Producer Profile

Frantz Saumon

Frantz Saumon, rooted in organic and biodynamic practices, established his domaine in Montlouis-sur-Loire in 2002, drawing inspiration from his diverse experiences, including forestry and tutelage under Christian Chaussard. With a focus on purity and dryness, Frantz crafts his wines using natural fermentation, eschewing even the method Champenoise for his sparkling wines, which are exclusively pétillant naturel. His mastery extends to Chenin vineyards with diverse soils, from tuffeau to clay over limestone, each parcel imbuing his wines with unique character. Notably, Clos du Chene, sourced from ancient vines, exemplifies his quest for terroir-driven excellence.

Where The Wines Come From

Loire Valley

The Loire Valley, renowned for its picturesque landscapes and historic chateaux, is also a prominent region for natural wine production. Nestled along the meandering Loire River, this diverse wine region boasts a rich viticultural heritage dating back centuries. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in natural winemaking, with many producers embracing sustainable and organic practices. In the Loire Valley, natural winemakers often focus on expressing the unique terroir of their vineyards, allowing the grapes to shine with minimal intervention. From the crisp, mineral-driven whites of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé to the elegant, light-bodied reds of Chinon and Bourgueil, the diversity of grape varieties and styles in the region is reflected in its natural wines. These wines typically exhibit vibrant acidity, bright fruit flavors, and a sense of purity that captures the essence of the Loire Valley's cool climate and limestone-rich soils. With its commitment to authenticity and respect for nature, the Loire Valley continues to be a beacon for those seeking distinctive and environmentally conscious wines.