Chateau du Hureau
Chateau du Hureau is situated in Saumur Champigny, in the heart of the Loire valley. The estate was taken over by fifth generation winemaker Philippe Vatan in 1987. He has born with wine in his blood. In 1798 Gabriel Vatan, whose grandfather had married a winegrower's daughter and father was a wine grower, moved with his entire family from Sancerre to Saumur to marry a winegrower's daughter himself – they settled in Dampierre and have been involved with wine ever since. The 18th century château has an octagonal turret topped with a boars head weathervane – Hureau is the name given to an old solitary wild boar. Around 20 hectares are under vine covering about 20 plots in Dampierre sur Loire, Souzay-Champigny and Saumur: 18.5 hectares are planted with Cabernet Franc and 1.5 hectares with Chenin Blanc, all on the famous tuffeau soils the region is renowned for. These grape varieties thrive on the Cretaceous limestone soils, which imbue the wines with an underlying minerality. The estate has been farmed organically since 2009. The wines are made and aged in their tufa cellar which was carved out of the cliff in the 13th century. These are rich and ripe, concentrated and supple wines.