Welcome on the website of the Château de Targé!
Welcome to the Château de Targé !
Here, you will learn everything about our wines - and especially the famous Saumur-Champignys - about their terroir, their history and their medals. You will have the possibility to order wine, and learn about our distributors where you can find them.
Finally, you can take a look on our "gîte de charme" for two, for a day or a week.
I wish you a pleasant visit,
Nov 2013 A tasting of an Argentina Cabernet Franc
At home, with family, we recently tasted a Cabernet Franc - the variety of Saumur-Champigny - quite remarkable, from one of the most beautiful regions of Argentina: we find again this typical character of black fruits, blackberries and blueberries, with a touch of roasted nuts and a good dose of black pepper. It really is a good and beautiful little known variety finally!
Oct 2013 Harvest comments
After a cold, damp winter and a dull, particularly rainy spring , the weather finally changed at the end of June - to every one's delight - and became hot and dry . The late flowering took place in good conditions and the three weeks delay in relation to the past few years was reduced to two weeks. Then just before the Autumn equinox we had a welcome 40 mm of rain. After that, the weather became rather unpredictable, fluctuating between hot, humid, sunny and grey : perfect conditions for ripening ... but also for rot.
The Chenin Blanc harvest in several tris for the Crémants went well, and we made more than expected, in spite of a severe selection to guarantee the finesse of the bubbles. The "Les Fresnettes" harvest was more difficult, with smaller yields, because although full maturity was reached, the alcoholic degree was not as high as we'd hoped ... but there is fruit, fat, and structure. A twice weekly bâtonnage (stirring the lees at the bottom of the cask to put them back in suspension – good for the arm muscles!) will be more than necessary this year.
The Reds, paradoxically, were harvested in good shape, as the thick skins of the Cabernet Franc protected them from rot. They were harvested in the nick of time. Once again we'll be making fruity, fresh, elegant reds. And there is even a new cuvée in the making, which will be less tannic but more rounded than the Cuvée Ferry....Wait and see !
Sept 2013 : "Le Point" magazine
The Saumur Champigny 2011 du Château de Targé has been noted 14.50 / 20
Red fruits, cherry, very ripe strawberries, meaty, dense, fine tannins, velvety, very fresh, harmonious, greedy. 8 €