2009 Bourgueil, Cuvée Prestige, Domaine Lamé Delisle Boucard, Loire

2009 Bourgueil, Cuvée Prestige, Domaine Lamé Delisle Boucard, Loire

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2009 Bourgueil, Cuvée Prestige, Domaine Lamé Delisle Boucard, Loire

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A visit here is a treat: tastings of old vintages in the atmospheric cellars, cut deep into the tuffeau limestone, can last for hours. This domaine prides itself on making wines for the long haul, only releasing them when they are ready. This is their most age-worthy cuvée; I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy examples dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. The fruit is from the oldest and most steeply sloping hillside vineyards, yielding a wine with a mineral backbone and outstanding ageing potential. The winemaking is unashamedly traditional: three-week fermentation in open-top oak vats, with regular punching down to extract colour and structure; before ageing for a year or so in huge and ancient circular foudres. The bottles then slept for several years underground before release. This was a warm vintage – a great one for Loire Cabernet Franc – and this wine is beginning to drink well now. Mineral and saline, there is plenty of energetic red and black fruit, classic pencil-lead notes and the first hints of maturity – leather, sous-bois and tobacco. Note that due to being unfiltered, this wine may throw a sediment; decanting is therefore recommended. Drink now to 2035.

Adam Bruntlett, Wine Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Jul 2021)

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Domaine Lame Delisle Boucard

Domaine Lame Delisle Boucard

Created by Pierre Guyot in 1869, this historic wine domaine was passed to his son-in-law Jules Lamé, who took advantage of the phylloxera crisis and one of the first in the region to plant grafted vines. Little by little he increased the vineyard holdings. Returning from a prisoner of war camp in 1945, Jules’ son Lucien took the decision with his wife Yvonne to bottle their entire 1947 crop to sell under their own label instead of selling it to the négociants as they had previously done.

Whilst the domaine does produce a brasserie-style wine, Les Chesnaies, it is in the Cuvée Prestige that most interest lies. This is made from the oldest vines on the mid-slope parcels, where the clay-chalk soil is the most interesting. The wines are vinified in large tronconic barrels and raised in large old oak foudres for varying lengths of time depending on the vintage.

Philippe Boucard, who currently runs the estate with his wife, sister and brother-in-law, is a jovial and friendly chap who loves nothing more than talking politics and sport over a few old bottles deep in the domaine’s well-stocked tuffeau cellars underneath the cuverie. It is often tricky to extricate oneself once he has the corkscrew to hand.

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Bourgueil

Bourgueil

Bourgueil is a qualitatively-important, dry red wine appellation in Touraine, if quantitatively small (1,500 hectares).

Located west of Tours, its vineyards are planted with Cabernet Franc on calcareous clay and sandy soils gently inclined south, towards the River Loire. The wines are medium to full-bodied and fleshy, possessing rich, perfumed raspberry and forest-fruit characters, underpinned by a fine structure with the potential for up to 20 years ageing. Wines are vinified for up to 18 months in French oak barrels.

Recommended producers: Domaine de la Butte (Jacky Blot), Domaine de la Chevalerie

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Cab.Franc

Cab.Franc

Cabernet Franc is widely planted in Bordeaux and is the most important black grape grown in the Loire. In the Médoc it may constitute up to 15% of a typical vineyard - it is always blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and is used to add bouquet and complexity to the wines. It is more widely used in St.Emilion where it adapts well to the cooler and moister clay soils - Cheval Blanc is the most famous Cabernet Franc wine in the world, with the final blend consisting of up to 65% of the grape.

Cabernet Franc thrives in the Loire where the cooler growing conditions serve to accentuate the grape's herbaceous, grassy, lead pencil aromas. The best wines come from the tuffeaux limestone slopes of Chinon and Bourgeil where growers such as Jacky Blot produce intense well-structured wines that possess excellent cellaring potential.

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