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A Pair from Bourgueil


I have rather enjoyed the wines of Bourgueil as of late.  They are fresh with good acidity which is never overwhelming and posses a seriousness that allows for short-term aging.  Of the two features in this post the Catherine & Pierre Breton, Trinch is one to start drinking now.  The Frederick Mabileau drinks well now but should be even better in a year or two.  Both of these wines are from organic domaines.  They are available at MacArthur Beverages.

2011 Catherine & Pierre Breton, Trinch, Bourgueil – $19
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is  100% Cabernet Franc sourced from the younger 30-year-old vines on gravel soils.  It was vinified in stainless steel using indigenous yeasts.  Alcohol 12%.  The color is medium+ ruby purple.  In the mouth the flavors are fairly dry with moderate concentration and a soft feel on the tongue.  The wine tastes pure with some tart fruit.  The acidity is always supportive never overt.  With air there is good expansion and the wine becomes a bit mouthfilling.  *** Now-2015.

2010 Frederick Mabileau, Les Rouilleres, St Nicolas de Bourgueil – $16
Imported by Simon N Cellars.  This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc sourced from 36-year-old vines on soils of sand and gravel.  It is vinified in stainless steel.  Alcohol 12.5%.  The color is a medium ruby-cranberry.  The nose combines aromas of orange, red fruit, and pepper which is soft and scented.  In the mouth there is bright red fruit, a little orange note, and plenty of acidity which is somewhat broad.  The wine is moderate in weight with notes of pepper, graphite, and dried herbs in the finish.  There are some ripe and drying tannins.  This drinks now but should develop over the next two years.  *** Now-2018.

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