Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil Le Fondis 2016, Domaine Amirault
France / Loire
Andy's Tasting Notes
An almost Pinot Noir like elegance and delicacy in this regal and expressive version of old vine Cabernet Franc. A delicious amalgam of rich fruit, attractive aromatics and fresh balancing minerality and acidity. A class act.
Le Fondis vineyard is in close proximity to the Loire river with a southern exposure, this gives it a specific microclimate unique to this area. The winemaking process is a very `hands off` affair; the grapes are put straight into 500l oak barrels (not new oak) and fermentation is through the natural yeasts only – nothing is added. The resulting wine is complex with mature red fruits, spicy, earthy notes and a mineral character from the deep gravel over clay soils. Very long on the finish with an elegant acidity.
Price per bottle £26.50
9 in stock
The estate, certified Ecocert and Demeter, is cultivated to biodynamic guidelines, respecting the environment. Clos des Quarterons is a 37 hectare family run estate and the sixth generation of the Amirault family, Agnes and Xavier are now in charge. The domaine plants Cabernet Franc and has been joined by just over a hectare of Chenin Blanc, planted on gravel and siliceous soils that trap the heat of the sun.
Food matchLovely with mature cheeses