2016 Frédéric Mabileau ‘Rouillères’ Cabernet Franc Saint-Nic

Picture perfect example of the supple red wines of the Loire. An excellent producer with a rich history. Textbook stuff.

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Inspired by the achievements of his father, Frédéric Mabileau started his personal label in 1988 when he planted his first vines on his wife Nathalie's property known as 'Rouillères'.

Frédéric's family history in winemaking and viticulture harks back to 1620, but with Nathalie by his side, he set out to forge his own reputation. Today his wines are considered benchmarks of quality for the Loire. Organically farmed and crafted with a light touch in the winery, these are wonderfully expressive Cabernet Francs and Chenin Blancs that are utterly compelling to drink.

This, their ‘Rouillères’, is the most sought-after of their range and is perhaps the most representative example of their style of Cabernet Franc. It's lively, just on the lighter side of medium-bodied, and flat out delicious to drink.

This is a charming contemporary example of Franc from the Loire.

This wine epitomises everything that this unique terroir offers in terms of purity, freshness and pleasure. The fruit comes from vines with an average age of 38 years, planted on gravelly sand soils and hand-harvested at 27hl/ha. Fully destemmed and sorted on a table before a pre-ferment cold soak. Fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel, without pigeage but regularly pumped over. The wine spends four months in stainless steel and is naturally cold stabilised. It's racked twice prior to bottling.

93 Points - "Vivid bright purple colour. Cherry, raspberry, subtle leaf and herb perfume, clay, pencils, but almost a liquorice richness. It's light to medium-bodied, impressive depth of flavour, tight graphite tannin, crisp cranberry acidity, satisfying length. Wonderful energy and high drinking appeal. I was tasting, but then decided to drink a glass of this." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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