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Tasting notes: This is one of the purest expressions of Loire Cabernet Franc, made by the master of St-Nicolas-de-Bourgeuil, Frederic Mabileau. The grapes were farmed using organic and biodynamic practices. Unencumbered by oak, this is a wine which is concentrated yet also pure and refreshing. There’s a wonderful purity of red and black fruits, accompanied by the classic graphite note of Cabernet Franc. Ideally served slightly chilled, this is a crunchy and invigorating red which pairs well with a wide variety of foods.
Based in Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, in the Loire Valley’s Touraine region, Frederic Mabileau is a 28ha estate which has emerged over the last 20 years as one of the world’s greatest producers of Cabernet Franc. The Domaine has been run by Frederic’s wife, Natalie and her two sons, Charly & Remy since the tragic passing of Frederic in August 2020.
Frederic planted his first vines in the late 1980’s in the ‘Rouilleres’ vineyard which was owned by Natalie. Here he farmed the grapes for the ‘Rouilleres’ cuvee and later Eclipse. After his dad retired in 2003, Frederic combined his Domaine with his dad's which gave him vineyard holdings in St Nicolas de Bourgueil, Bourgueil, Saumur and Anjou. The Domaine has been certified Organic since 2007 and Biodynamic since 2018. These are some of the most pure and complex expressions of Cabernet Franc we have come across. They are a testament to the love and hard work which Frederic put into his vineyards.
The Mabileau vision of biodynamic and organic viticulture continues, along with the spirit of Frederic’s inexhaustible enthusiasm for experimentation and progressiveness. This means no yeasts are added in the cellar but a reliance on naturally occurring yeasts to start fermentation. In their view this enhances the “sense of place” of these wines. An ambitious new cellar project was completed in 2020, and in 2019 they acquired a parcel of Chenin Blanc in Montsoreau, on a 30% slope overlooking the Loire.
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