Francois-Xavier Barc has partnered with wine makers who share his philosophy and passion for wine to create Complices de Loire. Pleasure and quality are the main focus, stringent parcel selection, sustainable winemaking, precise vinifications to highlight Loire Valley appellations such as Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgeuil, Bourgeuil, Chinon, Saumur-Champigny and Touraine.
In the Loire Valley, Timonerie is used as a synonym for Castle. Grown on clay and gravel soil, this 100% Cabernet Franc from Chinon, is fruity, soft and exudes aromas of red berries. A great match with grilled meats. –Winemaker Notes
Ahead of its time, Le Domaine de l’écu has been certified as an organic agriculturist since 1975 and certified in Biodynamics since 1988 (Demeter) for the whole of its 23 hectares. In addition, we have renounced all artificial technology in our cellars to break with the movement of standardisation of wines and preserve the bond linking each one of our vats to a particular soil and a particular vintage.
We are proud to belong to the group “Renaissance des Appellations” who strongly recommend this respect of the soil and who gather together a large number of the great European wine producers. Ploughing, low yields, harvest by hand, use of gravity (no use of pump before bottling), no racking of the must, indigenous yeasts and very few sulfites or no sulfites. Just true wines, no make up !
100% Cabernet Franc. Romain Guiberteau produces three red cuvees. Les Arboises comes from a calcareous lieu-dit in Brézé and Les Montelles from a mature single-site in the southerly part of the appellation. This all-to-gluggable Domaine comes from 50-80 year old vines; 75% of the grapes are plucked from limestone soils and 25% from more clay dominant. The wine is raised simply, first in stainless steel and then finished in older barrels. A pure, pristine and seductive explosion of high-toned florals and crunchy, red berry and savoury aromas lead to a palate drenched in similar flavours along with very subtle hints of old school liquorice and black olive. The mouth feel is super pretty, cool and refreshing with some ultra-fine tannins reminding us that there is some depth here. It’s the kind of red we tend to fall for and it’s a wine we hope you’ll love to drink; so lively and yet so deliciously low key.
The 2011 vintage is very floral with predominant notes of violet. Rounding out the nose are aromas of dry herbs and hints of orange peel, white pepper and currant. On the palate, fresh red berries, cassis and strawberry. This wine has plenty of texture and is rich mid-palate, but has a soft and creamy finish.