September 2010: Guide Hachette 2011

chateau de targe

"Amateurs already know the story of this domaine, which is
featured regularily in our guide. A former residence of Louis XIV's
personal secretary, Gambetta and Jules Ferry also lived there, not to
mention Edgard Pisani, Minister of Agriculture and father of the
present owner."

Château de Targé, Saumur Champigny 2008

"This garnet-red Saumur-Champigny 2008 has a classic bouquet of ripe
cherries underpinned with hints of leather. Supple and well-balanced
on the palate, the silkiness of the tannins supports the maturity of
the wine. Enjoy with a juicy steak with shallots, or, as our epicurian
producer says, with monkfish cooked in mustard or skate with capers.."

Château de Targé, Saumur Blanc Les Fresnettes 2008

"Edouard Pisani-Ferry, at the helm of this estate since 1978, has named
this cuvé after his mother. The grapes used were treated as if they
were going to be made into sweet wine, but were then picked
deliberately early and vinified as a dry white. The nose is certainly
that of grapes harvested at full maturity: the ripe fruit flavours
dominate, but there is also a touch of citrus fruits and restrained
vanilla oakiness. This follows on the palate which is powerful, almost
sweet, but balanced with a good acidity that gives it a pleasant lift
on the finish. A rich wine that we would recommend with grilled
chicken or salmon in a cream sauce."

"The Saumur Brut Blanc de Targé 2007, is full-flavoured and toasty making
it an appetising start to a meal - why not with cuttlefish cooked in
garlic and parsley. It has been quoted."