Philippe et Georges Vatan, ‘Lisagathe’, Chateau du Hureau Saumur-Champigny 2005

88++ points

Saumur-Champigny, Loire, France. 14%

A stunning example of the quality of Loire reds in 2005. The height of Cabernet Franc. Super intense and concentrated without the slightest of hot climate character. An absolute baby, not for drinking now.

A word of warning, we consumed this over about 5 nights (refrigerating it in between – but not drinking it cold!), each time even small amounts of this youthful wine gave us allergic reactions (from face flushes to headaches). If you suffer in the slightest way from reactions to youthful red wines then leave this for 10 years or longer – I truly expect it will last the distance and be a remarkable wine.

Try from 2012-2015.

2 thoughts on “Philippe et Georges Vatan, ‘Lisagathe’, Chateau du Hureau Saumur-Champigny 2005

  1. Very fond of Saumur Champigny. Haven’t tried this one. What really interested me was your comment about allergic reactions. I have gotten exactly the reactions described from very young cheap wine. Thought it was just my own peculiarity. Surprised that you got it from Saumur Champigny though.

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