Domaine la Bonneliere Saumur Champigny Tradition 2022


André Bonneau and his wife created Domaine la Bonnelière in the town of Varrains, the heart of the Saumur-Champigny appellation, in 1972 with just a few hectares of vines. Today, their children Anthony and Cédric represent the 5th generation of the family. They have increased the size of the domaine to 40 hectares of prime vineyards and gained international acclaim for their wines. The Bonneaus are vigorous proponents of biodiversity in their vineyards and plant grass between all the rows. No herbicides and chemical products are used. The Saumur-Champigny Tradition is a selection of very ripe and healthy fruit from 20-year-old vines across the domaine’s holdings on southwest facing slopes. The chalky limestone and gravel soil warms quickly and drains well, giving fully ripe and concentrated Cabernet Franc grapes. From the fermentation period through December, the tanks are regularly given small doses of oxygen to aerate the juice and attain the round, soft and expressively fruity style desired.