The wines from the Loire Valley are some of my favorites. The region is expansive and diverse and the wines are elegant, unique, and expressive. The wines are often made from small producers who farm organically and offer great value. Loire Valley wines are mineral driven, fruit-forward, lower in alcohol and extremely food-friendly.
The Loire Valley is often referred to as the Garden Of France, with its majestic castles, rolling hills, and abundance of vineyards. The diversity of their wines is impressive, ranging from sparkling to reds, whites, and rosés with a range of styles from off-dry to bone dry. A wide variety of grapes encompass the region with its mineral-driven Sauvignon Blancs, versatile Chenin Blancs, savory Cabernet Francs, and light and aromatic Pinot Noirs.
Recently I was invited to a media lunch at Gabriel Kreuther to explore the wines of Saget La Perriére. I was thrilled with the opportunity because the Saget family is the only wine-producing family in the Loire that makes wines across all four main areas of the Loire Valley; Central Loire, Touraine, Anjou, and Muscadet. I knew it was an opportunity to explore the diversity of the Loire Valley.
The Saget Family
Saget La Perriére is entirely family-owned by the Saget family. They have been producing wines from the Loire Valley for nine generations. Originally from Pouilly-sur-Loire, the Saget family in the last two generations has ventured to produce wine throughout the Loire. They have created memorable wines that span a range of appellations. Their portfolio of wines ranges from their home in Pouilly-sur-Loire to Sancerre, Chinon, Vouvray, Anjou, and Muscadet. The Saget name has become synonymous with prestigious wines of the Loire Valley.
Dating back to 1790, the Saget family originally produced only Pouilly-Fumé. It was not until the last two generations that they expanded to other areas in Loire Valley. The Saget family estate and offices are still in Pouilly-Sur-Loire, with a local presence of over 200 years. Jean-Louis Saget was the first to expand, his vision was to become the ambassador of the region, by showcasing the diversity of all four regions of the Loire. Jean-Louis started with a negociant business and then he purchased a few estates. Later on his sons Arnaud and Laurent have continued with this modern approach, continuing to acquire premium and select properties in the Loire Valley. They continuously produce quality wines with a deep respect for nature, this has been the philosophy of Saget La Perrière.
The Saget family strives to bring approachable everyday drinking wines to the table. With a visionary approach to winemaking, La Petite Perrière represents their entry-level wines. Recognizing the potential of Vins de France wines, they make wines from a blend of grapes from different regions. La Petite Perrière wines have the minerality and acidity of the Loire and the fruitiness and brightness of the Languedoc. The wines offer outstanding value, as they retail around $10-$12, making these the ideal wines for everyday consumption.
Saget La Perriére Wines
Saget La Perriére wines give a good glimpse of the Loire Valley. Having tasted an extensive selection of Saget’s portfolio, the white wines really dominated and stood out, but they also produce fantastic Pinot Noir and classic Cabernet Franc(Chinon). These wines are a wonderful representation of the Loire Valley. They are great wines for entertaining, especially for the upcoming holiday season, as they represent great value.
“La Petite Perriére” Rosé 2018 – This is a rosé made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes that are largely sourced from vineyards in Touraine with a small blend of Pinot Noir from the South of France. This blend creates a rosé that has finesse and is fresh, lively and full of bright fruit.
“La Petite Perriére” Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – This is their flagship wine, made from Sauvignon Blanc, which is the signature grape of the Loire Valley. This Sauvignon Blanc gives you a good understanding of the Saget wines. It is a lovely wine that has the perfect balance of freshness and fruit. It is fragrant, lean and crisp. I highly recommend this wine, as it is a classic example of a quality French Sauvignon Blanc(mineral-driven, floral & spice), at an incredible price point.
“La Perriére” Blanc Fumé De Pouilly 2018 – The focus of this Pouilly Fumé is more about fruit. Pouilly Fumé reflects its terroir; the soils(Kimmeridgian soil) are similar to Chablis. The soils give this Sauvignon Blanc more of a fruit profile. It is a fresh and widely appealing wine that has nice mineral notes on the nose with the perfect balance of fruit and acidity.
“La Perriére” Mégalithe” Sancerre 2016 – This is a truly a gem of a wine. Mégalithe means big stones in Latin. The wine is appropriately named Mégalithe because the winery is situated in a natural cave. The grapes come from stony, flinty soils – giving the wine a nice minerality. This Sauvignon Blanc is different in style from the previous Blanc Fumé, this wine is richer, fuller, and has more length. Mégalithe is a highly age-worthy wine, as it has the potential to age up to 20 years. It is an elegant gastronomy wine. Due to its great acidity, it will pair perfectly with oysters and seafood.
Château de La Mulonnière “M de Mulonnière” Chenin Blanc 2016 – This wine showcases the diversity of the Loire Valley. M de Mulonnière is a wonderful introduction to Anjou wines. Made from 100% Chenin Blanc, there are subtle notes of almond and honey on the nose. On the palate, this wine is extremely well balanced with nice freshness and acidity.
“Marie de Beauregard” Chinon 2017 – I instantly fell in love with this wine. Marie de Beauregard is an estate located in the village of “La Roche Corbon” near Vouvray. Chinon is the benchmark for Cabernet Franc in the Loire Valley and its best expression is in the Loire. The nose has aromas of green bell peppers with some funky herbaceousness going on. The palate is nice, fresh, and clean with silky tannins and hints of sweet spice and vanilla. This is an outstanding Chinon.
Château de La Mulonnière “L’Effet Papillon” Savennières 2014 – On the nose, you have aromatic white fruit with hints of honey and vanilla. There is a great intensity of fruit on the palate with nice acidity and great length. This is the perfect wine for soft cheeses, grilled shellfish, lobster, and spicy Asian food.