Romain Guiberteau continues to outdo his immensely talented self with wines that belong in the same category as the best of Burgundy, Bordeaux, or anywhere.
His Cabernet Franc has also become one of the best in the entire Loire Valley.
This wine is absolutely delicious, in high demand, and unfortunately in very small quantity. Less than 60 cases produced.
The fruit was fully de-stemmed and the wine is naturally fermented in concrete before resting for 18 months in a mixture of new, one, two, and three-year-old barrels. Guiberteau ages this cuvée for longer than this other reds, both in barrel and bottle, feeling this site’s more angular tannins require extra refinement.
Still very young, it is already super-sexy with a wonderfully pitched balance of seductive flesh and chalky, powdery, smoky, savoury notes that drive right through the palate. The fruit profile is dark, (cherry, blackberry and something bloody) but there’s also loads of florals (dark rose and violet), fresh herbs and some classy oak spice.
Bottle Size: 750ml
Producer: Domaine Guiberteau
Region: Saumur, France (2.47 ac)
Variety: Cabernet Franc
Vine Age: Planted in 1957
Terroir: Hill of Brézé, facing south, sand and silt topsoils over limestone bedrock
Viticulture: Organic. Pruning method is Guyau Val de Loire. Grapes are harvested by hand and carefully sorted in the vineyard.p
Vinification: 100% de-stemmed, 10 days to 4 weeks maceration in concrete tanks, indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged for 18 months in barrel (80% new, 20% 1-year-old).