Chateau de Parnay
Mathias Levron and Régis Vincenot took over Château De Parnay in December 2006. As soon as they moved in, they were able to make use of the experience gained at Château Princé, putting in substantial work both at the vineyard level (increase of the leaf area, trellising, control of yields, etc.) and at the winery level. They wanted to restore Château de Parnay to its former glory, inspired by their illustrious predecessor: Antoine Cristal. The property — located in the Saumur Champigny wine appellation — now covers 35 hectares. The vineyard consists of four plots of land, all located on exceptional clay-limestone soil. The first three plots are located in an area commonly known as la côte, an area straddling the communes of Parnay and Souzay-Champigny. This terroir takes its nickname from the closeness of the Loire (about 200 meters) which it overlooks from the top of its white stone cliff. The fourth plot is located on the heights of Dampierre-sur-Loire, in an area known for its early ripening: the Butte de la Folie. This terroir, made exceptional by its exposure, offers an impressive view of the vineyards and the Loire.
This is a wonderfully appealing nose - crushed sweet black fruits such as blackcurrant, blackberry and some redcurrant leaf. Herbal notes inter-laced with softening tannins and a lovely freshness
rich red meats, grilled lamb, charcuterie and mature cheeses
Hand picked, selected grapes. Crushed and fermented in tank at a warmer temperature, transferred into barrel where some press wine was added. Matured for 12 -14 months, then selected barrels used for this wine only.