Filliatreau 'Lena', Saumur Blanc, France 2021
Known for is fruity and bright Cabernet Franc, a style popular is Parisian cafés, Paul Filliatreau's Chenin Blanc should not be overlooked. The wine is named for owner-founder Paul Filliatreau's Swedish wife Lena. Paul F. ripped out most of the original Chenin vines back in 1990 to make room for more Cabernet Franc but in recent years planted 2 hectares of Chenin in Brézé, 10 kilometers east of Saumur near Filliatreau's Château Fouquet plot. Snappy acidity lays the groundwork for a wine of orchard fruits & quince accompanied by a vivacious minerality.
Pairing: Frisée salad, smoked salmon
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Viticulture: Organic in the process of attaining BIO certification.