Domaine Du Mortier 2014
St Nicolas de Bourgueil is a fairly young vineyard, brothers Fabien and Cyril Boisard having established it in 1996. They have about 9 hectares of vines to their name, with a mix of sand and gravel typical of St- Nicolas-de-Bourgueil terroirs, although there are also vines planted on the more highly regarded clay-limestone soils of the region. The vines, which are solely Cabernet Franc, are all worked by hand: this includes soil management by a combination of grassing over and ploughing, and an occasional application of biodynamic compost. The brothers have solid organic and biodynamic credentials, having certification from “Nature et Progrès”, one of the longest-established bodies overseeing and certifying organic agriculture in France, and from Ecocert.
Cabernet Franc fruit sourced from 20-30 year-old vineyards on chalky soils. Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil has a temperate climate with oceanic influence decreasing the chances of frosts for the areas vineyards.
After destemming, the whole berries are macerated in oak vats for 16 days with only foot crushing. The wine is aged in vats for six months.
The wine has no additions of sugar or artificial yeast.
The resulting wine has a nose of ripe black-fruits, anise and liquorice. The palate is light, round, silky tannins, yet is crisp and clean.
Tasty with veal, pork, poultry, salmon and cheese.