Grape(s): Cabernet Franc
Localization: Bourgueil, Loire Valley, France
Tasting Notes: Mid-purple color with garnet highlights. The nose emits aromas of fresh blueberries, tobacco leaf, lead pencil and ground chili peppers. On the palate, the Cuvée Domain delivers a lovely bucolic charm with energetic acidity, a lively mineral concentration that complements the fruit perfectly, and fine tannins. Even though the wine is the "introductory" cuvée, there is enough structure and concentration to age for 5-10 years. That said, the wine is so delicious it would be hard to resist drinking it now.
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.