2019 Domaine des Hauts Baigneux Les Pentes Cabernet Franc / Grolleau / Gamay

Loire Valley, France

Vin de Soif with plenty of character. A wild ride of juicy berries, herbs, and peppery lift. Loire red in its most natural form. Utterly charming.



About The Wine

Les Pentes is a blend of three classic Loire varieties, each bringing something different to the party. Grolleau, particularly local to Azay-le-Rideau, brings freshness and vibrancy to the structure and fruit offered up by Cabernet Franc and Gamay respectively.

Light bodied, juicy, and vibrant this is the epitome of Vin de Soif (or picnic wines as they shall hence forth be known). It’s a delightful jumble of fruit, perfume, and spice. Enjoy with a slight chill if you like.

About Domaine des Hautes Baigneux

Domaine des Hautes Baigneux is a collaboration between friends Philippe Mesnier and Nicolas Grosbois. Philippe and Nicolas share vinous philosophies but also a desire to see the excellent, but overlooked, terroir of Azay-le-Rideau back on the map. In 2013 they purchased 12 hectares in this small AC and Domaine Hauts Baigneux was born.

Azay-le-Rideau is just outside Chinon, it has excellent limestone soils and, whilst it is most well-known for Chenin Blanc and Rose, Hautes Baigneaux are leading the charge with quality reds.

The lo-fi wines of this Estate are farmed organically and made with minimal intervention. They are transparent and often wild expressions of variety and terroir. Many would argue this is what Loire Valley is all about. Get stuck in.

Philippe Mesnier and Nicolas Grosbois
Philippe Mesnier and Nicolas Grosbois
Azay-le-Rideau, Loire Valley, France
Additional Info

From The Importer

Some new vintages available from Philippe Mesnier and Nicolas Grosbois. The story started when they purchased 12 hectares of vines in Azay-le-Rideau in 2013. Nicolas, born and bred in the area, has always seen a lot of potential in this relatively unknown terroir a few kilometres east of Chinon. The duo immediately began farming the vines organically and achieved certification in recent years. They want to share what Azay-le-Rideau can showcase.

Blend : Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Grolleau
ABV : 14%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml

Philippe Mesnier and Nicolas Grosbois
Philippe Mesnier and Nicolas Grosbois
Azay-le-Rideau, Loire Valley, France
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Cabernet franc, gamay and grolleau blend. Curious! Touraine on show! Juicy, light and fresh feeling red of skittish nature, crisp acidity, a light web of tannins, earthiness, seaweed, salty characters and lots of pepper. Wild style wine here. Refreshing in a way. Mad. Dive in."- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


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