This new organic cuvée from one of our favourite vineyards - La Tour Boisée - is a real gem. It's a fruity blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 70% Cabernet Franc, producing a Bordeaux-esque wine which is easy and enjoyable to drink, and great for a casual drink "entre amis" or with simple a meal. Keeps for up to 5 years. Superb value.
In the producer's own words: "Camouflaged in the vineyards of Laure, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet-Franc, like a chameleon, savor the place and, for the occasion, play with words. Mysterious as a starry sky, Cab et Léon is serene, caught in the act of gluttony!"
A beautiful deep purple colour while being bright and clean. Ripe black fruits, fresh plum, black cherries, blackberries, with fruits that appear concentrated but not jammy, leaving a feeling of freshness. Fruity, crunchy, supple, full-bodied and greedy in the mid-palate. The tannins are present but with a lot of elegance of Cabernet Sauvignon and the sensation of dried cut hay of Cabernet Franc is very present
Drinkable today, with more complexity developing over the next 3 years.
Sufficiently light to pair with chicken, but works best with lamb, beef and cheese. La Tour de Boisée suggest it goes particularly well with a fresh pasta bolognese with pecorino and basil; or as an aperitif with a charcuterie board. Ideal serving temperature 13-15 degrees.
About the vineyard:
Domaine La Tour Boisée is a family-run estate established in 1826. Jaques and Jean-Francois pour their love and expertise into producing small-scale fine wines from their 60 hectares, overlooked by the 12th Century tower that used to be part of a fortification wall of the local village, that sits proudly in the heart of the estate.
La Tour Boisée is named for a remnant of the village's fortifications, built in 1165 and now in the garden of the estate. Marie-Claude and her husband Jean-Louis Poudou, a vintner himself from a long line of winegrowers, inherited the Domaine in 1982 from her parents. The family has been there since around 1826 and each generation has shown itself committed to the land.
Today the estate is made up of 200 acres of vineyards. Care has been taken over the years to conserve the finest vines of the old varieties while updating and improving the rest of the vineyard. The result is a rich diversity of wines, each of which can be traced back to a specific plot of vines.
Great emphasis is placed on perfecting the local art of blending, traditional to Languedoc wine-making. Marsanne, Macabeu, Muscat Petit Grain and Sauvignon Blanc are used for the white wines; Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan and Mourvedre for the reds. Each variety is planted on carefully selected sites and different training methods are employed to achieve optimum ripeness in the grapes. The family have recently moved to organic production; full certification began with the 2013 vintage of Domaine La Tour Boisée.
The family also produce a second line of Vin de Pays Côteaux de Peyriac wines under the label Domaine de Subremont.
Sustainability credentials: Good (2*)
Certified as organic by Agriculture Biologique, a trusted French organisation. Tour Boisée has been organic for ten years, and have embedded organic and some biodynamic methods into their estate. Although they practice lower-intervention techniques, they do still add small quantities of sulphites to ensure the wine travels well and is of consistent quality.
||Vin du Pays D'Oc & IGP Coteaux de Peyriac
||30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 70% Cabernet Franc
|Organic (Certifié Agriculture Biologique)