Haut Poitou found 50 miles to the south of Saumur produces wines noted for their power and intensity. Here’s a blast of citrus and exotic fruit flavours, big bold and round
THE WINES OF DOMAINE SAUVION: Eccentric – almost certainly . . . Brilliant – definitely. Pierre Jean is a true craftsman. Born right in the middle of the “garden” (as their vineyard holdings are known), wine fanatic Pierre-Jean spent his childhood literally surrounded by vines. This château, in the heart of the Nantes vineyards, has belonged to the Sauvion family since 1935 and, with its old vaulted cellars, is one of the most ancient properties in the Sèvre et Maine vineyard.