Domaine du Pas Saint Martin Village: Doué la Fontaine Appellation: 16ha Saumur Anjou Coteaux du Layon Grower: Laurent Charrier Website: https://www.lepassaintmartin.fr/ Downloadable PDF Domaine du Pas Saint Martin is set among troglodyte caves formed out of ancient fossilized marine life that covered the Saumur region 10 million years ago. During the Middle Ages these caves served the Protestants as secret places of worship. Laurent Charrier and his mother run the domaine which is a certified organic farm. Laurent’s father was not interested in producing wine and thus in 1994 when Laurent took over the responsibility of the domaine, he picked up where his grandfather had left off. He immediately set out to acquire certification for organic farming which he received in 1997. The family vineyards are a bit spread out with small holdings in Anjou and Coteaux du Layon in addition to their primary vineyard in Saumur. The average age of the vines is 25 years with a good part being older than 35 years. Vinification is carried out in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. La Vie en Rose La Vie en Rose is produced in the “Methode Ancestrale”. This method pre-dates the “Methode Champenoise” and employs one interrupted fermentation rather than an induced second fermentation. Centuries ago fermentation would stop naturally or at least retard due to the cooling temperatures in the late fall and winter. The warmer temperatures of spring would reenergize and recommence the fermentation. The “Methode Ancestrale” takes advantage of this natural cycle by taking the partially fermented juice and bottling it in the spring where it finishes its fermentation. Laurent Charrier makes this sparkling wine from Grolleau Noir that is grown in his Anjou vineyard . Grolleau Noir is a centuries old grape type native to the Loire and one that is used primarily in Rosé d’Anjou. Saumur Blanc “La Pierre Frite” The Saumur Blanc is produced from 100% Chenin Blanc that grow in siliceous-limestone soils. Vinification methods include the settling of the must “debourbage” which concentrates the flavors, and extended contact with the lies to enrich the wine. There is no malo-lactic fermentation resulting in a wine that offers springtime aromas and a refreshing palate. Saumur Blanc “Jurassique” The “Jurassique” cuvée is produced from a parcel of 80 year old chenin blanc vines. The yield from this parcel is on average 30hl/ha. After a natural settling of the juice, it is fermented in stainless steel tanks and then matured for less than a year in French oak barrels of one and two years. The wine combines expressive aromatics, a rich mouth feel and great length supported by the wine’s vibrant acidity. Saumur Rouge “La Pierre Frites” The Saumur Rouge “Pierres Frites” is produced from Cabernet Franc that is grown in siliceous-limestone soils. The grapes are de-stemmed and then fermented in stainless steel vats. The maceration lasts about ten days and the fermentation temperature is controlled. The objective is to produce an expressive wine not burdened by harsh tannins. News January 30, 2021 Prehistoric Origins of Lieux-Dit “Pierres Frites” told by Laurent Charrier, Domaine du Pas Saint Martin a translation of Laurent's (pre)historical explanation of the place-name "Pierres Frites", the name of his Saumur Blanc and Saumur Rouge bottlings. MENHIRS During the neolithic era, our distant ancestors erected megaliths (or menhirs) in very particular locations. Blocks of hard stone were placed at points of convergence of water currents and telluric currents (points of energy currents emanating from deep earth). They became objects of radiant force, of revitalization. Men and women would come to these menhirs, to rub themselves against the stone, in order to capture the energy coming from the ground. Oral legends preserved the memory of this ancient period, and today we still have the place-name "Pierre Frite", coming from the Latin "fricta" meaning to rub (against). The existence of sandstone slabs in the wood by our vineyards, confirms, in the eyes of specialists, the hypothesis of the existance here of an erected stone. visit this link to the website for the original (click the neon-moss green bar at the bottom of the page): https://www.lepassaintmartin.fr/fr/le-terroir-p3.html#prettyPhoto Domaine du Pas Saint Martin has been Ecocert certified since 1997 and is devoted to the cause of biodiversity. Also check out this link : https://www.lemondedepierrefrite.fr/familles.htm to their site "La Monde de Pierre Frite". Since 2009 the Domaine, teaming up with other skilled artisans in its community, has devolped an interactive teaching program for children to encourage awareness and understanding of biodiversity. The Domaine was awarded the 2012 Eco-Trophy by the Parc National Loire-Anjou-Touraine. On the site you can watch videos of kids in the vineyards learning, seeing, photographing the fauna and flora populating the vines and neigboring woods. There is a "galerie" of photos taken by the children that is not to miss!