Taste: The wine is vinified in stainless-steel and bottled unfiltered. It is rich in red fruit flavors, with a touch of tobacco and licorice in the finish and has excellent aging potential.
Domaine Filliatreau lies above the city of Saumur in the village of Chaintre. Frédrik Fillliatreau is the fourth generation to run the estate. His great grandfather planted it with some vines but also with grains and vegetables, polyculture being typical in the French countryside at that time; Frédrik's grandfather made wine but mainly for the family while selling off most fruit. Things changed dramatically when Frédrik's father Paul took over in 1967. He began bottling and selling estate wine, making Filliatreau one of the first to do so in a co-op-driven region and era. Paul built a new cellar in 1978 and overhauled the winemaking approach, moving the wines from the more rustic, tannic, closed-concrete-tank style then typical of Saumur to a pioneering light, fresh, tank-aged style. It caught on quickly in Parisian bistros, which became and remains the main market for Filliatreau wines. Paul took much inspiration from celebrated Chinon vigneron Charles Joguet in cellar and vineyard, including beginning massale selection for all replanting of vines. Together, Paul and Frédrik tilted the farming gradually in a more natural direction; today Filliatreau is in conversion to organics.