FRANTZ SAUMON – MONTLOUIS SUR LOIRE, LOIRE

Frantz Saumon established his little Domaine in Montlouis sur Loire in 2002 after a few stints as a forester in France and his home country of Canada. After a school diploma with Christian Chaussard of Domaine le Briseau, an influential voice in the “Vin naturel” he always took the ‘natural’ route however I must emphasize there is sulphur used at bottling. Well made hands off style but not raw, ‘straight out of the tank’ notes. This isn’t my cup of tea so I was glad to see what are stunning whites.

Frantz always practiced organic/biodynamic agriculture and raises his wines in a variety of stainless steel tanks and wood vessels of different sizes. All wines are fermented naturally here. Frantz’s winemaking style seem to be about purity, always looking for clean wines and thriving for dryness.

“I find his most memorable wine is usually Minéral+. This is a sec-tendre cuvée, one that straddles the hinterland between sec and demi-sec, bringing a very deft touch of sweetness to it, at the sort of level that – once the wine hits your palate – has you asking yourself whether it isn’t really a sec. It is a striking wine, perhaps all the more remarkable for the blend of terroirs it represents”The Wine Doctor