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Region: Bourgueil < Loire Valley < France
Grapes: Cabernet Franc
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified biodynamic farming (Demeter); 25 year old vines on sand, gravel and clay-limestone soils; 12-day carbonic maceration (entire bunches - unseeded) in tanks saturated with carbon dioxide; bottled unfined, with a slight filtration (vegan) and no-added sulfites (zero-zero); 11.5% ABV
Winemaker: Laurent Herlin
Laurent Herlin was a computer engineer before buying 15 acres around Bourgueil and became an old-school farmer. For him, biodynamics is a way of life and his boss is Mother Nature, who tells him when to plant, harvest, and nourish his grapes. She must’ve also told him to make a playful, glou glou Cabernet Franc. Because most Bourgueil Cab Franc is dense, tannic, and often green, but ‘Tsoin Tsoin’ is a light, fresh and vibrant carbonic version that is down to (holiday) party. It glows a bright magenta hue in the glass, and tastes like a strawberry/tart plum adult juice box, with crunchy leaves, winter spice and zippy acidity. A chill is mandatory here.