Frederic Mabileau Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil 'Eclipse' 2015

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Producer: Frederic Mabileau
Country: France
Region: Loire Valley
Sub Region: Touraine
Grape Variety: Cabernet Franc
Additional Information: Vegan
Farming: Biodynamic
ABV: 13%
Style: Red Wine
Classification: Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil AOC

Eclipse from Frederic Mabileau is a small production Cabernet Franc from a special 2 ha vineyard in St Nicolas de Bourgueil. The vines are on limestone clay and average 58 years of age. The wine oozes class and refinement but is packed with dense, concentrated black and red fruit aromas along with cedar, cigar and sweet spice notes. Although concentrated the wine has amazing freshness and silky tannins. It is a wine which will benefit from several years ageing if you can resist it.

Based in Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, in the Loire Valley’s Touraine region, Frederic Mabileau is a 28ha estate which has emerged over the last 20 years as one of the world’s greatest producers of Cabernet Franc. The Domaine has been run by Frederic’s wife, Natalie and her two sons, Charly & Remy since the tragic passing of Frederic in August 2020.

Frederic planted his first vines in the late 1980’s in the ‘Rouilleres’ vineyard which was owned by Natalie. Here he farmed the grapes for the ‘Rouilleres’ cuvee and later Eclipse. After his dad retired in 2003, Frederic combined his Domaine with his dad's which gave him vineyard holdings in St Nicolas de Bourgueil, Bourgueil, Saumur and Anjou. The Domaine has been certified Organic since 2007 and Biodynamic since 2018. These are some of the most pure and complex expressions of Cabernet Franc we have come across. They are a testament to the love and hard work which Frederic put into his vineyards.

The new cellar and winery were finished in 2020 complete with a fantastic restaurant called Chez Odette. Remy has expanded the range over the past few years also with the introduction of FRED, a wine dedicated to his late father and made using carbonic maceration. He has also ventured into the world of ancestral method sparkling wine, or Pet’ Nat to you crazy young kids, with a Chenin Blanc and Pineau d’Aunis version.

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