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100% Cabernet Franc
The David family have been making wine in the Loire since 1634, making Sebastien 15th generation winemaker. The 15-hectare domaine is situated at Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil and only Cabernet Franc is grown, mainly from vines planted by Sebastien's parent shortly after the end of the 2nd World War, but also from vines planted in the 1930's.
Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil is the appellation for red wines in the central Loire Valley wine region of France. The wines are made predominantly or entirely from Cabernet Franc.The gravelly alluvial soils close to the banks of the Loire generate lighter, fresher styles with aromas of red berries and licorice. Those rich in the local 'tuffeau jaune' stone type produce richer, spicier wines with 'animal' aromas such as leather and fur.
Cabernet Franc is a black-skinned French wine grape variety grown in most wine producing nations. The variety is most famously known as a key red grape in the Loire Valley and as the third grape of Bordeaux. It can be found in many of the world's top Bordeaux blend wines.
The vines grow on limestone and clay soils with a little gravel - ideal for the cultivation of Cabernet Franc. All is biodynamic at the estate, hand-harvesting is employed and the wines are fermented with natural yeasts and contain no added sulphur.
This delicious red is aged in clay amphora and is pressed by the traditional foulage method (i.e. by foot). Hurluberlu translates into 'crank' or 'eccentric', much like Sebastien himself!