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Julien Delrieu, 2019 Le Jeau, Vin de France


Producer


Vintage

2019

Region

FranceLoire Valley

Appellation

Le Jeau

Cuvée

Vin de France

Varietal

Grolleau,, Cabernet Franc

Farming

Organic & Biodynamic

Vinification

Organically Grown Grapes, Low Sulfur Vinification & Aging, Indigenous yeast fermented, Large format barrel aged

Soil Type

Sedimentary Clay, Schist, Clay

50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Grolleau

Soils in Le Jeau vineyard are made up of clay and schist over schist bedrock.

Whole cluster foot-tread fermentation with indigenous yeasts. Aged in neutral oak puncheons. Less than minimal sulfur used.

Grolleau is an historic varietal of the Loire that, until recently, was generally over-cropped and used mostly for blending or producing cheap sweet rosé. In the right hands, however, it can produce a very bright sensual red wine and blended with Cabernet Franc, as in this case, it rounds off the harder edges of the more tannic varietal and sweetens up the fruit just a bit. In the past 10 years it has been experiencing a much deserved renaissance in the Loire valley.

This dark wine shows telltale Cabernet Franc notes of schist driven minerals that frame the sweet red fruit brought by the Grolleau. The tannins are well-coated but provide a fine gritty texture that make this wine remarkably food friendly. Try with spicy food for a true revelation.

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