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Region: Saumur-Champigny < Loire Valley < France
Grapes: Cabernet Franc
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: mixture of heavy clay soils with exposed volcanic tuffa; fruit is hand harvested and sorted first in the vineyard, then in the cellar; carbonic fermentation then raised in stainless steel underground in their cellar dug into the tufa; bottled unfined/unfiltered no added So2; 12% ABV
Winemaker: Julien Fouet
This small estate, a classic father-and-son operation, has six generations of wine growing and producing under its belt, with dad tending (organically) to the vineyards, and young Julien making the wines. And what a fun little wine this is, carbonic Cab Franc with a lift and freshness that makes you want to gulp. The palate is silky smooth, but still a little edgy so you know it's real. She is brightly French and autumnal, full of cinnamon sticks, cranberry, orange and that unmistakable crunchy, savory Cab Franc fruit. And, like all good carbonic reds, she’s DTC – down to chill. 30 minutes in the fridge is just enough to make the fruit pop.