Chateau de Bois-Brincon Anjou AOC Le Clos Bertin 2012

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In the heart of Anjou stands Château de Bois-Brinçon, a domaine founded in 1219 by the Saint Jean d’Angers hospital. The domaine remained church property until 1791, when it was confiscated by the state and sold as a national asset. Xavier Cailleau is now the fifth generation of his family to own and work some of the oldest plantings of chenin, grolleau, and cab franc — 125 years and older — in the Loire. Xavier and his wife Géraldine, along with a small team, farm their 24 hectares biodynamically, out of profound conviction and in perpetuation of tradition, to offer “the true face of the soil.” “Le Clos Bertin” is considered their age-worthy vin de gard, hailing from the tiny 2 hectare plot. Clos Bertin is a single parcel composed of chunky rocks called "grès" on top of pure Anjou tuffeaux (local limestone of the Loire Valley). Under vine is 80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% cabernet franc with vines that are 80 and 125 years old, respectively, and these grapes are always harvested by hand. The cabernets are co-fermented in cement and remain on the skins for extended maceration. Maturation takes place in tank for 18 months, followed by aging in barrel for an additional 6 months. Truly old-school Loire Cab, this wine exemplifies the chalky, limestone terroir of Clos Bertin - lean, racy palate of just-ripe strawberry, tart raspberry, deeply roasted green bell pepper and bold savory flavors. This is a major step up from your bistro cabernet quaffs. The bright acidity and fine tannin means this wine still has some further aging potential. Biodynamically grown.

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