New terroirs, star grape varieties, prestigious places and great winemakers in the spotlight … Discover the novelties of a 2020 edition not to be missed!
BLACK ANJOU, WHITE ANJOU… AND NOW BOURGUEIL : THE PAULÉE CONTINUES TO GROW IN 2020
The renewal started in 2019, which allowed the reunion of the two key Anjou terroirs(White Anjou and Black Anjou), will continue in 2020 in the exceptional setting of Château de Saumur, for the 9th edition of the Paulée d'Anjou. The collective movement will gather momentum again this year, with the symbolic reconstitution of the historic Anjou Province. Indeed for the first time, the Paulée d'Anjou will welcome around fifteen organic winemakers from the Bourgueil and Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil appellations. Throughout the day, wine professionals will be able to taste 100% organic / biodynamic cuvées from over 70 winemakers, as well as discover the highlights of the Saumur vineyards. These excursions, organised from the Château de Saumur by bus, will take the form of guided tours and will allow each participant to better understand the geology, history and terroirs of Anjou.
WHITE VINES, BLACK VINES: A SHOW FEATURING THE TWO “STAR” GRAPES OF THE LOIRE VALLEY
This year, the Paulée d'Anjou will honour its two world-famous grape varieties, Chenin and Cabernet Franc : an opportunity for guests to discover the incredible mosaic of Anjou terroirs through these two emblematic grape varieties of the Loire Valley.
AN EXCEPTIONAL DINNER IN A MYTHICAL PLACE
At the end of the day, gastronomic festivities will be held at the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud (the largest Abbey in Europe). In the exceptional setting of the Grand Cloître, a team of Anjou chefs will transcend local organic products for a gala dinner placed under the sign of conviviality and sharing.
A GUEST OF HONOUR EMBODYING TOMORROW'S MARKETS
In line with their international ambitions, the Paulée d'Anjou winemakers have chosen as Guest of Honour the 1st and currently only Chinese Master Sommelier: Yang LU. Awarded "Man of the Year” by Drink Business, “Most Notable Sommelier in China” by Meininger Wine Business International, and “Best Sommelier of Greater China” in 2014, Yang LU has become one of the most influential wine figures in Asia. He is now Wine Consultant for the Shangri-La group and several Michelin-starred restaurants, Founder of Grapea & Co Wine Institute, Chief Wine Editor of Food & Wine (China), Global Wine Ambassador of Hainan Airline, and Co-Chair of International Wine Challenge China.
A rare opportunity to meet THE rising figure of wine in China… and a true Loire Valley enthusiast!
A COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS AT THE SERVICE OF THE PAULÉE D'ANJOU VINEMAKERS
This year again, a committee of experts and Loire connoisseurs will meet on the eve of the Paulée for an “off” tasting of all the cuvées presented at Château de Saumur. Around the Guest of Honour, this committee will bring together a dozen personalities including Pascaline Lepeltier, Best Worker and Best Sommelier of France 2019. On "D-Day" this committee will share its impressions with the winemakers and the guests, with their friendly and benevolent look.