We recently sat down with Arnaud Saget of Saget La Perrière to taste the latest releases of the wines his firm makes from estate vineyards at La Perrière in the Loire Valley and from long-term growers in Languedoc and elsewhere. Originally from Pouilly-sur-Loire, today the family’s estate vineyards run from Pouilly in the Centre Loire to Anjou [see map]. They produce a wide range of wines from entry level Vin de France wines to single vineyard wines from the Loire’s best growing areas. Le Château de la Mulonnière in Anjou is a relatively new domaine, acquired by the Saget family in 2003. Those wines are now being imported to the US for the first time, and we will review them later.
The Saget family team is comprised of Arnaud, his father Jean-Louis Saget, and his brother Laurent (see photo). Arnaud is General Manager, and Laurent is the lead winemaker along with longtime winemaker Bruno Mineur, while Jean-Louis now manages the family’s hotels and wine tourism activities located in Sancerre. Total production at Saget La Perrière is about 500 thousand cases annually. Saget La Perrière exports its distinctive, quality wines to the US at very reasonable prices. The US Importer is Esprit du Vin [EDV].
Saget La Perrière 2015 Domaine de La Perrière Sancerre ($26) 91 Showing lime citrus, green pear and minerals on the nose, the Sancerre is full of flavor on a stony textured palate of lemon-lime citrus that persists on the protracted finish. Made of 70% estate fruit and aged on the lees for 3 months. 20 thousand cases produced, half of it exported to the US.
Saget La Perrière 2015 La Petite Perrière Pinot Noir Vin de France ($14) 90 Medium ruby red with effusive scents of red berries and cherries. This is an easy drinking, softly textured Pinot Noir that reveals vibrant red fruit and a touch of earthiness on a medium weight palate. The fruit is sourced from vineyards in the Loire and the Languedoc.
Saget La Perrière 2015 La Petite Perrière Rosé Vin de France ($14) 89 Pale pink salmon in color, this is a crisp and fresh, delicate 100% Pinot Noir rosé showing subtle aromas and flavors of red cherry and red raspberry. Made by direct press, the fruit is sourced from estate vineyards in Touraine and contracted vineyards in Languedoc. Phillipe Reculet and Laurent Saget have overall responsibility for the winemaking. Very good wine and excellent value!
Saget La Perrière 2015 La Petite Perrière Sauvignon Blanc Vin de France ($13) 89 Very fresh and appealing in character, the Sauvignon Blanc combines the minerals and herbs of the Loire with the citrus and melon one often finds in a California Sauvignon Blanc, resulting in an attractive, easy drinking wine. The fruit is sourced from estate vineyards in the Loire and fruit purchased under long term contracts from the south of France.
Saget La Perrière 2014 Le Domaine Saget Pouilly-Fumé ($28) 91 Made from the historical vineyard of the Saget family in Pouilly-Fumé, this is a well made wine with subdued steely, citrus aromas and citrus and orchard flavors on a beautifully structured, firm mineral-laden palate. Matured 8-10 months on the lees followed by another 8-10 months in bottle before release.
Saget La Perrière 2015 Les Clissages d’Or Sèvre et Maine Muscadet ($16) 90 Stony minerals and dried flower petals introduce this Muscadet. It shows good intensity on the palate with notes of melon, pear, and a light touch of dry herbs, finishing with good extract and persistence. The fruit is sourced from three different growers who have provided fruit to Saget for over 30 years. Kept on the lees for 7 months. Outstanding value!
Saget La Perrière 2014 Marie de Beauregard Chinon ($20) 92 An absolutely outstanding value, this Chinon shows excellent typicity with lively aromas and flavors of earthy red plum and cherry and refined tannins. 100% Cabernet Franc from estate vineyards barrel aged for 9 months.