Romain's 'estate' Cabernet Franc is carefully sourced from three old vineyards (aged between 50 and 60 years old). Everything is harvested by hand, before being naturally fermented in concrete tanks and aged up to 12 months before bottling. A perfect snapshot of Saumur through the lens of its iconic red grape.
This is an especially enticing, smokey expression of Cabernet Franc. Succulent, slightly sour red cherry layer with soft herbs, roasted red pepper and a healthy whack of cracked black pepper on the finish. Approachable now, but very capable of ageing for at least another five years (if you can wait that long)
"The whites have obvious class and demonstrate all the potential for white-wine production in Saumur. The reds, not to be outdone, capture a unique expression of Cabernet Franc that surpasses all expectations. This is a departure for the real or supposed spirit of Saumur, with a quality of fruit that puts them alongside the greatest wine in France, be they from Burgundy, the Languedoc or Bordeaux."
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Romain Guiberteau is a protégé of Clos Rougeard, one of France's most innovative and sought after wineries. Run by Nady Foucault and his late brother Charly, Clos Rougeard helped redefine the Saumur region - specifically Brézé - through biodynamic farming methods and a low intervention mindset.
It was this philosophy, and attention to detail, that Romain Guiberteau applied to his own Domaine in 1996. Since then, his wines have skyrocketed to a similar level of acclaim to Clos Rougeard and deservedly so. His stunning expressions of Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc are like gold dust and also offer incredible value if you manage to source them directly from the winery (as we have done here). You don't want to miss out on these.