Loire Valley, France

Le Manoir de la Tête Rouge was built in 1649 at the foot of the hill of Le Puy Notre Dame. This maison is an important piece of the history in this small village and the vineyard is dwarfed by a majestic eleventh century Collegiate Church. Guillaume Reynouard purchased this property in 1995. There are 13 hectares of vines planted on the best clay-limestone soils in the Saumur region. The vines are organically grown, yielding 42hl/ha, and have been eco-certified since 1998. They use no synthetic chemicals, to respect and protect the ecosystems in each of their plots, which includes naturally grown grass between the rows of vines. Famille Reynouard produces some of the most honest wines in Saumur from their estate grown Cabernet Franc, Pineau d’Aunis and Chenin Blanc. Their selections include Bagatelle Saumur Rouge (an entry level cuvee), Tete d’Ange, Saumur Blanc, a beautiful Pineau d’Aunis, K sa Tete and a delicate Saumur Méthode traditionnelle Brut called Tete en l’Air. Quantities are limited. Winery Website  
Tete d'Ange Chenin, Saumur
Yellow straw color with green reflections. Nose of white flower, with citrus on the end. The maturity of the Chenin is intense - fat on the tongue yet very dry.
Bagatelle Cabernet Franc
Classic earthy cab franc. Expressive & juicy