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St Nicolas de Bourgueil Les Graviers Domaine du Mortier 2016

Cabernet Franc Collection by Philglas & Swiggot

  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2016
  • ABV: 12,9%
  • Origin: Indre-et-Loire/France
  • Grapes: 100% Cabernet Franc

Description

The Boisard brothers Cyril and Fabien are not from a winemaking family, but both fell in love with working in the vineyard as teenagers when Dad bought a house with half a hectare of vines. They created the domaine in 1996 and have gradually expanded their holdings to 13ha employing three other full-time staff. The brothers are passionate practitioners of biodynamic viticulture and part of a group of about ten vignerons, in Bourgueil and Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil, who pull together to make their biodynamic preparations. Whenever they plant vineyards, they contribute to biodiversity by planting trees such as chestnut, acacia and ash, creating a balanced eco-system to help fight pests and diseases. The vineyards lie just below the woods on an upper terrace of the right bank of the Loire.

The Boisard family have 13 ha of biodynamically worked vine split across 28 parcels. Their wines are all marked by an incredible purity of fruit, low alcohol, silky tannins and are unfined and unfiltered. This wine was given five days longer maceration than the Sables and was aged in 13-15yo barrels. It feels very at ease, with elegant, natural fruit, so easy to drink. Very low sulphur of around 25 mg/l total using elemental sulphur from a Polish mine.

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