Located in Varrains, the domaine sits right along the main road running south from Saumur directly through the commune before continuing on past Chacé and Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg to Brézé. Here is where you will find the Sanzay residence, cuverie and cave, while the vineyards are scattered around in the communes of Dampierre, St-Cyr-en-Bourg , Varrains and Souzay-Champigny.
Altogether Antoine has 11.4 hectares of vineyards at his disposal; with approx. 10.3 hectares planted to Cabernet Franc, the wines are eligible for the Saumur-Champigny appellation. Alongside his plantings is 1.1 hectares of Chenin Blanc, for which the wines are produced under the Saumur appellation.
His most prized parcels are two 2-hectare plots in the lieu-dit ‘Les Poyeux’, the vineyard best associated with Clos Rougaerd, who also bottle a majestic ‘Les Poyeux’ cuvée. The soils here are very thin, the vine roots digging deep into the limestone rock beneath, with the resulting wine being the most structured in the Sanzay portfolio.
The vineyards are cultivated to organic practices, avoiding chemical treatments. The harvest is always carried out entirely by hand with bunches being transported in 25kg tubs to the Sanzay facilities. Here the bunches are carefully sorted over a table de tri before their successive vinification, the exact details of which depends on the cuvée in question.
Throughout the range you will find there is stylistic continuity, with great tension, focus, vibrant fruit harnessed to absolute linear precision. The reds show a brilliantly judged balance between intense crunchy berry fruits, brooding matiere, croquant tannic grip, and a lingering refined floral element mixed with lovely bite and length.