Chateau de Fosse-Séche

France, Loire, Saumar



Fosse Seche was discovered by the Benedictine monks around the 10th century and was already producing wine in the early 1200's. It is a knoll (17 ha. of vines, not far from Doué-La Fontaine) of silex (flint) embedded and exploded into oxides of iron. The geological name is Eolithe. About 70% of the production is Cabernet Franc and 30% Chenin Blanc. Biodynamic, in fact surrounded by 30 hectares of woods and fields (a national bird sanctuary), bee hives, and now goats, makes this the perfect bio-dynamic milieu. A special feature is that Guillaume Pire and his brother Adrien vinify and age their rouge Eolithe in concrete "eggs" and older barriques.


Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Saumur Blanc "Arcane" A.O.C. Chenin Blanc 5-15 years Flint with clay Biodynamic
Saumur Rouge "Eolithe" A.O.C. 95% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon 10-50 years Flint with clay Biodynamic
Saumur Rouge Reserve du Pigeonnier Cabernet Franc 50-60 years Flint with clay Biodynamic