Founded by Maurice Regnier back in the 60s with 2 hectares, Regnier David pioneered organics in Saumur back in the 70s. In 2002 Maurice's 20 year old son, Jean Francoise, took over farming and wine making responsibilities and has slowly grown the domaine to it's current 13 hectares. Father and son have stuck with a dedicated focus on traditional grape varieties and heritage clonal selections of them, propagated as cuttings from other local old vine vineyards.
Jean Francois' Saumur Rouge Paradis comes from a micro AOC called Puy Notre Dame that was created in 2008. This is a 3 hectare vineyard of 45 year old vines, farmed biodynamically, and with solid southern exposure. 5000 bottles are produced each year.
Aroma:It's got that cranberry, cherry, hint of roasting coffee, wet grass combination that is pure honest Loire Cabernet Franc to me. I love Loire Cabernet Francs that smell like ripe juicy fruit, savory earth and chocolate, as well as spicy leafy plants all at the same time; talk about a cool juxtaposition!
Taste: The Regnier David Saumur at first tastes bright and straight as an arrow of crisp pure acidity, but then the mid palate opens right up with this juicy giving, lusher than expected Cab franc fruit. There's just the right amount of tannin on the finish to pull the wine together but it's in a supporting role and very nice. The mid palate has a rich earthy-bittersweet chocolate quality that's delicious and rare; most Loire Cabernet Franc doesn't get ripe enough to develop it.
This is delicious and special Cabernet Franc that is very authentically Saumur and not Bourgueil or Chinon. It's ok if you don't know the difference. Just get a bottle of this and it'll all make sense.
Regnier David's Paradis Saumur will retail for about $19