The vines used to produce the Domaine cuvée are between nearly 40 years old to nearly 85 years old. They thrive in clay and limestone soils that have been organic since 1965. This wine is produced from 100% Cabernet Franc and finishes fermentation in oak, lending itself to greater body and richness.
Farming: Certified organic
Family-run, but above all a pioneer in organic farming in the Loire Valley, Domaine Guion, producer of organic Bourgueil wines, is located in the heart of the village of Benais, on a clay-limestone soil. Domaine Guion has been cultivated organically since 1965. Stéphane, the son, took over the estate in 1994, after a BTS in viti-oeno and various internships, particularly in Bordeaux, as well as experience as cellar master in Chinon. The vines are fully worked, plowed from the end of winter until the beginning of summer, then only under the foot and grassed the rest of the year. After a manual harvest of the grapes, Stéphane Guion leads his vinifications with the help of only indigenous yeasts and without the use of inputs, only moderate doses of sulfur are used during the fermentation to avoid oxidation.
Passionate about the vineyard from an early age, Stéphane has been practicing his profession as an organic Bourgeuil wine producer with a lot of passion and know-how. Domaine Guion, is certified by Ecocert for it's organic viticulture.
100% Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc is a french black grape variety and is one of the worlds 20 most planted vines. It does well in cool, inland climates such as the Middle Loire and Libournais. In Bordeaux, plantings of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon were almost equal in the 1960s. As less profitable white wine vineyards were replaced with red vines, Cabernet Sauvignon was more frequently chosen, so much so that by 2011 the total area planted area of Cabernet Sauvignon was twice that of Cabernet Franc. As a wine, this grape is usually lighter in color and tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. It is typically light to medium bodied and fruit forward with herbaceous notes.
Region: Loire (Bourgueil)
Bourgueil has mostly a continental climate with some maritime influences that are enhanced the further west you go in the AOC. It is situated on the left bank of the Loire River, which provides some climate moderation, to the west of Tours and on the edge of the Maine-et-Loire department. The AOC region stretches over an area of 1400 hectares, encompassing 7 communes of the Indre-et-Loire department: Restigné, Benais, Ingrandes-de-Touraine, Saint-Patrice, Chouzé-sur-Loire, La Chapelle-sur-Loire and Bourgueil.
The wine region contains three different types of soil; the rocky soil of islets rising out of most recent alluvia, the sandy and gravelly soil of high terraces (old alluvia), and the limestone-rich soil of coasts that lean back onto forestland.
Tasting: Smooth red black cherry fruits, silky tannins, medium body
Pairing: Seared duck breast