Saumur-Champigny region explained

Saumur-Champigny region explained


A special denomination for the finest red wines in the region, it is believed that Champigny’s name is derived from the Latin campus igni (field of fire), because of the area’s particularly warm micro-climate during the summer.


Location:The Champigny denomination can be added to the Saumur appellation for the greatest red wines grown in specially defined areas around eight villages near the city of Saumur.

Surface Area:

  • 1,500 hectares / 3,706 acres

Soil:The appellation is scattered over a wide area on chalky slopes of Senonian and Eocene outcrops. The Saumur Champigny vines have a remarkable position on the upper Turonian plateau and on the plateau above the chalk. 

Climate:The region has a temperate maritime climate. 


Annual Production:

  • 85,000 ll / 2,245,462 gallons


  • 55 hl/ha 

Grape Varieties:

  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pineau d’Aunis (very rare)

Growing/Production Practices:Density 4,000-4,500 vines/hectare with single Guyot pruning. 


Tasting notes

  • Appearance: Bright garnet 
  • Nose: Complex and spicy with notes of soft red and black fruits and violet
  • Flavors: Rich and full-bodied, the wines have fine, velvety tannins and are well-balanced. 

Food parings 

  • Grilled steak with shallots
  • Roast chicken
  • Fig-stuffed rabbit

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