The Saumur Blanc is produced from 100% organic 30+ year old Chenin Blanc vines that grow in complex limestone soils. Partial malolactic fermentation as part of a careful vinification during which no sulfites are added results in crisp aromas and refreshing acidity. Thanks to extra lees contact, the wine exudes a mix of juicy apricot, white peach, and golden pear fruit, along with candied citrus peel. A super food-friendly wine.
No sulfites added during the vinification with just a small dose before bottling.
Domaine du Pas Saint Martin consist of family vineyards spread out across the Loire valley with small holdings in Anjou, Coteaux du Layon, with their primary vineyard in Saumur. Those vineyards, with an average age of 25 years, and a good part being older than 35 years, are uniquely set among troglodyte caves formed out of ancient fossilized marine life that covered the Saumur region 10 million years ago, and later, during the Middle Ages, served as secret places of worship to the outcast Protestants.
The estate has been in the Charrier-Massoteau family for several generations, with Laurent Charrier taking over responsibility of the domaine in 1994. He set out to acquire certification for organic farming, which he received in 1997.