2015 Bourgueil, Racines, Frédéric Mabileau, Loire

2015 Bourgueil, Racines, Frédéric Mabileau, Loire

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2015 Bourgueil, Racines, Frédéric Mabileau, Loire

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This wine is a bin-end, discounted by 20%.

Les Racines 2015 has really hit its straps after three years in bottle. It hails from a relatively cool site (farmed organically), with stony soils, so takes longer to come round than the richer RouillÃ'res. The nose is bright and engaging, with black fruit and savoury notes of grilled meat and black pepper. Expect fresh acidity but remarkably supple tannins - owing, in part, to its élevage in used 600-litre foudres. In fact, this is downright voluptuous compared to the majority of Loire Cabernet Francs. Impressive length too. Drink now to 2022.
Will Heslop, Burgundy Buying Assistant (spring 2019)
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Frederic Mabileau

Frederic Mabileau

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Saumur-Champigny

Saumur-Champigny

Saumur-Champigny is an Anjou-Saumur appellation noted for the uncomplicated, fruit-forward character of its Cabernet Franc red wines grown on the sand over chalky tuffeau soils. The wines are aged predominantly in old oak or inert vessels to give a good-value, early-drinking style. Château du Hureau is a consistently good source.

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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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