of Anjou in the Loire Valley. Their ultra-modern winery located in Rochefort sur Loire seeks to combine the best winemaking techniques with a rare aestheticism.
The 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 citrus notes, a subtle smoky quality and wonderful saline minerality that carries onto the long pleasing finish.
Made from organically grown Chenin Blanc grapes come from the Fremine vineyard, a 3.3ha plot with vines an average of 10 years old.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.’