Grape(s): Cabernet Franc
Localization: Bourgueil, Loire Valley, France
Tasting Notes: Red currants, black pepper, luscious minerality.
The Domain: There are few properties in France that can boast such a great pioneering legacy in organic farming as Domaine Guion. In the 1950s, the Guion family established their farm in the heart of Bourgueil. Since 1965, they have farmed organically, and since taking over from his father in 1990, Stéphane Guion has placed an even greater emphasis on farming their 8.5 hectares of vines. He is a well-respected vigneron in Bourgueil and is often consulted by other growers who are curious about converting to organic farming. The Guion's vineyards are planted on clay and limestone soils with vines that range from 10 to 80 years old. All fruit is hand-harvested, fermented with native yeasts, and once the wine is bottled, it is aged in a large cave shared with six other families that once served as a historic Resistance hideout during World War II.
Buy 6 bottles of regularly priced (not on sale) wines and receive 5% off.
Buy 12 and receive 10% off.
Email sale wines do not combine nor count towards the above discount.
We would consider all wine to be "Natural". The term "Natural Wine" has the connotation of lacking a touch with nature. The winegrowers we champion are those who are farmers first. They seek to capture the uniqueness of the site (terroir) in the purest way possible. The product is as pure as possible and without wine-making flaws (brettanomyces, mercaptans, volatile acidity, etc.
Raw, in this case, we define as realistic and not manipulated. The winemakers use the least amount of intervention as possible. Wine should be made in the vineyard, not the cellar. The winemaker's job is to get the wine into the bottle in the purest form possible. There are additives that go into making wine, some are essential and some are not. Wines in this category do not have extra additives. They are free of added sulfur, or have the most minimal amounts possible in order to provide shelf stability for the consumer to experience the wine as the winemaker intended it to be.