On Est Su L’Sable 2018, A la Vôtre (Loire Valley, France)
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Grapes: Cabernet Franc Region: Loire Valley, France Style: Red ABV: 12.5% Any added sulphites:No Filtered:No Size: 75cl
This supersoif red has raspberry and herbal notes, and gentle tannins. Fantastic chilled!
As the name implies, this wine is made from Cabernet Franc grapes that have been grown in a sandy vineyard near Chinon. It has none of the harsh aspects that Cabernet Franc can display in the wrong hands. Laurent understands this grape well and coaxes a suppleness, fruitiness and juiciness from this grape to make this fine, gulpable wines. The grapes are harvested manually in small crates and undergo carbonic maceration for up to 30 days in cement tanks. The grapes are then pressed in a screw press before completing the fermentation in large fibreglass tanks. The wine is neither fined nor filtered.
When Laurent Lebled found himself out of a job after more than 30 years as a wood merchant, wine wasn't the first thing on his mind, however, with a bit of encouragement from his friends Sébastien Bobinet and Patrick Corbineau, who inherited some vines, Laurent found his true passion. Laurent now fully helms the operation, producing sulfur-free, carbonically macerated reds. One noteworthy particularity is that he lets his macerations go a full 30 days (a "typical" full carbonic maceration lasts 12 to 15 days), instilling the wines with rusticity often lacking in many of the fruity carbonic gulpers made in the same style.