March 2013 : Quotations in Tasted Journal

In Tasted Journal  Swedish Andreas Larsson, 2007 World Best sommelier and German Markus del Monego, 1998 World Best Sommelier, wrote :

92,5 Château de Targé Les Fresnettes Saumur 2009 (white)

AL - Pale, yellow colour; beautiful nose, firm, flinty and mineral, roasted nuts and citrus confiture (jam), quite mineral style; juicy and vibrant palate, fresh and nervy, almost Burgundian style, mineral with attractively built fruit and a long, lingering aftertaste, very stylish in an austere and vibrant profile. 92 MdM - Bright, yellow with green hue. Initially slight pyrotechnical note, discreet smokiness in a rather Burundian "Coche-Dury Style". Flintstone in the background. On the palate well balanced with excellent length and creamy texture, mature fruit and elegant spiciness in the finish. 93

91 Château de Targé Coteaux de Saumur 2010

AL - Quite deep, golden colour; luscious nose of candied orange, honey and tropical fruits; the palate is unctuous and creamy with tropical fruit, medium to high sweetness balanced by appealing freshness and long, lingering finish. 91 MdM - Golden yellow with amber hue. Aromatic nose with hints of ripe pear, quinces jelly, honey and a touch of minerality. On the palate well balanced acidity and sweetness with rather good length. 91

89,5 Château de Targé Quintessence Saumur Champigny 2010

AL - Medium ruby red; generous nose with some roasted oak, spices and sweet red fruit; the palate is medium bodied, juicy, vibrant with soft texture, good freshness on the finish, some roasted oak, but quite well inte- grated. 88
MdM - Dark, purple red with violet hue and almost black centre. Opulent nose with aromas reminiscent of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted flavours and vanilla. Slightly smokey in the background. Well structured fruit, dark berries and plums. On the palate well structured and balanced with roasted flavours and intense fruit on the tongue and good length. A quite modern, oak driven style. 91

88 Château de Targé Saumur Brut Blanc (Mousseux) 2009 (white)

AL - Light golden colour; quite vinous nose of yeast, brioche, mi- neral and nuts, quite Champagne like; attractive and full palate, creamy texture, good maturity, slightly roasted with yellow fruit, pear, nuts and a long finish - very appealing. 89
MdM - Bright, yellow with green hue. Clean nose with almost ethereal notes, elegant fruit and a hint of minerality. On the palate medium weight and length with crisp character and creamy texture. 87

83,5 Château de Targé Tradition Saumur Champigny 2010

AL - Light to medium, ruby red; young nose of red fruit, herbs and cedar wood; medium weight on the palate, high acidity, integrated but young tannin, fairly long, fresh finish. 84
MdM - Dark, purple red with violet hue. Clean nose with a touch of dark berries and undergrowth. On the palate undergrowth and discreet fruit, medium weight and length. 83

82,5 Château de Targé Saumur Brut Rosé (Mousseux) 2010 

AL - Very pale, Rosé colour; young nose of gra- pefruit, citrus and some floral notes; the palate is fresh, creamy and vibrant with high acidity, crisp fruit and finish. 83
MdM - Pale rosé. Clean nose, but quite closed, displaying little fruit. On the palate rather sim- plistic with firm acidity and medium mousseux. 82