"Before opening the shop, our bottles existed on spreadsheets (super exciting!), and towards the top of the list of Loire Valley white wine was this 2017 Domaine du Collier Saumur Blanc. Andy & I know Domaine du Collier's wines far too well, and if you've ever asked for a Chenin Blanc recommendation at one of the restaurants from us, then you're familiar with them too. At the time, we purchased what we thought would be enough bottles to last through the Summer, yet our quantities didn't even make it to Spring. As luck would have it, we were afforded a new opportunity to purchase more of this wine and jumped at the prospect of offering it again during its optimal, Summertime-driven drinking window.
Enticing notes of spiced pears, gardenias, chalk, cardamom, and honeysuckle graciously evolve from the glass. The palate is electric with a charged acidity and a piercing minerality that nearly overshadows its elegant, silky-juicy texture. The finish is long, dry and salty, leaving behind a floral and savory impression.
We greatly enjoyed this wine during the Winter, but time in bottle has really elevated the aromas and tamed its once bracing acidity for a more complete experience. This wine is in perfect harmony right now. While we may never have a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression, today we proudly offer you a 1st chance at a pristine 2nd impression."
Antoine Foucault is the son of the late Charly Foucault of the famed Foucault brothers behind Clos Rougeard. In 1999, with his partner Caroline, he founded Domaine du Collier, which takes its name from Place du Collier where the family home is located.
Vineyards are farmed organically and a natural approach is carried into the cellar with a commitment to wild yeast fermentation, extended ageing without racking in a very cold underground cellar, and zero sulfur until bottling.
Antoines desire to truly understand and express his terroirs is evident in the wines, which have garnered the attention and admiration of Cabernet Franc devotees and Chenin cognoscenti with their power, mineral character, and ethereal lift. They are complex and powerful without lacking delicacy and precision. These are wines that often transcend grape variety in their deep expression of the limestone of Brézé. We have only seen the beginning of what Antoine Foucault and these terroirs are capable of!