Domaine de la Perruche is situated along the Loire in Montsoreau, a famous village known for its 15th century castle that inspired Alexandre Dumas when he wrote his novel, “La Dame de Montsoreau”. Domaine de la Perruche was founded in the 1960s with 25 hectares of vines. Overlooking the Loire Valley, the vineyard at an altitude is protected from springtime frost and its exposure to summertime sunshine produces distinctive wines. Perruches are small fossilized stones composed of clay and flint stone. They have made the terroir and wines famous, and have even given their name to this highly renowned estate.
Domaine de la Perruche is a fine representative of the Loire Valley. Located in the district of Montsoreau, well-known for its castle – immortalized by Alexandre Dumas in his novel, «La Dame de Monsoreau» written between 1845 and 1846 – the vines are planted in the eastern part of the Saumur Champigny appellation area, on the plateau overlooking the Loire. The altitude protects the vines from springtime frost and offers good sun exposure in the summertime. Cabernet Franc (90%) and Chenin (10%) make up the 43 hectares under vine. Part of the vineyard is planted around the Cavier de la Perruche windmill in a chalky soil. The other section is located on another plateau, slightly different in terms of soil, with extra stones (flinty-clay) and facing south. The estate’s age worthy wines are made from the vines situated in this second half, most especially Chaumont and Clos de Chaumont. Highly refined AOPs, such as Saumur Champigny or Saumur Blanc Sec, are elaborated at Domaine de la Perruche.
The entire vineyard has obtained level 3 High Environmental Value Certification.
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