Saumur-Champigny is an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for red wine produced in the Loire Valley region of France. The AOC is located around the towns of Saumur and Champigny-sur-Veude, and the wine is made from the Cabernet Franc grape variety. The wines are known for their rich, elegant and complex character, with good ageing potential. The area under cultivation is around 800 hectares and it is one of the smaller AOC in the Loire Valley. The AOC was created in 1936, Saumur-Champigny wines are considered to be one of the best expressions of Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley. They are typically characterized by a deep ruby colour and aromas of red fruit, and sometimes some floral or spicy notes. The tannins are firm and the acidity is lively, which makes them perfect for ageing.