2017 St Nicolas de Bourgueil, Les Rouillères, Frédéric Mabileau

2017 St Nicolas de Bourgueil, Les Rouillères, Frédéric Mabileau

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2017 St Nicolas de Bourgueil, Les Rouillères, Frédéric Mabileau

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Frédéric and Nathalie Mabileau are a husband and wife team who spend a huge amount of time and energy maintaining their vineyards, which are situated just north of the river Loire. They are firm believers in hand-harvesting and in organic farming methods. Pale ruby in colour, this Cabernet Franc displays varietal aromas of red cherry and raspberry alongside a subtle leafiness on the nose. On the palate, the concentration of these red fruit flavours really comes through, joined by sweet red pepper and all perfectly balanced by a fresh acidity and gravelly minerality.
Drink 2019 to 2020
Adam Bruntlett, Buyer (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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